I did not grow up in a technical world. Living in the country with our beagle and many, many farm cats was all my three siblings and I needed. We spent most of our time outdoors riding bike, playing with our pets, or exploring the fields and small groves of trees. Indoors, we either watched the three channels we received or Disney films. The toy room was our often quite messy sanctuary. When we finally did obtain a computer, our Windows XP desktop, we did not have Internet. It was strictly for typing papers for school or playing games in spare time. When we finally did enter the social word by receiving Internet, we did not update our computer for a few more years yet. When listening to music, I borrowed my parents’ country cassettes and played them in my portable cassette player while riding the bus to school. The next “new” music playing device was my portable CD player, which received quite a beating after a while as the only way to get it play correctly at times was to smash it on my knee. During my senior year of high school, we received Gateway laptops, which had incredible battery life, but were huge. Still, it was a luxury since it was the first year Britton-Hecla School used laptops. I also received my first cell phone, an Alltel Motorola RAZR. Although it worked well, I was roaming in my own home most of the time. When we switched to Verizon, I chose an LG Cosmos, which was the first time I ever used a keyboard on a cell phone.
With the emergence of CD players, was, of course, CD’s. I used CD’s quite often to the point where some of them can no longer be used on account of scratches. I still possess some CD’s that are only used when my iPod connection in my car is poor. I finally purchased my first iPod my senior year of high school, which was a purple 8 GB Nano. I now only use it as a backup. As I mentioned previously, movies were a large part of my childhood. My family still possess oodles and oodles of VHS tapes. I decided to purchase a VCR/DVD player for my television as I still enjoy viewing these classic films at home. In order to watch movies at my family’s home, I purchased an HDMI cable to connect my computer to the television as well. Another update at home is our Windows Vista desktop computer. I only use it to teach my parents how to use some features and how to keep viruses at bay. My senior year of high school must have been the “get with the program” type of year since I also bought my first digital camera then, a Canon PowerShot with 7.1 megapixels and a 3.4x optical zoom. Many photographs and videos were taken on this device. This is used as a backup camera today. As for gaming, I am an odd duck. I choose not to play video and computer games as I would rather be outdoors, reading, or actually spending time with friends, and yes in person, and we even make eye contact now and then! *Gasps, horrified screams, fainting.* My younger brothers own both a PlayStation 2 and an XBox 360, but I merely observe now and then as sounds of despair and death explode from the television.
Yes, I still use DVD’s today as I am not a Netflix user. I have not had an interest in purchasing Blu-ray films as, first, Blu-ray players are expensive, and second, I grew up watching three channels with no Internet for quite some time. I think I will survive without HD and whatnot. As for computers, upon arriving to Dakota State, I utilize a Fujitsu tablet. May I also add that I have possessed the exact same laptop for all four years of college? In order to save smaller files for transportation or printing photographs, I possess and/or borrow 2 GB flash drives. I also obtained a small external hard drive for larger files and backing up my tablet. To keep in contact with the world, whether they wish it or not, I still sport a basic LG Cosmos 2, now with a purple striped phone cover! I am one of the few that does not have a smartphone as I cannot afford it with my tight college budget and I honestly see no purpose in it as of right now. After graduation, my next upgrade will probably allow me to join the majority. For now, I use an 8GB iPod Touch 4th Generation. I primarily use it for music, but I sometimes make use of the Facebook, FaceTime, and Wells Fargo apps. My latest device is my FujiFilm digital camera with 14 megapixels and 10x optical zoom. Apparently my boyfriend even thought I needed a slight upgrade. What a guy! That’s all for now! Tune in next time for more exciting thoughts!