February 14, 2002
Valentine's Day at Mom's House

Mom and I messed around with her new snow iMac this afternoon. On her little desk, my mom has the whole history of CRT iMacs laid out. On the right, the original bondi blue iMac, as buggy and tempremental as any computer ever made.

On the right, the last of the old-school iMacs, on the left, a rock-solid piece of hardware that came from the factory with OSX installed. The lesson my poor old mother learned: never buy first-generation hardware. But my mom, bless her heart, is an early adopter and she stayed on hold, downloaded patches, and bought enough books to make that little bondi iMac do what she wanted. But when she had the chance, she snapped up a replacement, and it turns out it's the best iMac made to date.
I've read enough postings on-line to let me know that the new iMac is just that, a new iMac. Mom is glad she didn't get saddled with another first-generation Mac.

We saw Mothman Phropesies. It was overly stylish in my opinion, but had some really nice effects work. Laura Linney is really neat, but didn't strike me as well cast as a rural sheriff.

Posted by tad at February 14, 2002 08:00 PM

You don't have to sell me on imacs - you're preaching to the converted!

Actually, Tad, both your parents have impressed me hugely with their relative ease of computer adoption fairly late in both their lives. I have seen pictures your dad has doodled in a paint program, and samples of your Mom's layout work from xmas card she designed for us. My much younger mother (who works in print production around machines all day) still sort of gets panicky when I suggest she try something beyond her usual repertoire (i.e. turning on the computer and clicking on the 'internet button' - a.k.a. the all-in-one launch-dsl-and-fire-up-netscape icon). And my father, the former head of Citibank IT Technology *for all of Asia*, still plugs his speakers in wrong and with a hurt look asks me to "make it speak again - it stopped talking" to him. I realize your Dad is still grappling with the whole single vs. double click dichotomy, but after hundreds of hours of watching web usability testing I can assure you with confidence that he is not alone in the click-confusion boat, either. And he easily has a couple decades on my dad, and many more than that on some of our sharp double-clicking testers.

When you think about it, it must be sort of a horrifying reality to be faced with:
1) something relatively intimidating (computers/online) that
2) your kids easily adopted and have such a fluency with that in some cases
3) its probably their prefered method of communication.
4) You're litterally learning a new language to speak to your own kids.
5) And it's expected. It's just assumed you'll pick it up.

Yuck. I can't wait to see what beast our kids create for us to tackle in our golden years. ;>

Posted by: mrs leckman, jr on February 17, 2002 12:16 AM

:: Moooom, why do you have to VOCALIZE all the time? It's so totally twentieth century. Will you just use your neural interface like everyone else does? ::

Posted by: russell on February 24, 2002 10:06 AM
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