Weekend Assignment #323: Tech Savvy
When you bring home some new piece of technology, do you usually get it up and running with pleasant anticipation and calm confidence, or is there more likely to be much swearing, wailing and gnashing of teeth? What's the most trouble you've had with a new computer, tv, phone or related tech gadget?
Extra Credit: Who do you call in to help, if you get stuck?
In our house, there are no divided responsibilties. 'Im indoors and I share everything equally - childcare, housework (not much of that as we have a cleaner!), shopping, cooking, taking Max to his special ed (lots of that!). It means a lot of time spent talking about things, organising, comparing notes. But it's definitely worth it. There are a couple of exceptions: 'Im indoors tends to do all the repair work that involves gluing things. I tend to be in charge of the technology. So if we have a new computer, a new telly, or dvd player, I'm the one that sets it up. If, at a later stage, there's something wrong with any of the above, I'm the one that fixes it.
You might say I was a bit controlly about it all - I don't attempt to explain what I'm doing and I very rarely call in a repair person. Well the former is not entirely a matter of choice. I'd be incapable to say what needed doing before I'd done it. I just go in there, and fiddle till it works. And repairmen? They' re a bit scarce aren't they? And usually you have to take whatever it is that's broken to a shop miles away (we've no car) and then they'll take one look at it and tell you there's nothing they can do. You need to buy a new one.
And it's not even as if I understand the science. I have no idea what the bits do: I just know I like to poke them. So when my son spilt peach juice on the laptop, I made a couple of calls, and got out my screw drivers. Yep, I dissected the beast, and dried it with cotton buds...and...it works!
I don't feel there's really anything unusual about the woman in the family being the machine experts. In fact, most of the geeks I know tend to be women! When the iPad was coming out, all but one of my facebook friends who were getting excited about it were women. So imagine my puzzlement when I finally saw Steve Job's promotional video which featured only men... Clearly the boy doesn't know his market!
I'm hoping that my daughter also will be comfortable with machines. It's looking promising. Right now she's trying to circumvent a streaming problem with the Doctor Who episode she wants to watch on her daddy's computer. She's trying things out. I'm letting her. (Hey, her dad is out and it's his computer.)
Our son, of course, has all the ease of an autistic child with computers and things. But even he knows to defer to big sis or me when there's a problem with the tv.
Last week our computer scientist friend, Hannah, gave Charlotte a keyring from the conference she was attending. It was an advert for Digital Divas, and it said on it: 'It's a Girl Thing'. How cool is that?
And let's not forget that an ability to do stuff with computers leads to witchcraft, which, clearly, is also a girl thing!
Alyson Hannigan as Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
So who deals with the machines in your home?
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