Old Dog New Tricks

You can’t teach and old dog new tricks.

Who says?

Well, the saying goes way back…back when we used to write and talk much differently. Here’s a quote from Fitzherbert’s “Book of Husbandry” written in 1534.

He muste teche his dogge to barke when he wolde haue hym, to ronne whan he wold haue hym and to leve running whan he wolde haue hym; or els he is not a cunning shepeherd. The dogge must leme it when he is a whelpe, or els it wyt not be; for it is harde to make and olde dogge to stoupe.

(I just blew up my Word Document copying that line. Almost every word is underlined red.)
Regardless the meaning is clear…I think. He is saying in the last line that an old dog can’t be made to stoop (get a scent, go hunting, etc)

Dog trainers say most old dogs CAN be taught new tricks.
But we humans have used that old saying for us humans. Learning new tricks, new technology can be tough for us old folks.  The technology world changes monthly and sometimes weekly.

My younger brother wants nothing to do with computers. I’m not sure how that is possible in today’s world, but he is not about to start learning.
Frustrated Computer User

I do know some folks my age who only use the computer for email and solitaire. That’s fine. It’s your computer. It’s also a huge time-suck for retired folks. I can speak for that group. I find when doing research for this blog or a novel I’m writing I look at the clock and see I’ve missed two meals. Doesn’t show though.

My point is I’ve found a new trick and talk about a time-suck.

The other night a good friend spoke at a meeting I attended. It was about new computer technology and especially cell-phone technology. He showed us how to use this technology.

WOW!  Sorry if you have an I-phone, you can stop reading. This is only for “modern” type cell phones.

So I downloaded a free app (sorry again Apple folks) called “Trigger” and I doubt if I will ever get anything done around the house for days.

Here is what Whiztags look like. They cost less than a dollar each…much less.
They have an adhesive peel-off sticker on the back. And they are easily programmable.
And, yes, the large one is a key-chain.


Why would I want to program a little round sticker? Because I’m lazy and it’s fun. My cell phone will now do anything (up to 20-25 different things) I want it to when I just rub the back of it across the little whiztag.

Get it?  For instance. Stick the whiztag by the door, or your plug-in charging area. When you walk in the door, rub the back of your phone across the whiztag. Your phone will send a pre-programmed text…maybe “Honey I’m home,” then it will put itself on vibrate and set an alarm for later to remind you to do something (like exercise).

Anything your phone can do it will automatically do when you rub the back across the whiztag. It’s called NFC (near-field communication). Phones also will trade files or whatever when you touch two phones together.


FILE - In this Friday, June 22, 2007 file photo, Chinese Crested dog "Elwood" appears at the 2007 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif. Elwood, who weighed in at just 6 lbs and was rescued as the result of a New Jersey SPCA investigation, won the title of World's ugliest dog of 2007. The 25th running of the World's Ugliest Dog contest takes place Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Sonoma County Fair in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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2 Responses to Old Dog New Tricks

  1. John says:

    Oh, that seems like fun…and a time suck. I’m glad I have an iPhone 😉

  2. heyannis says:

    New tricks like these make my head spin. Good luck with your whiztags. xoA

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