Today, i got chastised for writing about technology and was told to understand that all readers are not literate in technology. The comment touched a nerve and my reply reflected it.
Slightly interesting is that the post was on Pupusas and technology was just the notification method to know if pupusas were being made.
Yes, I often write about technology that I feel is important to living in Panama. If you are going to move to Panama, I believe you have to learn the language (Spanish) and you will need to use some technology.
Another related post to why I post about technology was in written in 2013. Every year I get new readers and new comments wanting me to tone it down because the post covers areas those readers don’t understand.
My uncle will be 100 next May and every week, when I talk to him, he passes on new information he just picked up in the news paper or on the TV. No one reading this blog is too old to learn new things.
I am sure you have heard that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. If you move to Panama from the U.S. or other first world country, you will be forced to use some technology. The comment, that inspired this post, said his/her first use of the computer was to use SKYPE to communicate with family back home.
While the PC is a good tool for communicating back home, it is also a good tool to allow bad people to take over your life. Privacy information being stollen is growing by the day. If you only know how to turn on the PC, you probably don’t keep your operating system up to date. You probably don’t use strong passwords and you leave yourself open to more problems that you can imagine.
I could not get by in Panama without a smart phone. This wasn’t the case when I first saw Chiriquí in 2002. Today, I get emails and messages from the U.S. Embassy, Neighborhood watch notices from WhatsApp, I use Viber, Line, FaceTime, MagicJack and WhatsApp to communicate with family and friends around the world.
You may think that technology has nothing to do with living in Panama or any other Latin American country. Think again. You will be forced to use it and you better understand the benefits and the risks when you use it.