I’ve used AOL for years and years because I love it. I like keeping my same email address, my address book, my IM’ing, and my “Favorites” settings. I like the content on the opening page. And now it’s even free!
However, every so often, AOL upgrades. Today, I downloaded the new AOL “OpenRide,” and it’s taken me hours to explore it and get my new settings right. I’m still not sure if I’m going to like it as well as the old AOL, but these things take time to get used to.
This is when I wish I were a little kid again. I substitute-teach computer classes in Lincoln Public Schools, and even the kindergarten kids are already so computer-literate and sharp, it’s mind-boggling. I can’t imagine what they’ll be doing with computers when they’re my age. Probably virtual reality– if they want to be in Paris having sex with Daniel Day-Lewis, they’ll think they are. It’ll be as good as real!
What’s really depressing is that virtual reality is about the extent of my imagination. They’ll be doing cool new things nobody has even thought of yet. Wish I could be around to see it.