Do you remember the time before computers, tablets, mobile phones and apps? How much time we in reality had on our hands back then? How we could have conversations with strangers at a bus stop or in a train, bus or airplane?
People, and especially young people don’t talk to each other any more like they used to. We all have our mobile phones with earplugs and apps, and often those things replace our interactions with real people.
We’ve all experienced or at least seen a group of people sitting around a table, where nobody is talking, because they all sit with their phones. All of us also know those updates on social media, where a person is writing from a party or concert or something like that, telling that it’s so great, fun, interesting, but still felt a need to pick up the phone in the middle of all the fun and tell us about it.
What is that about? If I went to some event that was so fantastic, I would maybe take a picture, but I would certainly not waste my time on sending updates before I was back home.
As I told you before, I am a translator, and I remember the times, when a translation could be done on a mechanical typewriter with two fingers and delivered on a sheet of paper. Back then I wasn’t so keen on getting a computer, because I had the idea that it would influence my life in a negative way, and I actually first got my first computer 20 some years ago.
Today I must admit that I love my computer. In my line of business I could not be without it, and I use it many hours every day. I am aware though that a big part of that time could be spend better doing something else. Like today.
I’d accepted a translation project for a customer and decided to do the work in a terribly expensive translation software I invested into a couple of years ago.
So I opened my computer and found the project and opened the program and got an error message that didn’t make any sense to me.
Now, I don’t have a tech guy in the back office, and I’m not really technically gifted, so I began to google what the problem could be, and I found lots of answers and ideas about, what I could do, only to find out that the different programs looked totally different on my computer, than the pictures I found of other peoples computer screens.
It took me hours to find out that my computer did hide some files from me and how I could make it show me those files. After that it took me several more hours to find the solution for my problem, and finally around 4 PM I was ready to use my program again and start my working day, which meant I had to work until midnight, to be able to meet my deadline tomorrow.
It’s days like today that make me long back to the olden days and to doing more of the things I actually like to do.