Setting The Foundation For Techie Saturday

Here we are at a new Saturday and a new category here at RJsCorner. So, I thought I would use this first post to tell you why I chose this topic. The general view of us senior citizens is that we resist change, particularly things technology related. It is perceived that most of us don’t have cell phones and we have no idea how to use computers. Lord forbid trying to get us to understand how automated home systems work!

To that view of us, I say “BUNK”. Yeah, I admit that some of us might fit that description, one of them is occupying the house with me, but there are many of us who are still in the learning mode and willing to tackle something new every day. We might not seek out the very latest technology thing but we don’t shun them when we see how they might improve our lives.

Getting back to this new “Techie Saturday” explanation, I am going to give you a weekly lesson on the tools and apps that might improve your life, or at least give you have some idea what your kids and grandkids are talking about.

What makes me qualified to be your techie guru? Over the years I have had more Apple computers than I can even count. I will also quietly admit that there were a few years in there that I was, due to a corporate edict, a Windows guy but my heart and loyalty remains Apple. I am on my 6th cell phone. I played around with Android but finally went to an iPhone and never looked back. iPads are constantly by my side to jot down notes for post ideas or to just ask Siri a question that popped up in my mind. I had to wait until I was almost forty for the PC/Mac to be invented. After it was, I spent hours and hours programming my first computer, which was a TRS-80, to control the lights in my bachelor pad apartment. From the get-go, I totally immersed myself in the techie world.

Because I am deaf, I might not be up to par on music things and social media is to some degree still somewhat unexplored for me, but for the rest of it I keep up with the daily news and read a couple computer magazines every month.

Ending this initial post, come back on Saturdays with your questions and your learning hat on. I’m sure there are even some of you out there who can school me on some of these topics. I actually look forward to that. 🙂

5 thoughts on “Setting The Foundation For Techie Saturday

  1. As another of those non- techies, who lives with one, it is nice having one in the house. 😁 I figure I can concentrate my efforts in other areas that don’t interest him and have great free help when I need it. It works here.


  2. I remember my “Trash 80,” as well as the Apple II we bought in the 80s for our kids. Seems almost like another lifetime ago.


    1. Yeah, it sure does Bob. When I found out the BSR X-10 system I bought a while before could be controlled by my new Trash 80. I literally spent 36 hours straight writing Basic code to make it happen. I was totally challenged by that like nothing before in my life. Like I said, I was born 20 years too early.


  3. Well, I started writing code in College for an engineering course in 1971 and we got to actually run the computer, an IBM 1360? or something like that, Punch cards and source decks. We have come a long way. I also owned a TRS-80. Been involved with digital technology for almost 50 years. I was on-line with a 300 baud modem doing “email and texting”. I did online banking and bill pay almost as soon as it came out. I was a beta tester for the original Quicken. I was involved in critical infrastructure (Chemical plants, refineries, etc.) cybersecurity for the last 15 years of my career. I understand the “scary stuff” in the technology – which is one reason I stay low key on social media. I have an iPhone and use it constantly. I “lurk” on Facebook but seldom post anything. I just find social media sort of cold and distant and rather than friendly. And way too public for me. To be honest I really don’t understand people who have smartphones but are totally incurious as to how to use the features to help them use it better.


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