"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Vive l'internet!

Reading Gemmak's latest post this morning led me to pondering on how important the internet has been to me. Having come to computers in the days of the BBC microcomputer (32 bit memory!), I was hooked immediately, but it was some years later when I made the acquaintance of the internet. In fact it was when Elder Daughter went off to university and we were able to set up a dial up connection which was temperamental, to say the least. But it was a start and eventually we graduated to broadband and the delights of the world wide web became more accessible.
Now, I am well and truly hooked and couldn't imagine having to do without it (witness my withdrawal symptoms when I am away from home and have no access!) I have made lots of online friends through Blogger, of course, and emailing friends and family is so much easier and more immediate than old fashioned 'snail mail'. When Elder Son is abroad on a tour of duty, I can email him and he receives the email within a couple of days rather than having to wait for weeks and during my last few years of teaching, internet access in the classroom through an interactive whiteboard was a real thrill for me, although the six year old pupils were so much more blase about it, of course.
Through the internet, I have renewed contact with people from my past and when you have an intenet 'presence' who knows who you might be reunited with or what new friends are just a click away? It can be a two-edged sword, but my life would be very different now were it not for the internet and yes, I'm happy about that.


Flighty said...

I feel the same about as you do!
What also amazes me is that I can chat with friends around the world for free via Skype.
Apparently web surfing is also good for keeping the brain active, especially as we get older! xx

Yorkshire Pudding said...

It has certainly enriched my life. To think - I have window on the world, here at my fingertips. It is quite amazing.

Jennyta said...

I like the bit about keeping the grey cells active, Flighty!

And just think, YP, you would never have met Keith and myself were it not for the internet! ;)

Silverback said...

And I have 'met' you too Jenny.

Reason enough to praise t'internet, I'd say.

(yes I'm still a creeping, snivelling sycophant)

Jennyta said...

Ah, but not really, Ian - you didn't come to Chester Zoo. ;)

Ellee Seymour said...

I'm like you, I couldn't imagine being without my computer either. I shall always remember you as one of my first bloggers.

Jennyta said...

Thanks, Ellee! :)


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