The first day of my business here in Johor Bahru was fun. Basically, i'm conducting training for the retail station dealers for an online application that i developed. Its called the Dealernet.
While some of the trainees caught on very quickly because they have used the Internet before, others took a very long time to long to warm to idea of using the Internet. A few even had problems using the mouse or even the most basic PC and browsing functions. It was challenging to manage the balance of capabilities, to keep my patience and have a smile perpetually planted on my face.
The ladies in the first day of training
I think a lot of us take for granted the IT skills that we have. Using the Internet, or even a computer is second nature to us ("us" being the so-called Generation X). But just for a moment, i think i managed to place myself in the shoes of my trainees and realized that they had good cause to struggle: to them, the Internet is the most foreign of beasts.
Makes me wonder how i'll be in 40 years time. How far technology would have advanced then, and will i be just as lost as my trainees were today, marvelling at my kids' ability to easily use what i can not.
Oh yeah, i knew i forgot something from KL: my belt. I spent half the day with my hand on the front of my pants, struggling to keep them up. It was a point of much attention.