Electronics technology is everywhere
My new toy has arrived a Garmin Forerunner 405 so that I can see just how hard (or not) I’m working when out running. I’m very excited by it in all its gadgety-ness. It will tell me how far I run, how fast, my heart rate. It will even show me the way back to the van should I need it to – that’s a whole other story for another time perhaps. Suffice to say my 30min run-before-work turned into a 90min will-I-ever-find-the-van-again quest, still the dogs were happy.
Whilst fiddling with my new toy this morning, uploading training programmes to it for my upcoming runs I realised just how much I use technology unthinkingly these days.
My iPod that I never go anywhere without, my eBook that I’ve only had a few months but that too has become a permanent fixture. My laptop and wireless router that between me and my husband are probably used almost 24-7. Not to mention my mobile and Bluetooth headset, and that’s without considering TV, the Sky+ box etc.
On a recent journey to college up near Hull I had the iPod plugged in to the van’s stereo, mobile with headset so I could talk during my loooong drive, eBook and laptop packed away along with the mobile broadband usb stick so I could still surf the net in the B&B. Obviously on any future trips the Garmin will be along for the ride too. Writing it all down it seems slightly ridiculous but I can’t imagine going away for a few days and not taking any of those things. I truly am reliant on technology and it forms a significant part of my everyday life without me even thinking about it, I’m sure I can’t be the only one.
When I get asked what I do for a living I usually try to brush the enquiry off with a reply like “oh just engineering stuff”. Depending on the person I either get the reply “so you work on cars?” or “oh right what kind of engineering?” or thankfully less often the but-you’re-a-woman! look (yes, well done, full marks for observation).
For now I’m just going to ignore the state of affairs concerning the word engineer in the UK which to so many people means you must be a mechanic (maybe that’s a topic for another time). Or indeed that it is still possible to drop the bombshell that women are engineers too every now and then.
What should my reply be to those that are (possibly feigning) interest in my career. How do I explain it without the oh so common assumption “you work with computers then? Can you help with my PC?” – No Robin it’s not just you. Say CFD to most and after you’ve explained what CFD is (while their eyes glaze over) they assume that it is only used in Formula 1 or for designing aircraft and it offers so much more than that. Fortunately for us, most engineers (in whatever industry) realise that. Which means I get to help other engineers use our software so that consumers everywhere can enjoy technology without having to think about it.
Today I’m kinda pleased that I play a very small part in an industry that so many people take for granted. I’m also resigned to the fact that if my husband thinks my job is “something to do with computers” I’m never going to convince others any differently.
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