Lockdown, I can only go out for exercise and do essential shopping.
But when you think about it, it’s not that bad. I’m not stuck on an island in the middle of nowhere with no one to talk to. I am warm, I have food, I cn talk to people on the phone or online. I might be getting a bit bored. But it’s not like in the past, when I was a child. On Sundays everywhere was closed. No one that worked in simple, low paid jobs, could afford a car. Very few eople had tv’s and there was only one channel and a few radio stations. Computers didn’t exist except in universities or in the armed forces. The air was dirty and polluted, coal fires were the norm to heat houses. It was a different world.
Now we are linked? Possibly too much. But if we stay away from each other as much as we can? Things might just get better…
Just found these at the back of a bookcase, I don’t know the last time I used them or what’s on them. I do know the pc doesn’t have a slot for floppy discs anymore! What else will turn up on my bookcases? It’s part of history now!
Long time since I heard the dulcet tones of a modem too!
Good morning, I am your assessor, please fill in this form.
Online, on your laptop.
I don’t have a laptop!
On your PC or smart phone then.
….. Excuse me?
I don’t own a laptop, PC or smartphone. I only have a pay as you go phone…. Well use the library….
… But the library is shut. They closed it and made people redundant. Now they don’t have enough volunteers.
Don’t you have a friend or relative to help you?
I don’t, they are all elderly.
Well, you can use the web cafe down the road.
Down the road, in the precinct.
OK, thanks….. One more question?
How do you use a computer, I’ve never owned one or used one! I’m 63, always worked with my hands, never used anything but pencil and paper. Never did IT at school, we used slates and chalk till I was ten. Finished school at 13. Went to work down the pit.
Sorry sir. You will have to find someone else to help you, your time is up!
Apparently its 30 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide Web. The Internet had pre existed the Web.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is an English engineer and computer scientist. He is a professor of computer science at Oxford University and MIT.
More information can be found about him at Wikipedia
The idea of computers had been thought of from centuries ago. For instance there was a “difference engine” invented by Babbage. And then calculating machines such as the one that broke the enigma code in the second world war. Science fiction stories imagined huge single computers that could take over the world and it was up to a human (usually a man) to defeat it.
Now we have a massive Web of computers all over the world. I wonder if it will become self aware?