Anyone who knows me, recognises that I don't have the brain capacity to absorb the rapid advances in technology.
I'm always quite a few steps behind everyone else. I find it hard to keep up...probably because I don't like change.
My computer/internet knowledge is limited compared to most people. Although I found blogger friend, Fly in the Web, to be a like-minded soul. She and I have muddled through various techy problems together through trial and error. We once joked about producing a book for computer numpties.
I am almost completely self-taught...not easy on Turkish computers I can tell you. It can take me hours, if not days, to work out how to do a simple task, which would take most people minutes to perform.
My introduction to the world of the internet happened when I worked in a gift shop in Goreme about 7 years ago. The shop was quiet most of the time so I was allowed to mess about with the computer there. And a lot of messing about took place. I made an awful lot of mistakes, and often lost or deleted stuff. Thankfully I had an understanding boss.
When we moved from Cappadocia to Selçuk, we bought a secondhand desktop from an internet cafe that was closing down, and used it until it finally gave up. I replaced this with a Lenovo laptop which lasted for 2 years, which was then replaced by my current laptop...also a Lenovo. There were plenty of models to choose from, but as I said,I don't like change, so stuck with what I knew.
I like to take my laptop with me on my trips to the UK, and also to wherever Mr A is working during the summer months, but it's so heavy and cumbersome.
Mr A's boss at Torba last summer, was a bit obsessed with gadgets and bought a Toshiba N250 notebook. He then went on to buy a different model and gave the Toshiba to Mr A. It weighs just 1.8kg and is described as follows:
*Essential netbook computing. Offering up to 8.5 hours battery life, the ultra lightweight NB250 has a stylish gloss black textured design and features a 25.7cm (10.1" TruBrite display. Processing is provided by the latest Intel Atom processors and the NB250 has a near full-size keyboard for ease of use*
Mr A has since offered to swap his netbook for my laptop because he knows I would be better off with something more easily transportable. But I declined...as usual scared of change.
Yesterday, however, I bit the bullet and decided to give it a go. Mr A took it to the computer shop and had the hard drive cleaned and a new programme installed. Windows 7 in ENGLİSH...yay! I spent the rest of the day, evening, and until the early hours of this morning, downloading everything that I hoped I would need and generally trying to work out how to use it. At the same time I uninstalled and deleted stuff on the laptop, enabling Mr A to take over.
I love it! I wish I'd changed before when I had the chance. Why on earth do I not have the confidence to tackle something new?
Of course it would seem that many people have moved on to those touch-screen notepads now...the tablet type thingy. And as usual I'm a step behind. It will probably be years before I attempt something like that...by which time of course, technology will have moved on and something different will be in fashion.