Bill has also been amazed and appalled at my other tales of technology that we acquired for the first time at some point during my childhood:
- Garage door opener
- Cassette tapes (and later, CDs)
- Transition from black and white TV with a dial to a color TV with a remote
- VCR (and much later, DVD player and eventually TiVo)
Bill has a hard time with the concept of radio, or any entertainment that is not on demand. He cannot imagine life without handheld devices. Earlier today he asked me if he could have our old first-generation iPhone. I said maybe, but he wouldn't be able to use it as a phone. "What do you mean?" I explained the concept of a phone plan, and said that phone didn't have one. "So I can't play games on it?" "No, you can play games, but you can't use it as a phone." "What do you mean, use it as a phone? So I can't get to the Internet on it?" We went around and around like this several times before I finally realized -- to him, a phone is a mini-computer. He does not think of a phone as something on which you make and receive voice calls.