not meaning to generalizing all 80 years as computer illiterate just going by what he said in the beginningcurtvaughan wrote:Well, as a dithery old 64-year old who got my first data processing/computer job at age 22 mucking around on a CDC 64/6600 after getting out of the navy (communications rate) in 1974, I was hired by some rather computationally astute people in their late 30s or early 40s at the time. If folks like them are still dithering around at all, I'd guess them to be in their mid-80s by now. People in their 80s were in their 30s in the sixties, at which time mainframe computing was in full force. Assembly language, Fortran, and Cobol were the lingua-computerie of the day, and some guy named Ritchie, who'd be 75 if alive, was getting the itch to invent a language called C. My point, I guess, is that you should perhaps avoid generalizing 80-somethings as computer illiterate, though as with younger folks, illiteracy can be found.
Hobbling and dithering, half mast be d&*ned! - Curt
My parents are the same way as a lot of folks that never made the move to computers during that era, I talk to them everyday at work.My dad IS NOT a computer geek, he wants to turn it on, click and icon, and have it work. He does not want to configure things, hassle with updates, deal with wifi issues, etc
Some on the other hand like yourself did jump on the bandwagon when it came out and know probably more then most.
The only reason I moved to computers myself in the early 90's was because it took over my career so it was jump on the bandwagon or lose my job, I just happened to enjoy it more then most in my field at that time.
We actually owe what we have now to those folks that did jump on that bandwagon
But probably 70% to 80% of the folks I talk to never did and just want something as simple as possible to use but their is that 20% to 30% that do know and are a pleasure to listen .