Tuesday, February 21, 2017

If It Ain’t Broke…………

I am beginning to realize just how little I know about a computer. The more I try to do on this new one, the less I know.  When I try to look up “how to”, it only confuses me and makes me even more lost than I was to begin with.  It is so very frustrating.

I used my first computer while working for a law firm.  It was fun to try out this new way of doing things and learning how easy it was as compared to typing out everything by hand.  The only problem was, although I learned to use their computer fairly easily, it was not really learning how to use a computer program that would be helpful to me later.  The programs were written for legal documents and letters and did not teach basics that could be used in day to day computer use.  Luckily, when I changed jobs, it was with another law firm and my new-found skills were very useful.

My next job, however, was with The Parks and Conservation Department.  Their computers and programs were in the normal range of such thing and I was at a loss for a while of how to use them.  I was sent to classes (which basically consisted of them giving us a book and telling us to read a chapter and ask any questions we might have) to learn the basics.  Fortunately, I learned that I knew more than I thought I did and transferred my knowledge to a regular system instead of a legal system.  It worked well for me for years. Now, however, I am running into problems.

Most of the programs on this computer are in the normal range, word, excel and such.  I have my usual games and other frivolous ones as well.  I know that I have not had any computer training in years, but I have managed to maintain being able to do the things I needed to and enjoy.  It is becoming harder and harder to do this. 

Although Word is Word on most computers, both older and newer, it is beginning to be more and more complicated to do the simplest things with it.  What I used to be able to do easily, I now find quite complicated.

Like most people my age, I am not interested in going back to school to learn something all over again.  It there was something I became really interested in it would be a different story.  But this is an old thing that is something I conduct business and pleasure with and not a new exciting thing.  As such, I will just have to plow along and try to manage as best I can.

It is nice to constantly upgrade things to be able to do more and work more efficiently. But the parts that already fit into that category should be left alone.  As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”!

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