Boomerland: Will this sledgehammer fix my computer? | Boomerland

Nowhere in our wedding vows did Question, my spouse, concur to be my I.T., or information technology human being, or concur to listen to me grumble, “The flashy thingamajig won’t cooperate. @#$%$#! No surprise it is known as a curser.”

But because I semi-retired, Ponder is my very best solution for maintaining a laptop or computer functioning and not crushing it with a sledgehammer.

In spite of frustrations, 73% of people 65 and older are now aboard the internet practice. Which is up from 14% in 2000.

It is the Child Boomer generation’s equal to the early 20th century transition from horse and buggy to auto. We jump on the world wide web to fork out charges, see clinical reports, link with large faculty buddies, perform solitaire and Wordle, and argue with full strangers in excess of whether there must be open up carry of guns in churches.

I, for a single, have embraced technologies and specified it a sloppy, damp kiss. Technological know-how has responded by slapping me.

One particular day not too long ago, as I was striving to complete my laptop work, Apple Information flashed on the display screen. “Half of America’s youngsters ‘own’ a smartphone by age 11,” the headline blared. Nicely, bully on them, I imagined. When I was that age, my key problem was skipping rocks in the creek and popping “wheelies” on my Stingray bicycle without the need of tenderizing my encounter.

I bought back to get the job done.

A second afterwards, Apple Information popped up all over again. “Washington rated third rudest state by MoneyWise.com.” Even twice as great Walla Walla? I questioned.

I started to perform once more and an additional Apple Information headline popped up. “Washington has sixth premier populace of lively navy staff.” Here’s a salute, I thought, annoyed at the interruption. At this level, I assumed, I’ll be working on this task the early morning of my funeral.

Not all Boomers are enamored with the web. Some really don’t have a laptop or computer or even a cellphone. They are the popular grandparents at birthday events, as they do not plop down on the sofa and in seconds have faces glued to their phones.

Like them, I am technologically hesitant. Retired early many thanks to a pandemic layoff, I give many thanks to no longer getting to struggle a personal computer 8 hours a day, five times a 7 days, 50 weeks a year. No for a longer time do I confront error messages and epic pc fails on deadline. No for a longer time do I have to offer with 30 electronic mail messages an hour, lots of no much more consequential than a moth buzzing a gentle.

Even even though I restrict my time on the personal computer, I even now have to continuously update passwords. If passwords have been cattle, I’d be the richest rancher in the Columbia Basin.

Facebook, a bright star in the net sky, gives its have troubles. The other working day, for instance, I showed desire in a boat. Now every 10th merchandise on my feed is an ad for a boat, quite a few exceptionally modest as “Big Brother” would seem to know my finances is “comfortably weak.” Didn’t know you could float a boat the size of a Davy Crockett lunchbox.

When working, I was on a to start with-name foundation with assistance desk. Hello, Adam! Now Marvel has taken around that position, which is fine other than when my fabric-artist wife is neck deep in generating a quilt.

“Just turn off the pc, hon,” she says. “Then turn it on yet again. That need to correct it.”

Usually that will work — and even fixes the “curser.” Nonetheless, the frustration is palpable. Will make me want to toss the computer in the creek and consider up rock skipping again.