When I was learning to drive, it seemed like everybody worked on their car. It was normal to change your oil, replace your spark plugs, set the gap on your distributor, check your engine timing, and rebuild your carburetor. It was normal. It was routine car maintenance. Now, we don’t even change our oil. It’s cheaper and easier to go to the local jiffy lube.
When I was learning to program a computer, it seemed like everybody knew DOS operating system commands, how to defragment their hard drive, how to repair a dot matrix printer, and how to create a disk partition. Now, we run apps on our phone and can nearly live without a computer.
In today’s rapid pace of technology, there are important new tools that we need to know and understand, else we loose our ability to produce. Here are a few random examples:
- Do you know what a PURL can do for your marketing project?
- Can you use a web clipper?
- Does H.264 mean anything to you? Can you produce a YouTube video?
- Do you leverage Evernote, Dropbox, Skydrive (or similar) to synchronize and backup your documents?
- Do you understand the power of styles in documents and web pages?
Today’s technology has thousands of productivity tools and shortcuts. Admittedly, it is horribly difficult to keep up with the pace of learning everything…and yet we must keep investing in our own education. These tools and technologies are required to succeed in a world that has forgotten long ago about carburetors and DOS commands.
Thanks for listening.