When I graduated from eighth grade back in 1982, my parents gave me what was back then the state of the art in stereo systems. I mean, this thing was sweet. Of course this was back when we played records. And cassette tapes. There was even an equalizer hooked into it. This was long before MP3s, and even before CDs. The speakers were about 3 1/2 feet tall. And each one weighed about 30 pounds. I brought those babies to college and mounted them on the wall. We needed some serious hardware to keep them from falling on my head and killing me. I loved that stereo and I think I held onto it for about 25 years. I had added on a CD player a few years back.
But there was really nothing I could add to it to keep up with current technology. So I said goodbye at a yard sale. It resembled the final scenes of Toy Story 3.
One thing I learned from that stereo was how to disassemble and assemble it properly. That thing went back and forth to college and in and out of apartments and houses for years. Each time I would carefully unhook all the wires and reassemble it on the other end.
I may not understand how everything works together, but I do know that a certain kind of plug goes into a certain kind of socket and I understand the difference between audio in and audio out.
This type of information came in very useful today as I continued to help a client set up a remote office. Among other things, I replaced an old phone and installed some speakers for his computer system. Now that may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but if you knew the scope of my understanding of technology, you would be impressed. And I owe my confidence to my old stereo system. That thing taught me to not be afraid of something that I didn’t know how to do. And now it seems simple.
Fear is in the unknown. Once you know, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Of course, it helps to have friends in the IT industry who secretly answer your client’s questions so you look good. Especially when they work for doughnuts. Right, Norm?