Letter : I
In 2005 I discovered Internet. Mr. G had a computer since ages they were his work utensils, but to me it was an annoying thing, on which he spent hours and was only there to collect dust. He had shown me how to write letters on this thing and print them out but that was it. I didn't even know what an email was. The last company I worked for in 1995, didn't have computers yet.
When I came back from holidays in Egypt this year, I wanted to know more about Egyptian cats and their history and I asked Mr. G. what I have to do to find some documentation on Internet. Meanwhile I had heard that you can use it to find things. This was the beginning of my battle with a computer ! First I had to understand how to use it ! He tried to explain me file and folders and then the whole Internet stuff, I didn't know why I had to use a browser to have access to Internet, I only knew the verb "to browse" and I didn't know through which cupboard I should browse to find a cup, in short I was a blockhead. Google was somebody living in England or in the States maybe was an actor or a millionaire, I didn't know.
Websites, never heard. Webs I knew from spiders, and sites from historic places, but what has a spider to do in sites ? making webs ? A homepage ! what a word, I have a home and I have pages in my books for example, but what should I call a homepage in my house ?
While looking and learning slowly to very slow, I suddenly discovered Forums. I understood rather quickly that this had nothing to do with the old Romans or with justice. I used my new knowledge to invent a username, after having found out what that was, using Google for the first time and a choose an easy password and logged myself into all forums which I thought were interesting for my cat history researches. But I didn't know where to write, answered to the wrong people and mixed up everything. For a cat owner I would have given the following tip, "if he barks during your absence, put the TV on".
When I stumbled over the word "Blog" nobody amongst people around me didn't know what it was and even Mr. G. who knows everything, this time didn't know.
And there I really discovered Internet and its advantages ! For the second time I asked my new friend Google who gave me an explanation which even I could understand. I found this idea not bad at all and logged in once more, this time into Yahoo, there I got a blog ! I was very proud and without knowing anything I made up my profile and started to write. Without success, nobody found me, nobody read me and I didn't know at all what to do to get some visitors.
I gave up and after a while I found Blogger and very helpful people who explained me what to do. Once I read in blogs where especially elderly people asked themselves what would happen to their blog if they died and if they could include it in their testaments ! Never have thought of that ! I would leave 4 Blogger Blog cadavers behind me plus the Yahoo one, who is floating somewhere in the Internet sphere.
Today I couldn't live without Internet and whatever browser ! I have a question I google and get the answer ! I can call and see my little Grandson with the help of Skype ! I can even watch movies when there is nothing on TV ! And I can do shopping, online banking, Hotel and flight bookings and all that without leaving the house !
How the heck did I live before ???