Eventually everyone who works with computers will experience some sort of problem with the machine. Some are more capable of resolving these challenging moments than others.
Take me for instance, a late arrival to the world of technology. I'm happy as a clam as long as things are running smoothly, beaming up mail, working on photos, ordering online. But, when there is a malfunction, for whatever reason, I freak!
I could figure out how to fix a typewriter. I even could manage to get one of our older pre-computer vehicles to run better. However, when a computer goes around the bend, and everything vaporizes, I'm stuck. The world inside these machines completely mystifies me.
Enter computer angels.
There is a laughable irony indeed that on the very day the Southport Island Association gifted The Southport Central School with a check for six MacAir computers — Gardiner Rapelye's prehistoric computer crashed. Gardiner is president of the Southport Island Association.
Members of the Association board of directors, Fleet Davies, Russell Jackson and Gardiner, were surrounded by happy, appreciative, and polite 4th and 5th and 6th graders.
"Mr. Shawn" (Gallagher), their teacher, and the school's art teacher, looked over his flock with due pride. The check was presented to Marcelle Durost, principal and teacher at the school. The aged computers from 4/5/6th grades will be passed down to Marcelle's 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classroom. Perhaps Gardiner could borrow one? Not.
Those wonderful children are our future. Six more MacAirs anyone? Seriously!
It is amazing to see how well students work with computers, especially computers that work well. There is a good chance that even I, dinosaur that I am, could get some tips. And I could show them my old Smith Corona, just for laughs. It would be like a trip to the museum.