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For years I have gazed on at the developing computer scene around the world, and have scoffed at what I considered to be a complete and utter waste of time. It was inconceivable to imagine that people would spend hours cooped up in front of a screen punching in data when there was golf, tennis, swimming etc: to be had outdoors. Now, over the years, the cybernetic finger has beckoned me to join this clan. It resulted from the loan of a computer, offered to me by my nephews many years ago to help me in an article I was creating for work. I was amazed at the ease my documents developed, and most notably, how empty my waste paper bin was at the article's conclusion.
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Since that first intrepid introduction, my current computer, or should I say, computers, have now become an integral part of my everyday life. At some point of the day one of them will be switched on, and a task executed. Nowadays, their value is taken for granted and not appreciated until some failure occurs, and then like a fish out of water I flounder until the problem is rectified. 'Keep fit', I have since found essential if you intend to spend a lot of time at the keyboard. There are countless tempting games on the market that can stretch the intellect but not the body, absorbing one for hours. Skiing, golf and regular visits to the gym suffice to keep me active, and I find the disciplined regime I have set myself works well. As I complete this short article, I ponder the media power of computers. I marvel at how, in these modern times, somewhere in the world another person like me may read this on their unit and be able to respond similarly. There exists on the web a wealth of information, all available at one's fingertips. Interestingly though, how much is this electronic wizardry manipulated to secretly scrutinise us from within the wings of society? The sophistication of the internet is racing ahead at an ever increasing rate; incomprehensible to the average user and controls more and more of our daily lives. Each year, our routines become more mechanised, the term, 'couch potato' more relevant. So what is the choice? Become familiar with this technology or be left on the shelf to stumble blindly on into this new age? It seems I have made my choice, and intend to exploit to the maximum what I can from computers. But, I am determined it will be at a price I can afford, and shall relate to all aspects of my life.
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