Techies by Necessity, Not by Choice: The proliferation of technology is slowly making us all geeks.
“…the average consumer performs chores that two decades ago would have been familiar only to a mainframe systems operator: installation and removal of hardware and software, and general troubleshooting and maintenance. … With the spread of constant broadband connections and in-house networks, people have had to become their own network administrators.”
Even formally simple devices are becoming more complex:
“Home CD players are not simply turned on; they must be programmed before they can be used. Digital cameras seem relatively straightforward until the time comes to hook them up to the computer and download photos. Even cable TV boxes need to be rebooted from time to time.”