|Posted on Feb 13, 2011 07:03:33 PM | Linda Cureton | 3 Comments ||
I was recently interviewed by a reporter who was writing an article about me. She asked me why I love technology so much. I paused, to try to think of a politically correct answer that was becoming of a Federal CIO. After a deep breath, I started to answer but then I remembered that I was the technology chief of an agency that is highly regarded for technology and innovation. Finally, I remembered that I promised myself that this was the year for Truth so not wanting to make a liar out of myself, I answered. I really didn’t like technology all that much. Maybe I hate it, I’m not sure.
In general, Valentine’s Day isn’t my very favorite day – not bad, but not my favorite either (my favorite is probably April Fool’s Day thanks to my silly siblings). Maybe I have too many memories of being a geeky goofy little girl who went to school with Valentine’s Day cards to give out and brought them all back plus a few from geeky goofy little boys.
It occurs to me that my experience then is a lot like my experience now. As I little girl, as it related to Valentine’s Day wishes, I didn’t have what I needed, and didn’t need what I had. Technology is a lot like that. As I type this blog, I am looking at an iPad, 2 laptops, a blackberry and an iPhone. It begs the question; do I have what I need? Or do I really need what I have?
When I was in graduate school, I was writing my thesis on clever ways to compute the eigenvalues of the hexagon (if you have to ask what that is, it doesn’t matter). I had a cool new desktop back then with a math co-processor. But, hell if couldn’t compute those numerical estimates in my lifetime. I was so frustrated and I had a thesis to finish! But, then for Valentine’s Day I got a wonderful present from my husband – 256M of memory. That was a great gift when memory cost a little over a dollar a megabyte. I had a fast processor, but what really needed was fast memory.
I ended last week talking to my favorite Luddite, Ed. He’s got a big old clunky blackberry brick on his waist. I asked him when he was going get an iPad. He came close to cussing me out and challenged me to a race in words per minute with him and his brick. I promised him that the piece of crap he carried around would break, and then he said the technician as a whole box of old ones ready for him. Yep, Ed had EXACTLY what he needed.
I’ll end this with a wonderful technology love poem especially for Valentine’s Day:
Beta is dead,
Ed’s Blackberry is Blue,
Technology is sweet,
But not if it doesn’t help you.
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