I have also switched to MAC and not having cords (Bluetooth) is so nice.
Ran into a guy at Google who had a Apple Desktop Bus keyboard connected via a ADB-to-USB adapter to a fully decked out Mac Pro (~$40K in 2008). Bleeding edge technology with an ancient keyboard made for interesting conversations.
I feel here are positives and negatives to being older.
The positive is a depth of experience. An inherent patience to work through problems, looking for the right answer. My boss can - and does - tell me "Laura, figure out XYZ and see if we can use it in our company." This will keep me busy for extended periods.
While it's not strictly age-related, I find many "younger" companies have views on work/life balance that are incompatible with my own. I do not eat, live and breathe my work. When I go on vacation I go, and make damned sure I'm out of cellphone coverage when I do.
Also, many "younger" companies have messages I do not believe in. A prime example is local media darlings HootSuite. Since I don't buy the problem, I can't be part of its "solution".
All that great work usually comes with a bad attitude, lack of documentation, and a me vs the world mentality.
Typically these are people who been with the company the longest (i.e., 5+ years). Bad attitude comes from taking the same crap day in and day out. Lack of documentation is the only form of job security that they have from getting randomly laid off. Me vs. the world mentality comes from knowing that their value in the labor market is significantly less than a contractor who makes more money from working at different companies on shorter assignments.
2. Use index finger to sort M&M's by color (including brown ones).
I must be getting old. I did this in college 20+ years ago in my process automation course.
When I was in grade school 30+ years ago, we sorted coins with toilet paper tubes and white glue. No fancy electronics was needed. As for sorting M&M's by color, I only need my index finger for that.
I have a two-year A.S. degree in computer programming, which required one web "development" course in HTML. Since this was an online course with no hard deadlines, I waited until the very last day to complete all the assignments in six hours before taking the final exam. Having taught myself HTML with a text editor, it was a breeze to ace the exam. My only complaint was that all classes were taught in Java since the school couldn't afford to renew the Microsoft site license for Visual Studio. The Linux instructor added some C/C++ programming to the side. The assembly language class got cancelled for not having enough students.
Oh, well. I can't complain too much. Uncle Sam picked up the tab with a $3,000 tax credit that paid for my second associate degree.
we've raised at least two generations of self obsessed, no attention-span kids who want instant gratification.
As a Gen X'er, I blame the Baby Boom generation for today's mess. It'll get worst as this sorry lot retires and discovers that life doesn't owe them squat.
And always twerking, twerking, twerking towards freedom!
Not yet. Just checked the mailbox. Hey, we just point out these things.
All the games, actually.
I'm looking forward to printing all the fantasy chess pieces I couldn't afford in the game shop when I was lee lad.