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Sooner Rather Than Later
By Mac Chipman
Nov 1, 2007 - 7:00:34 AM

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I am sure you have heard people say, I'm too old to learn new things and besides, I'm over fifty! Well, I'm here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. You're never too old to learn new things, quite the contrary. Heck, my wife teaches me new things all the time! Yah, right! But seriously, we all can and should try our best to keep up with the changing times and yes just maybe we will learn a new trick or two in the process. People all over the country are taking classes at their local high schools and libraries to learn more about computer operation and how to do what our kids and grandkids all take for granted the PC. Kids are right at home using a computer and it's because they have been raised in front of one.

Today with technology changing every five minutes, especially in the high tech computer world, it's more important now than ever to keep up with the newest software and latest happenings. Today, computers are used for about everything and it is becoming harder and more difficult to find job listings much less applying for a job without being knowledgeable of a PC. Were you aware that some employer web sites have time limits which track how long it takes you to fill out an application on-line? If you are too slow, it will boot you out and you will have to start all over. I hear that they use this as sort of a screening out process. You see, if you are not hip to a computer, they would rather not have you on their team.

Here I was, middle aged, and forced to change careers and lacking much if any computer knowledge. I figured that if I were to make a successful career change, not to mention to be able to pay all that alimony, I had to at least acquire enough basic PC skills to be competitive. Last week at a job fair held in Bangor, a number of the employers were telling job seekers that the only way they could apply for jobs at their respective businesses was to apply on-line. So if you don't know how to do it then you only have a few choices, you could forget about applying all together, or get a grand kid to go with you to the library or career center to use a computer to fill out their on line application.

Don't be fooled by all the television ads that try to make you think that in order to look up a web site or do some research on the web on that new hunting rifle that you just have to have high speed internet, DSL or some other rigging. It's just a ploy to get more of your hard earned money. I write articles for three newspapers, produce a weekly newsletter and now write for the Magic City News and I do it all with a dial up internet connection. Yes, that's right, and I have found the lowest priced dial up on the web too, it's 207ME.COM.

207ME.COM is a small Mars Hill, Maine based company started by a school teacher a couple of years back to bolster his retirement, one day. He doesn't try to get rich off other folks by overcharging like other dial ups; he believes that if he offers a good product at a very fair price then people will seek him out. You know, I think he is on to something. If you have an ISP internet service provider who charges you more then $6.95 per month and they don't throw in a Free 6 X Accelerator, then you are paying too much! I would call my friend Stephen at 1-888-229-2411 and tell him that MAC sent you. He just might give you a free trial offer for you! But you must mention Mac's name to get it. If you are reading this article on line than obviously you're computer savvy. If you know someone who fits the description of someone that I described, please print this out for them.

Well, that's about all for my first installment in the Magic City News. I hope I made you laugh a little and even better think a little about your computer skills and about what to do about acquiring more. Until next time, it was a pleasure and remember to put God first in all you do and say and he will bless you for it.

Mac Chipman

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