4 comments on “The Ultimate Con Trick? – Part Two

  1. Following on from Graham’s blog, I thought I would share my technology experiences, which started in 1964 when I first started working for a living at age 16.
    The office technology at that time consisted of a manual typewriter. A fax machine or photocopier didn’t exist in my world. If someone wanted a copy of a letter, the typist was expected to type it out and then write “COPY” on top. That was it!
    As I moved on with my career, I came upon a “Gestetner” machine (manually operated – electric ones came later on). This meant the typist had to disengage the typewriter ribbon and strike the keys hard enough to cut a stencil. Accuracy was vital. The stencil would then go onto a cylindrical drum with ink in it. You turned the drum and hoped the ink would come through the stencil evenly and onto your sheet of paper. A copying machine! About the same time, I was given an electric typewriter – wow!
    Then came my experience of a telex machine. These had been around for quite a long time but it was a good way to communicate anywhere in the world (with another telex machine). This gave you a long thin strip of paper with your message on it.
    Photocopiers next. What a god send they were. The time they saved was remarkable although it usually was a meeting point for a natter with colleagues.
    About 1984 I got my first computer. There wasn’t a manual for it, just a person from the computer company to try and explain how it worked. The rest was a case of muddling through. The “cut and paste” feature was an absolute joy. I had never seen anything like it before.
    As most of you will know, computers have moved on at quite a pace and whilst I “grew up” with this learning, I am the first to admit that since I retired in 2008, it has now passed me by, big time. I can still use my computer but I struggled when I got a Smartphone last year. Again, no manual as such, just the phone telling you what to do, which is fine if you understand what it’s saying. Ah well, things will just keep moving on.

    Susan Foster

  2. It is difficult to see where the next “big improvement” will come from. Perhaps the day when the robots do it all will be it; not that that will be pleasing….what would all of us that spend all day using PCs do for a living then? Kind of like another industrial revolution, although the machines that take over won’t be run by steam.

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