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I was an early adopter of the internet – back when it wasn’t even called the internet. I programmed in Fortran IV and worked with Databases in Dbase 3 programming language. With another programmer, I helped fashion a transcript creation program for Master’s level courses at a post secondary institution.

While finishing a Master of Library Science degree at the University of Alberta, I was given the opportunity in 1985-1986 of helping students figure our computers. That was back when your job description was telling students that pushing “that button” wouldn’t blow up the computer.

I’ve been blogging since 2005, and purchased my own web domain – www.ronbaker.ca – the same year.

I know the power of the digits 0 and 1.

But, staying abreast of all that is happening in the digital world . . . that’s another question.

I am not a Luddite (check that out on Google). I am also not a naive fan. As with any new technology, there is the good and the bad.

The bad news?

In the last few weeks, I’ve being charged three times on a credit card for what should have been one transaction. For all the fixes that you can get (or not get) from customer service and other service providers, the hacker is more than likely still on the loose.

I use blog posting software for a number of years. The program is now being hacked across a number of platforms. The fix worked for some – not so much for me. I’ve had to reprogram how I use the software.

I was searching for an item on-line. Bar stools for our house we are renovating. Later, when I turned to my Facebook account, an advertisement appeared for bar stools – funny thing!!

And don’t we all love the foreign gift offerings of millions of dollars if you will only give them access to your personal bank account.

The good news?

While I struggle to discern when fake news arises, I now use Google to answer many of my questions, or YouTube to show me the “how to” for a project I’m working on, or Google Maps to give me directions – to say nothing of the Weather Channel that provides me with fodder for my daily conversations!

I can quickly contact someone. I can send pictures of a recent event to interested parties.

Two sides to a useful tool. We dare not take the internet lightly. What God has created, we must manage and have dominion over.

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