I am an old man, but I love technology. Although many of my peers had trouble trying to send an email, I was having light years.

One of the most useful things I've learned in school is touch writing. By the time I finished grade 10, I could write 60 words per minute using any type of mechanical typewriter and producing a set of documents. Learning to write has helped me in every job since then.

I first came to technology when I joined RAAF in 1965. Then, we had strip machines, or more convenient Telex machines. We wrote a message that appeared as dots on a long, narrow paper tape and when finished, paste the tape in the device, tie it to the phone line and press a button. The Telex bar will talk about sending the message faster than I can write. Produced original and carbon copy simultaneously.

If that wasn't impressive enough, when I got to college in 1982 (as a student at a young age), I discovered the early Apple II computer and word processing software called Zardax. It didn't take long to use the university's computers and printers to produce my own tasks, all of which were printed within minutes that seemed clear and professional.

My fellow students were paying people to produce their assignments while doing short work at any given time. It automatically enabled me to be able to cut, paste, cheer, tilt, create footnotes and change my life forever.

She later became a teacher in Queensland (Australia) for technical education and further education in business and computing. She studied writing using mechanical and electronic typewriters and word processors, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, databases, and programming among other things. I loved technology, loved students, and enjoyed teaching it.

There was a lot to be achieved using whiz-bang technology and well-studied programming software. As a teacher, and then head of department and training manager, it made my life much easier and more productive.

Since then I have loved technology and have great respect for those behind its design. Although I have resisted buying a SMART phone for a few years, it has adapted well to my iPhone and all the premium apps available.

Now, I can book a doctor's visit on an app and even get a time-accurate CASIO Edifice watch with the iPhone app every morning at 7 am.

How good is this?


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