Wanted: Technology That's Proven
I Don't have a "Palm." Of course you know I'm speaking of the hand-held wireless personal computing devices that are so prevalent at every business meeting, trade show and airport terminal—or any other place where business persons converge of late. I'm intrigued by these and other personal digital assistants but haven't ventured over the line into buying one due to two fears: 1) I worry that by the time I purchase, set up and learn to use my "Palm," it will have become obsolete. 2) I fear I'll screw the thing up some how—or a computer bug will do it for me—and I'll lose everything I've put into it.
So instead, I hold on dearly to my teeny, cloth Laura Ashley phone book that is threadbare because I've had the darn thing since college. But, it holds inside a wealth of information including addresses, phone and fax numbers, e-mails, children's names, a birthday list, etc.
Maybe some day I'll get up the guts to go put all my valuable data into a digital format. But for right now, I like having it on paper. (I admit I'm a slow adopter of new technology. As my husband will attest to, I've just now figured out how to use a cell phone!) I'm not at all impressed by technology for technology's sake. Give me something of value: a time saver, an education resource.
It's the same for my use of the Web. I don't surf; the last thing I want to do is spend more time on my computer. I use the Internet to get what I need and then I get off. Don't get me wrong: I think it's a great tool to help me find information or buy stuff, especially shop for gifts. I'm just not into playing with technology: I want technology that works.