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Now seeking lasting relationship with technology

March 26, 2011|Crystal Schelle

When it comes to technology, I would have called myself commitment shy.

Oh, I loved to spend time with technology. Take a new Mac out for a spin. Get to know the latest cellphone.

But when it came to closing the deal, I was always hesitant.

It's not that I didn't like technology. I didn't think the spark of interest I had in it would last.

This has been a problem of mine for years. When I went off to college, I schlepped my portable Tandy word processor  — which was basically an electric typewriter with a computer disk —while others brought their Apples or PCs.

After college, I worked part time for an organization called i-Station, which was a stand inside of Waxie Maxies. The company wasn't associated with the record store, but I had my little corner where I stood for hours beside a huge machine with a screen that was shaped like an eye.

I was forced to wear T-shirt that said "You have to 'i' it before you buy it," and showed people how if they scanned in a CD, they could hear clips of music or watch snippets of videos. Back in the early 1990s, this was something to behold in the world of technology.

As I was showing people the fascinating world of the future, I was driving a 1979 Mustang that had an 8-track player.

My lack of commitment to newer technology has followed me for years. I had dial-up Internet for way too long. I had a cellphone from which I could only make calls. I've owned a DVD player for years, which doubles as a VHS player (I was always afraid to commit to DVDs after the whole laser disc fiasco.) The 50-pound TV I own is neither a flatscreen nor high definition.

But as technology has become slicker and easier to incorporate into my everyday life, I started to warm up to it.

Admittedly, the iPod I own is a gift, but I use it quite often. I have an Apple MacBook. I have a DVR and do not own a single blank tape to record my shows. Although my 2004 Hyundai Accent still has a cassette player, I have an iPod adapter. Last year, I finally got on Facebook.

And five years after Twitter began, and two years after I posted my first tweet (April 19, 2009: "Getting ready to join Twitter"), I have found it to be a fun and helpful tool.

In March, using my personal account, I tweeted live about the Academy Awards. The Lifestyle staff will be doing similar projects this year, tweeting live from either from local events or about national pop culture events. Watch for tweet-ups to meet us as we'll be out in the community. The opportunities to use technology are endless.

This year, the Lifestyle staff will be doing a lot of things that incorporate social networks with what the Lifestyle section does. Lifestyle now has its own Twitter account, @hm_lifestyle, so follow us to see our stories and keep abreast of what's going on in our section.

Although I'm not married to technology, I am no longer as commitment shy as I once was. I guess we're just hanging out. And I think I like that.



Crystal Schelle is Lifestyle editor of The Herald-Mail. She can be reached at 301-791-7136 or crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com. Become her friend on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @crystalschelle.

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