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The Popcorn Stand: I’ve caught up to 2011 with an iPhone

The old fuddy duddy has finally made it to, say, 2011 by purchasing an iPhone. I figured it was time to get a new phone when the phone I had could no longer receive text messages. Besides as a journalist it was getting kind of embarrassing to carry around the relic of a phone I had.

I'm a lot like my father when it comes to technology. Pretty much I don't like it. As I've said before if technology actually worked, I might be OK with it.

Stuff that works, that's all I want stuff that works.

I have to admit it was pretty frustrating with my father sometimes when it came to technology. He wouldn't touch a computer, but he would ask my mom and myself to look up stuff on the inter webs.

Whenever I sent a text to someone, it never ceased to amaze my dad. Of course that could be pretty understandable since my dad never used a phone until he was 17 in the first place.

I remember when we bought a new television and my father proclaimed: "I hate that computer, I hate that phone and I'm probably going to hate that TV."

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My father was pretty much clueless when it came to any kind of technology past 1980. Earlier this year my father came across a technological marvel at a yard sale. It was a Walkman. It had never crossed my mind my father really never had any use for a Walkman or wouldn't even know what it was.

But he was like a kid in a candy story with his new fangled gadget talking about how he could use it to listen to music while working in the garage.

I find myself like him grudgingly progressing from e-mail to Facebook to now finally owning an iPhone.

Now how do I get this thing to make a sound so I know when I receive a text message?

— Charles Whisnand

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