Sunday, August 26, 2012

Quickie

What is this lady doing? Why is she reading and not turning pages but making a swiping motion?

Surely she is too old for one of those electric book reading devices. What a wondrous time we live in.

17 comments:

  1. The only time you'd get me using one of those electric book gizmos is when paperback novels and newspapers are no more which isn't likely in my life time.

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  2. I have only recently converted to one coz the local library were loaning them out as an experiment. Love that I don't have to go to the library to get the books but it just gets too much trying to digest all the books One borrows.

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  3. Love it. I still get wrong-footed when I see 70+ somethings using mobile phones - cleverer than me! Likewise I get thrown when is see young 'uns of obvious oriental ethnicity on PT talking in fluent Strine. My reaction is the same as yours Shirl - 'What a wondrous time we live in.'

    Variety is the spice of everything.

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  4. Ma has the hang of it and she's 82 but she still can't work Angry Birds.

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  5. I like that she's got a red cover just like I have. I don't swipe mine to turn pages I have a button on either side. You're never too old and I still love real books too. The kindle is just so much more convenient when travelling on the buses. Lightweight, yet holds so many books within.

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  6. I was just in Canberra and witnessed my Aunt's mum (who is 88) having a skype session wishing my grandma (90) a happy birthday on an ipad. I felt extremely inadequate.

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  7. it seems funny i know but she might have been using modern err technology for the last 25 years. I know I have:)she might well be what you call an early adopter.

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  8. Indeed an Oz sheila schoolmate of mine used to interact with her late 90+ mum via email and Skype. It's a wonderful thing spanning multi generations.

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  9. Windsmoke, never say never. I like books but am not promising to never buy an electric book reader.

    Michael, that is very salient. I struggle to get through books nowadays. The thought of having books at my fingertips simply does not fit into my life.

    RH, people reading, good, whatever form.

    LS, I recently looked around on a tram and there were as many old people staring at small screens as young people. I pretend that I never notice obviously foreign types who aren't. And I don't assume they only have a simple grasp of English. Truly though, it is something I am quite aware of.

    Jah Teh, that had slipped my mind. I should have asked you to take a photo of your Ma with her electric book reader.

    River, I may have been exaggerating about her swiping to turn pages. I did not actually notice that. I can well imagine how great they for people who are mobile.

    Ad Rad, I know what you mean. I was considered a computer expert in the nineties. Now I am a Luddite.

    Info, at my age, the years are starting to blend. I am not so young, not that much younger than her in the photo. You are right. She could be very tech literate.

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  10. LS, do you think we will die with laptops at our bedside with an unfinished sentence on the screen?

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  11. She is sitting next to a metcard machine. She is pretending to swipe an e reader but in reality is just there with a machine that emits powerful magnetic rays to interfere with the metcard machine so's over-zealous ticket inspectors will meet their quota.

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  12. FC, I would agree with you, but her colour co-ordination is so good. No nerdy Metcard machine zapper would get it so right.

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  13. I just spent the weekend with an almost 2 year old that can work a freakin iPad. Scary.

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  14. Fen, some parents think it is good for kiddies to learn computers early. I don't. They will learn them regardless now.

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  15. Most of the e-readers have that swipe function to turn the pages. I've seen it a lot myself. I prefer the button click of mine, since I already do much swiping on the mouse pad of the laptop.

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