Do you love your technology? But you occasionally (or often) have days when you don't like it very much? Yeah, me too, well sorta! Let me tell you about something my technology helped me to do this week! You're gonna love it!
My son played in his first ever East Kimberley Football League grand final on Friday night - it was great, he's been playing for the team for a few years now, and they have been in the grand final each of the years, but for various reasons, Ry hasn't had a run yet (broken bones and TAFE blocks in the middle of the season, concussions etc you know the usual stuff life throws at you when you really want something? Character building!) - but this year, it was his year, he played well this season and got a guernsey in the big GF! What's this got to do with technology? Well my folks haven't been able to travel this year for a multitude of reasons, and my Dad would have loved to have been here to watch his first grandson play his first league grand final. But he couldn't. So I live streamed it to Facebook via my trusty iPhone. :D
I LOVE what technology can do to bridge the geographical divide that's between us. I am so proud of my Mum and Dad, sitting in Albany (almost 4,000kms away!), pushing the live video feed to their Apple TV and watching my (atrociously wonky) view of the entire game! I noticed that I even had friends in the States tuning in (making jibes about it not really being football!) Amazing, it just blows me away sometimes.
It's also there now in all it's pixelated glory - I am too scroogey with my data for it to have been uploaded in HD high definition #SorryNotSorry - for my boy and his team mates to actually be able to go back and analyse some of their game and actually hear the crowd - oh there was lots to hear too. I love it. My arms are paying for it now though - holding the phone like that for over an hour, kinda painful - phew who knew?!
But tech has a way of adding value to all sorts of life events. We can be tied to it ... or we can have it working for us! Sharing with family and friends is one of my favourite things about how it has added value to our lives.
Take the time - learn it - try it, talk about it - you don't know what you don't know! I learn more cool stuff my technology can do just about every day from people just like you and me.
At least learn to like it if you can't love it! ;)
Natika describes herself as a tech-tragic. Having been swept up in Apple Mania, this is where she's at her most tragic, but she's been an early adopter of new technologies for years and loves exploring ways to adapt the latest gadgets into everyday life.