It was the 1980’s. The decade of Parachute Pants and Big Hair. Cheers, Magnum PI (the good version), and Golden Girls were on our TVs. We listened to music on Boom Boxes and Walkman cassette players. And Michael Jackson’s Thriller ensured Disco was very, very dead.

It was also the decade computers got personal.

I did not grow up using computers. That was not my generation. Even in the 1980’s I was well past my childhood and was working on a degree from the UW. The day I purchased my first computer I had gone to the store to buy a word processor. That’s all I needed. But a good salesman convinced me to get a computer running DOS. It booted from one 5.25″ floppy disk and saved files to a second 5.25″ disk. 

I told him I had no idea what I’d use a computer for and his response was “Trust me, you’ll find a ton of uses for it.” He was certainly correct; and years later I’ve made a good career from the technology.

Now, as I look back I am reminded of the words of American Nurse Practicioner and Humorist Alice Kahn who said “For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.”

The reality of technology has failed to live up to the promise. And it’s not just no flying cars. With every technological advance comes at least one more thing to learn. One more change that has to be made. One more annoyance. 

Which brings us to Tech Talk. My aim is to provide a resource to learn about new wonders, and hopefully laugh at all those little annoyances. But, it will also be a source of information on the latest viruses and scams in the area. So check here first and often.