Sunday, December 30, 2012

Joining the Modern World of Electronics..One Step at a Time!


There are so many ‘toys’ to play with.... cell phones, smartphones, computers, tablets and a host of other interesting and intriguing electronics. 

I have never been one to have to have something because it’s the in thing, or just because everyone else does.  Truthfully, I don’t like change. Just ask my husband. My thought is... if it’s not broken..don’t fix it..don’t change it! 

Years ago, my son was in a pigua [terror attack] on the Ben Yehuda pedestrian walkway in Jerusalem.  B”H he wasn’t physically injured but suffered from shock. 

Being only 17 years old, he was too scared to go to the hospital and instead wanted to phone us and come home. He told the police he will go with his parents.  Being in his shock, he couldn’t remember our phone number.

The next day, we bought a cell phone. It was a big and bulky Motorola.  I told my son, he wasn’t to leave home without it.  I convinced myself that I bought him a phone not as a luxury but as a necessity for security. Within a couple of weeks my husband decided he also wanted a cell phone. 

Next came the computer. “What did we need it for”, I told my family [my son and husband really wanted one]. “We aren’t running a business. Just to play, it’s an expensive toy”. 

Several months after saying no, no, no we don’t need mother a”H passed away and she left money and instructions for her grandchildren. The older boys received money to buy computers and the girls wedding dresses. [I wonder how she knew about computers] The married grandchildren received cash. 

Okay, so now we were on the search for the best deal on computers...Believe me, it was the blind being taken...we knew nothing about computers... We learned as we shopped.  Living in Gush Etzion, a fellow from Efrat was recommended to us. He sold us everything but the kitchen sink....  

We were hooked on the computer very quickly. We still didn’t have internet, so we bought some discs and we just played..... Our Kibbutz grandchildren and their friends would come over to play a game or two, we were the most popular grandparents on the kibbutz.

It took another year before we became really ‘modern’ and hooked up to internet.  Just thinking how naïve we were. We were amazed at email and chats.  Our first bill was over 1200 shekels.  I thought my husband was going to burst....We couldn’t understand why it was so expensive....until a very nice lady at Bezeq told us about WOW, a new program Bezeq was offering, to cut the cost of internet. Our bill dropped drastically. So now we were really ‘modern’, cell phones, computer, internet..what would be next for us?   

We traded in our bulky cell phone for three slim, tiny LG phones. Just a plain phone, no camera, no sms, just a phone.  You see, by then, I too wanted a cell phone... This phone was so tiny, it fit in the palm of my hand.

We signed a three year contract, and when the contract ran out we once again joined the ‘modern age’ and bought three Nokia cell phones with cameras and SMS availability. 

I remember how much fun I had snapping everything in sight and sending SMS to my children. As far as I was concerned it did everything I needed but make coffee. 

Now on the market, plain Jane cell phones have been replaced with Smartphones. I think they can make coffee....We didn’t buy a Smart phone, we are still using our ‘dumb phone’. 

Last week, we really became ‘modern’ when we bought two tablets. A new electronic store had just opened in Netivot and was selling a 7 inch tablet for 330 shekels. A great deal. 

My husband and I were back in the ‘stone age’, not knowing what to do with it or why we needed it.  We bought the tablet because our daughter had one and she couldn’t stop talking about how great it was and how it gave you an extra computer in the house. It took our son a couple of hours to figure out how to use and then he taught us. 

So what’s next for us ‘old folks’... I can’t imagine, but then again, I couldn’t ever imagine we would have cell phones, a computer, and now a tablet....[My husband said a tablet used to be something you took when you were sick, today we communicate with it.]  Go figure!

Electronic ‘toys’ can be a bad thing if misused but can also be a door to new horizons. 

Hashem has provided us with the necessary tools to reconnect with our long lost family and friends, to learn through all the shuirim online, to help others who request Tefilia and most important to be grateful for everything we have. Life is good! 

Until next time please feel free to comment and share.



Alissa said...

You sound like me :) I worked for years as a computer programmer, yet never had any technology myself. I was one of the first to have a computer at home, only because I had to have it for work, but I was one of the last people to get a cellphone, I still have a dumbphone. I only got an iPod because someone gave me their old iPod Shuffle when they upgraded, and we just inherited a iPad from my Mother-in-Law.

And I have to admit, I'm kindasortamaybe getting a little hooked on the iPad :)


Batya said...

a tablet, oh boy, but now you'll have paper reading on Shabbat and magic on chol...
I'm getting tempted, too, tell me how it goes

Deborah Lambson said...

Great commentary on keeping up and staying young! :)
my husband bought us both iPads a few months ago and I love it. Google raspberry pi..if you haven't already heard of it. Astonishing. And I'm sure my grand kids would know better what to do with that than I!
My husband bought one of those too.. :) we shall see what that does when it comes in.

Sara said...

Very enjoyable blog! Have fun playing.


Unknown said...

Hi there,
I do not look at the electronic gadjets as toys, I work with them and they have become a sort of a hobby for me. I have even been building PCs from parts that Hi-Tech companies throw out. I also received my first cell phone many years ago as a holiday gift from a company I was working for. I have put together a number of PCs so that my grandchilren have access to at least 2 PCs per household. Its fun, it keeps the mind active and I learn something new all the time. The last time I was in NY I bought an Archos tablet for my daughter and I bought an HP Laptop for myself online for a little more than 1/2 the price of what they sell for here. With this technology I have been able to contact family after loosing touch with them. It even helped me change my position many years ago and enabled me to more than double my salary. BTW I do not play on any of them.

Freyda said...

Great, fun blog Miriam. Enjoyed reading it. Would love a tablet, but definitely not till I have a secure income ...

bagelnosher said...

You guys are ahead of me, with "tablets". And you're right: when I have a tablet, I swollow it.

Although I started earlier -- I had computers in my office in the early 1980's -- I didn't know how to use them until one day my secretary was home sick, and I decided that if SHE would work the darn thing, I surely could! Well, there was a lot of blood, sweat and tears to it, but I did manage to learn enough to do my own work processing when I wanted to. There was no internet in those days, and no mouse. It was all done by keystroke. And my first two computers? So expensive I had to lease them -- and paid something like $300 a month to LEASE!! Wow!!! Things have definitely gotten better -- now I'm totally addicted to my computers.

Chaya said...

Very cute blog. Sounds like so many of us who only cave in when we get pushed into it.... happily, in the end.


Sharon said...

Miriam, one of my friends bought me a NETBOOK a few months ago. She said that it was RIDICULOUS that I was the only journalist in a room that was writing notes with a pencil and pad. She said it was time I entered the 21st century. I am trying to get used to it, but I still love the feel and the genuine reporter pose of writing on a NOTEBOOK, not a NETBOOK.


Devorah said...'re blaming me????? BTW...loved the blog..