Our technology rules our lives By Ron Hailes

I haven't written a story for a couple of months , have I been to busy ,no ideas ,or just plain lazy .None of the above, I simply stood on my laptop and broke the screen . It would be fair to ask why I didn't just replace it straight away ? Surely I cant live without a laptop. The answer is no I cant ,but I chose to try and just use my IPAD which in fact can do 99% of the things I need to do. That one thing I couldn't do was write texts that were more than just few words so my emails were very short and writng a 300 word Bytestory was never going to happen , it just doesn't work with no keyboard for me , so no laptop ,no writing. It just made me realise how dependant we are on our technical toys, we are so controlled by them that we have lost the ability and even the will to do things the old way . Who writes letters these days , even that amazing invention from the seventies ,the fax machine is redundant these days. The pace of change is stunning and right now I feel that I am losing the battle, every day something new comes along that astounds me, the latest being 3 D printers. I cant even begin to work out how they work but apparently the Aston Martin cars used in Skyfall were nothing more that 3D printed models. I just cant fathom it , I can make calls on my phone and use the Internet on it. My phone probably makes coffee I just can find the button. On a postive note I am writing this on my new $400 laptop. It would have been $4000 just 10 years ago.

in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


I am a sometimes writer, stand up comic ,MC and Radio Presenter- these are my passions but I normally travel throughout SE Asia training sales and management staff in the Auto Industry

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