Segments: Slices From the Macintosh Life
I found ATPM on a disc (freebie?) issued with a Mac magazine here in the UK and liked what I saw. So I decided to subscribe and did the necessary correspondence. The next thing I saw was an attachment on my Eudora program which somehow had to be unstuffed (I think). I played around with my computer for awhile. After having it tell me repeatedly I was doing it wrong, I was delighted to see a page of "AFTM" come to life on my screen. Satisfied, I went to bed.
The next day I tried to retrieve "APTM," but could find it nowhere. I asked the Finder, but it couldn't find it either. I concluded that I had inadvertently trashed it (something I'm prone to do), and thought no more of it. Actually, I thought a lot about it, but the thoughts were mostly along the lines of "Man, am I stupid."
A bit of explanation: I'm using a new computer (Macintosh Performa 6320) that I bought when I thought I'd outgrown my previous Perfoma (a 400). My 6320 has a lot of new things on it which I'm just beginning to explore. In my searches for "APTM," (I couldn't remember what the initials stood for) I was referred frequently to the dialog box pointed toward the "Documents" folder on the desktop. Well, having nothing better to do, I explored it.
One list item was "About This Particular Mac 3.01" which I took to be just another informational document about the new features on the PowerPC. Nonetheless, I gave it a look and you can guess what I found....
The point I'm getting to, laboriously, is that learning doesn't come easily to the aged. I'm 76. It took yonks to come to terms with my first Mac, even though I had a son at the other end of the telephone who had been computer- and Internet-crazy for years and said he'd shoot me if I bought anything other than an Apple Macintosh machine. Mainly, I think, the difficulty is a lack of memory, (something I share with computers!) and an inborn resistance common among older people trying to come to terms with new technology.
Anyway, thank you for an interesting read. If you are reviewing an application (or whatever) that you think would interest us "oldies," could you please flag it with a paragraph entitled, "A Word for the Simple-Minded?"
Also in This Series
- About My Particular Macintoshes · May 2012
- From the Darkest Hour · May 2012
- Shrinking Into an Expanding World · May 2012
- Growing Up With Apple · May 2012
- Recollections of ATPM by the Plucky Comic Relief · May 2012
- Making the Leap · March 2012
- Digital > Analog > Digital · February 2012
- An Achievable Dream · February 2012
- Smart Move? · February 2012
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