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I'm technophobic

Kate Bradley has no control with four remote controls at home.

Kate Bradley, 48, Maylands, WA

'Not again,' I grumbled, hanging up the phone. The library had called me to say my books were overdue.

When the library changed to a computer system, they stopped stamping books with the due date. Instead they gave me a computer printout of the due date, which I was always losing.

'And they call it progress,' I muttered to myself.

When I decided to do a TAFE course in community services, I realised I'd need a computer of my own for my assignments. My ex let me learn on his.

'You don't need to drag the mouse right across the desk,' he said irritably. It took me ages to get the hang of it.

Another friend helped me set up my computer, but I was reluctant to turn it on.

'All these messages keep popping up and I don't know what they mean. Do I want to be updated? Do I want to be zone free?' I worried.

Once, I changed the password on my email and it took my ex about 12 hours to unfreeze my computer.

After years of resisting, I finally got a mobile, mainly so I could call for help if my old car broke down. But I never bothered to switch it on.

'What's the point of having a mobile if people can't call you on it?' a friend asked.

'I don't really want people calling all the time,' I replied.

Visiting my local video shop a couple of years back, I realised with dismay they'd phased out videos completely and only had DVDs for hire.

'I'm going to have to buy a DVD player,' I realised miserably.

But I couldn't get the hang of my new machine. It doesn't seem as easy to stop and rewind DVDs like videos.

My brother-in-law Ian is a tech-head and has a very complicated TV and sound system with about four different remotes.

When I babysat my three-year-old niece Helena, Ian painstakingly put labels on the switches so I'd know how to work the system.

'Teletubbies!' Helena demanded, handing me the DVD. 'Um, let's go and play outside instead,' I suggested.

Despite Ian's best efforts, I couldn't even turn the TV on.

As far as I'm concerned, technology went far enough in the '80s and should have stopped with the arrival of CDs and video. It's all way too complicated these days.

I'm the first to admit I'm a techno-dodo. I wouldn't have it any other way!

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