Disrupting our lives

digital-disruptionIt is not that technology has changed our lives, we can all agree on that, but more it is the speed with which our lives have been disrupted by the incessant and relentless changes that technology and innovation has brought about.

Time to get used to almost constant digital disruption is in short supply, and for an ageing population having to accommodate so many new ways and indeed many new demands on our brains and time will leave a proportion opting out, many more struggling with the new – mostly technology driven – changes, and others like members of SeniorNet bravely tackling the learning process and breaking down the barriers.

One of my more concerning thoughts is

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Windows 10 – Handy tips

Tips and tricksSo you have upgraded to Windows 10 already and are familiar with what it has to offer.

If you are up-to-date you now have what Microsoft calls Build No. 10565 installed or updated automatically to your PC.

If you are awaiting Kapiti SeniorNet’s call to upgrade then the following tips will come in handy once you are updated because Microsoft has not publicized them.


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Progress of sorts

Once upon a time there were no Plastics!

The-Good-Old-DaysWe had wood and steel and organic materials and most things were handmade or finished by hand and, yes, cost rather more.

But then the furniture or cooking appliance lasted and our clothes were sturdy and the oilskin were made with whale oil.

Then came plastics, I still remember Bakelite, electric switch covers, radio casings, kitchenware and even pipe stems were made of the stuff. It was developed by a Belgian chemist back in 1907, Leo Baekeland, then living in New York.

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Don’t read this, unless…

Deutsch: IFA 2010, Berlin

Deutsch: IFA 2010, Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the time of the year when the hair on the head of the Techies quivers with anticipation for all the new cool gadgets to be presented this week in Germany, in Berlin to be exact, at the  IFA exhibition there. There is quite a bit of history attached to the show for it began back in 1924 when it was all about radio, and even the name of the show IFA abbreviated from Internationale FunkAusstellung  (Funk=Radio, Ausstellung=Exhibition) has remained since then.


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