About a month ago, I purchased a new computer. Mine was running slowly and was all out of memory so that it was difficult to run programs and my Zoom calls were always in danger of getting …
About a month ago, I purchased a new computer. Mine was running slowly and was all out of memory so that it was difficult to run programs and my Zoom calls were always in danger of getting kicked offline.
So I finally broke down and went to an Apple Genius Bar where a very helpful man showed me a MacBook Air 2020. I was instantly sold, mostly because it has a terabyte of memory. Luckily my nephew Chris Finch was in town, so he helped me migrate all my stuff from my old computer. And I still have over 884 gigabytes of memory left! I don’t have the foggiest notion what a terabyte is, but I know it’s a lot of memory and it will take me a while to use it all up.
This also means that I can watch movies that don’t stutter and if I want to use a virtual background when I have Zoom meetings, I can do it. It’s amazing!
Best of all, this computer has enough memory to be able to install any updates recommended. That was getting to be a problem. I’d download apps or updates but couldn’t install them for lack of space. Ugh.
I’m glad my computer has lots of storage space, but I sure wish I had a terabyte of memory storage. I can remember my father saying that he had forgotten more than I would ever know. And at my age, I can begin to relate. I have a lot of skill sets that have become obsolete and there’s a lot of new stuff out there that I just can’t wrap my head around.
For instance, I was once adept at running off mimeos when I first started teaching. And I could thread a film projector and run a filmstrip projector too. I was very media-savvy back in the olden days.
I was quite adept at using a card catalog to find a book in the library. And I knew just which encyclopedia to grab to do my research. I even spent hours among the stacks in the university library after scrolling through the microfiche. Quite resourceful.
And in typewriting class during my senior year at DVCS, I learned how to set tabs on the typewriter, as well as how to center a heading. I also learned how to type the address on an envelope and how to properly fold a letter.
All these wonderful antediluvian skills served me well in their time and are still taking up some space in my random-access memory, though I think some of them may have migrated up to the “cloud.” I just hope I have sufficient brain storage for all the updates that life continues to throw at me. I don’t know if I have a terabyte of brain space left.
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