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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Dedicated to my dear old dad...

Here's a link to my story this week about boosting computer use among the 50+ set. And by computers, I don't mean slot machines and video poker, ok Dad?

Yeah, like he'd read this. He's never seen a blog in his life--my parents still don't have a computer at home. I don't think my dad's ever gone online by himself. One time, when he came to visit, I showed him how to find the scores for college basketball games on He seemed to like that.

My mother, on the other hand, was a programmer back in the days of key cards and computers that filled entire rooms. She helped write the code for the first ATMs used by the National Bank of Detroit. When I was little, she used to take me to her cubicle way up in the Penobscot building in downtown Detroit. These days she oversees implementations of software programs for AAA Michigan.

But she's still not as net-savvy as my friend Annette Zeff (Scrabble maven extraordinaire). I talked to Annette for this story. She has 75 people on her MSN buddy list. "They're not really buddies, to be perfectly honest," she confides.

I didn't mention it in the story, but after our interview, we played a game of Scrabble. I won, 336-325, which was nice because Annette's really a much better player.
I read somewhere that the current 20-something generation can be identified most readily as the "tech-support generation" rather than with a letter (gen x, gen y, etc.). It's an apt name because so many people in that age range are getting jobs in the tech-support field and because of how they deal with their parents' archaic and technophobic ways.
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