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Old 01-26-2012, 01:10 PM   #21
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I can empathize with him.

I imagine one day I'll feel a bit helpless and frustrated as well.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:13 PM   #22
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I wonder what our kids are going to be dragging us into, in the future. I just hope I will be open to, and be able to mentally handle the challenge that will bring.
Individual jetpacks, teletransportation of matter, personal orgasmatrons (a la Woody Allen).....

And sometimes all you need is candlelight and a good book. These kids just don't get it
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:16 PM   #23
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I made a mistake in the 1980's dismissing computers as a fad that I could ignore and have paid the price ever since. I am always a few steps behind it seems. 1) I have an Ipad, but not an Ipad 2. 2) Have a cell phone with internet, but no Iphone or Android 3) Have online banking and credit card accounts but only "look", as I do not bill pay online except for mutual fund purchases. Im always on the " short bus" when adapting to new technological advances.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:17 PM   #24
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Certainly thought it was implied in the title and text, esp last para.
For clarification, as frustrating as my computer is when it needs major care, I can figure it out. The old guy in the Post Office needs a bit of help. I'm more than capable of dealing with modern technology, it's just that sometimes I wonder if it has become all too pervasive.
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find out the age at which you will become technologically obsolete (100 for me!)

http://politicalcalculations.blogspo...-obsolete.html
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find out the age at which you will become technologically obsolete (100 for me!)

Political Calculations: When Will You Become Obsolete?
Uh oh. I am in trouble. I will be technologically obsolete at 59.6 and I am currently 58.
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Cool! I'm safe for another 40 years.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:40 PM   #28
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In the example, not only is a computer needed, but of course also Internet access. FWIW, AFAIK USPS does not have a rate card online either... well they must, but I couldn't find it. For example, try to find a new rate card for "flats" (large envelopes) up to 1 oz.
I think there's too many rates to list on a card today, you'd need a small booklet to list them all. If you need rates. they're broken down by regions/zones. At many USPS locations, they have self serve machines that will walk you thru the rate process too. Online, you just go to usps.com and select "Calculate a Price" on the left side of the page. Most people may not know this, but they also added regional rate boxes A, B, C on 1/22. Same concept as flat rate boxes, but they're limited to 15-25 lbs max instead of 70 lbs but with better prices. Problem is, these boxes are available via online request only, you can't pick them up at a USPS location. Also, many grocery/retail stores are now acting as USPS locations too, check out your zip code and they'll pop up, learned this in the last few weeks too.
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This is what would affect me most. But remember before personal computers and the Internet having to send a blank check with "void" across the front of it to get autopayments in place? And the PITA to stop or change autopayments once they started?
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Heh. Vanguard. Just a few years ago. To their credit, even they've managed to drag themselves, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century now.

I think that currently we're just one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859 Carrington Event from rediscovering life without an Internet, or electricity for that matter.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...event-science/
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Rut-row, 69.5! I was OK until the last question...
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I'm good until after I die except the calculator doesn't take dementia into account.
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Amazing to think I'll gain a few years by unsubscribing and not reading a newspaper.
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Amazing to think I'll gain a few years by unsubscribing and not reading a newspaper.
Looks like you can accomplish the same thing by by buying a couple of extra cheap cell phones...
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Looks like you can accomplish the same thing by by buying a couple of extra cheap cell phones...
Yeah, I get extra points because I kept my old cell phone so I can reconnect if the current one breaks down but I lost points because I read papers, subscribe to paper, and use a pencil or pen and watch TV. Real useful survey.
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Lassie saved little Timmy from the well without a PC, cell phone, or any other modern convenience ...
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Heh. Vanguard. Just a few years ago. To their credit, even they've managed to drag themselves, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century now.
Vanguard has the worst stock trading platform I have encountered. Cumbersome, slow, lack of real time information, lousy graphics -

Fortunately, I do not trade often in my IRAs, and do my regular activity on Ameritrade's platform.
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I thought Timmy's parents made him wear a GPS collar since every other week he was getting stuck in a well.
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Timmy didn't even care because he was playing Angry Birds on his iPhone in that well--the 4G reception was better there.
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Uh oh. I am in trouble. I will be technologically obsolete at 59.6 and I am currently 58.
I'm already gone. I am 3 months shy of 49 and my result was 48.4.
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So programming in five languages is weighed the same as being signed up for five different social media thingees? Hah! I choose not to have those accounts, it's not that I couldn't figure them out.

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