There are people who only know life with computers, to many the internet is like electricity, it's always been there, at the flip of a switch. There is another group that look at computers as something foreign and incomprehensible, who remember when going from black and white to color was breathtaking. And there are those in-betweeners like myself. I studied computers when I was in 5th grade and MS-DOS and floppy discs were the wave of the future.
I was never a techno-geek, more of a poet-lit geek so I didn't give that class the time of day.
When I started leading for the set-dec department on movies, TV and such, at the youthful age of 23, I started integrating several things into my repertoire that were considered "excessive" at best, a waste of time, and not at all what we were supposed to be doing. I did tend to ruffle the "old-school" guard regardless of how much respect I tried to bestow on them.
I bought a mobile phone when they were the size of suitcases and the calls were a dollar a minute. I was tracking my budget to keep the accounting office honest, now it is assumed we are tracking it, in fact, a position that didn't exist back in the day, a set-dec co-coordinator manages that now. And the internet, yeah, I was on it when every search would end up being 90% porn, no matter what that search was.
AND though my beginnings were with PC, I bought a Mac because it was so much easier, and I didn't need all the programs PC had to offer. All I wanted were easy, computing and Apple gave that to me.
Shit DOES Happen
Until I went out of the US, on an island literally. I was in St Maarten on a movie, Speed 2, (haha) and there were no Apple Genius' there. People knew and understood PC, Apple was for those Hollywood types.
I ended up throwing my MacBook across the office and vowed never to go back.
I have always wanted music around me, especially when doing something ridiculously mundane, like working out or running. I have purchased practically every personal music playing device from the first Walkman cassettes to the Discman to well, you name it and I either bought it personally and gave it a run through or knew someone who did.
The Ipod basically came to the Monopoly game we were playing, threw the board and all its pieces and tokens and such up in the air and said, "I'm the new Sheriff in town"
I was a convert. This device, this platform was awesome.
I bought the Shuffle which was great until it broke and I bought another one which was great until the Shuffle 2 came out and I bought that and then...
To make a long story short Apples' built-in obsolescence was a little too obvious for me. And I continued to buy-in despite that. That's how much I loved and appreciated the product. I had Shuffles and Shuffle 2's, working and not working, accessories, all over the place.
I Love Music, I Lose Music
I have spent more time and money than one can imagine putting together and keeping a modest library of music.
As I have admitted and stated, I am no technophile. I do okay but...
A Long Way Home
After downloading, backing up, etc, etc. Apple has finally given us the cloud and more importantly, Itunes match, which puts all of your music up there in the "cloud" to grab at your heart's content.
Robin Hood to Myself
I have paid, at least once for every song in my library of around 2000 songs and counting. That is actually a ridiculously modest number because of all the CDs I have in LA that need to be uploaded.
I want to pay artists for their work.
If I can buy the CD from a person and thank that person for selling me their work, their craft, I am a happy camper.
Being able to access something I have rightfully paid for is nice.
So Far So Good
I have been on the Imatch aspect of the cloud for less than 24 hours and so far so good.
Why did it take so long?
Any relation to planned obsolesce?
At this point, I'm caring less and enjoying more.
LOVING LIFE ON THE ICLOUD