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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change? 429

An anonymous reader writes "Despite the fact that I am fairly young at twenty-four years old, people see me as rather 'old school.' I regularly use Lynx, IRC, Pine, have many consoles open, and am currently typing this on an older plain black laptop that has a matte 4:3 display and no chiclet keys. As the days progress, I am coming to the realization that the 'old school' computing world that I grew up in is slowly fading away and a new world of Windows 8, Web 3.0, tablets, smart televisions, and social networking is starting to become fairly common. If there is anything I have learned, it is that most humans have a desire to throw out the old and accept the new without any sort of hesitation. Like many Slashdot users (I am sure you know who you are), I do not accept the new as easily as I probably should. How have you learned to adapt and accept things that are new and different in the world of technology and computers? If not, what are some effective strategies to utilize to keep these kids off my lawn?"
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change?

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  • Do you need to? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Galaga88 ( 148206 ) on Thursday May 16, 2013 @06:43PM (#43746069)

    If the current tools you have are getting the job done, I don't see a need to change.

    If you want to force yourself into getting started with new technology, I'd start with a rootable Android smartphone, or a Nexus 7 if you don't want to spring for a phone plan. Then just jump right in to exploring it.

    You'll learn a lot of the new interface tricks that are shared with tablets/phones, there's a lot of devices and web services they can integrate with, and you can still get your hack on and put SSH and all that other fun stuff on the device.

  • by Desler ( 1608317 ) on Thursday May 16, 2013 @07:29PM (#43746625)

    We had "SMS" fifteen years ago with bidirectional alphanumeric pagers and TAP.

    The SMS specification was completed in 1990 and the first commercial implementation came out in 1993 which is 5 years before your "fifteen years ago".

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