Tech is a challenge

Local finds it difficult to get computer instruction.

Dear editor,

Even though I am a senior and supposed to have retired, I find that in our dealings with big corporations they are urging us to be more paperless. Acquaintances are using more of this high-tech communication.

I have been avoiding this high-tech for quite a while now, but I finally decided to take the plunge. I bought a laptop (computer) and found it to be quite expensive. Now the question is, how do you operate this thing?

Then I saw an ad in the N.I. Gazette, a course, Introduction to Computer. Since I reside at Alert Bay and, to get to North Island College I have to board a ferry, then, at Port McNeill, get on a transit bus, then, at Port Hardy, take a taxi to the NIC office.

I signed up for the all-day course on Saturday, another expense. I had to cancel this course because the transit bus only runs at a limited time on Saturdays.

I gathered that if you want to learn computer, then you have to bother your friends or relatives who might have knowledge or experience of how to operate a laptop computer. No wonder why I hear of viruses and abuse of computers.

At one time there were typing manuals to teach us the proper use of typewriters. NIC says, “If we get a course on it during the weekdays, we’ll let you know.”

You’d think by now it would be NIC’s first priority, since computers have taken over our lives.

Beatrice Scow

Alert Bay

 

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