Modern problems: a Chaplinesque

I am so fed-up with computer-type crap, such as failures and glitches and GOTCHAS (my name for so-called easy to add-on and use programs and apps which take endless hours to either get working or get rid of).  They tap-tap-tap my furious button to the point where, if I add/change anything, I’m just waiting for something to go wrong that will cost me dearly in time, money, and hair follicles.

When I watch pre-1980 movies, my nostalgia-gene homes in on the absence of computers, cell-phones, the WWW.HTTP.XYZ, etc.  Yeah-yeah, without personal computers we wouldn’t be able to clabgerate the folderoll and other neat things humanity never thought of doing until Hi-Tech showed us what we could do, even if we didn’t want to, but we should because everyone else is, and you don’t want to get left behind, heaven forfend.

Life would be calmer and more enjoyable without all this computer stuff (originally flogged as a time-saving devise, ha-ha), though I’d be back to the old carbon copy and white-out routine—Does anyone under 25 even know what that was?— which I could still do, of course, although the world would pay even less attention to me than it does now.  Oh, woe am I.

Please don’t call me Luddite; I prefer Chaplinesque.

Anyway, that’s how I feel this first Sunday in August.

How do you handle computer/software/cloud woes?

5 thoughts on “Modern problems: a Chaplinesque”

  1. We were forced to come up along with the PC (or Mac, mercifully) in the graphic design business. For a while it was exciting, even staved off burnout after 20-some years. Now, after 20 more digital years I just want to mess around in my magic box, but since it has become a Terminal, other stuff keeps muddying the waters, and wheels are being reinvented and rolling over my once cutting-edge and hard-won expertise. It’s like going back to floppies and printer fonts whenever we reach out—or are reached for, more often. Writing is cool, however.

  2. Man, can I relate! Spent 8 hours over two days last week, trying to search through the nooks and crannies of my operating system to determine why and how a browser update I loaded had rendered several functions out of whack!
    HAL may rule yet. Are you listening, Dave (Steve)?

  3. I sure have a love/hate thing with tech. I still refuse to get a cell phone. I hate land line phones, too, most of the time, since they interrupt my life–usually for no good reason, and often for a malevolent one. (I think I get at least three calls a day from the scammers who say I can reduce my credit card debt by just giving them all my personal information.)

    But don’t knock the word “Luddite.” Not that Chaplin isn’t cool, but King Ludd is a great character, too. He was a mythical Robin Hood type whose story placed him near Nottingham some time in the middle ages. The movement that took his name were the lace makers and weavers whose lives were destroyed by the industrial revolution and mechanized looms. The would break into factories and smash the machines.

    So when you feel like smashing the machines that are ruining your life, you’re a good Luddite…if a Chaplinesque one.

  4. My computers have crashed a number of times over the years, and I’ve spent inordinate amounts of time figuring out what to do and how to do it, and gnashing my teeth about the wasted hours. But, I would not return to the pre-computer days of writing. Remember having to … ah yes, you do, carbon paper, white-out, retype, retype….Still, Chaplinesque is a good label. Mindfully Chaplinesque.

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