The Hammer and the PC

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This is NOT a post about taking a hammer to your PC or ipad. It is a post about understanding. In today's world we are often overwhelmed with Technology. So to me the key is to understand why a hammer and a PC are very much the same. First the Hammer.

If you look at a hammer you can see it has a blunt area, a handle, and a forked end. Even if you weren't sure what a hammer was for you might be able to guess. It is in fact a tool . It is a tool with a specific design. It has a driving end and even has an "undo" end. If you never used a hammer you could pick one up with a nail and probably drive it into a piece of wood with a minimum of trouble. You would understand the tool

Now the PC. Well if you pick one up you could drive a nail but common sense tells you it probably is not for driving things. In fact the PC is a tool with no specific purpose. Let me say that again. The PC has no specific purpose. The non specific use for the device is what throws most people.  You are not supposed to understand what it is for.  When you say I do not understand PC's that is exactly the RIGHT thing to say. That is the whole point. YOU  GIVE IT PURPOSE.  You buy, write or access software to achieve an end. In the same way you buy a hammer to drive nails you buy a PC to ..... (get it). So you have to look at the PC as a tool. 

Viewed as a tool the PC becomes a less scary. So if you know what a hammer does then take that knowledge and apply it to your technology or computer. Have a task and through software or reading or what ever, complete that task. Then move on to another task. After all you would say, " of course I can use a screw driver , I used a hammer right !"

View your Computer , or ipad or, smart phone, or whatever as a tool. If you view your PC like a hammer you will be less scared of it. If you are less scared of it then you probably will use the tool better. So understanding the relationship between the hammer and the PC will help you go a long way in this world of increasing technology.

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Bill Gustafson
Tallahassee, FL


It always helps to know a tool is a tool when you find one, and then be able to use it to its fullest extent to HELP you get your job done. Great post!

Sep 14, 2011 04:35 AM #1
Ken Brandon
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC) - Jacksonville, NC
Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC

You are absolutely correct. It is just another tool. Someone once told me if the only tool in your tool box is a hammer...then everything looks like a nail !

Sep 14, 2011 05:47 AM #2
Dan Johnson
LiLi Lua, LLC - Savannah, GA

I had a laptop about twelve years ago that made a fine hammer.  I swung it effortlessly and it gave me great pleasure when it impacted an inanimate object.  Now that I think about it, it really wasn't a very good hammer but it sure was fun to swing.

Sep 14, 2011 08:35 AM #3
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Bill Thank you for the kind words

Ken liked the analogy !

Dan this explains a lot

Sep 15, 2011 07:53 AM #4
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

I have a few PCs that were hammered by a blunt object and are now excellent door stops. 

Door stops are tools. =)

Sep 19, 2011 06:02 AM #6
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Charlie, I think the original PC was a platform as you said to run software. So therefore it does have a purpose but it is multi purpose. It orginally was an electronic typewriter (word processor). Together with a printer it could write letters. When you get frustrated with PC's they do make fine hammers though much more expensive and not as durable after the first swing.

Sep 19, 2011 06:05 AM #7
Nick Smith
Jpar Live Local - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate, We Love Boise

I like the title of your blog. I need to admit that i was hoping you where going to tell us how you took a hammer to your PC.

Sep 19, 2011 06:13 AM #8
NoCo Home Team
C3 Real Estate Solutions - Fort Collins, CO
Sell Smart, Buy Wise & Live Well in Nrthn Colorado

What a great way to look at technology, Charlie.  Growing up with a parent at Hewlett Packard (when they first dove into the PC world) had me playing computer games before most people even knew what a computer was, so needless to say I'm "Geek to the Core".  Its hard for me to understand people who are afraid of technology and much harder to find ways to help them overcome it.  I can really appreciate this perspective and plan to use it (look out Mom, that iPhone isn't gonna learn itself!).  Thanks for sharing your insight with us!

-Dee Bundy of The NoCo Home Team

Serving Northern Colorado's Home Buying and Selling Needs


Sep 19, 2011 06:58 AM #9
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

The PC is just a more sophisticated and complicated tool.

Sep 19, 2011 07:09 AM #10
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Nick ,Gary and J Phillips, I sense a bit of common hostility running thru your commments, and yes I can relate

Lesley and Dee thank you. Given your pback rounds I am flattered

Leslie I could have used your comment as the whole blog excellent point

Sep 19, 2011 07:20 AM #11
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Charlie - The PC is a box ..... like a tool box full of tools ..... they may be tools that came with the box or tools you purchased and threw into the box hoping for a miracle ..... but it is still just a box with a bunch of tools stuffed inside ..... as with all tools it takes a skilled person to utilize those tools to their best advantage and create something usefull ..... some, with the proper skills, have learned how to manipulate and automate the tools like the assembly line for autos with all the automated robots that now do what people used to do ...... others rely on the few with the skills while still others simply throw their hands up in the air or use the hammer when the get frustrated enough.

Sep 19, 2011 07:29 AM #12
Bryan Bowles
RealtyPlug - Chesterfield, MO

Great perspective! Technology is a fantastic tool and it should be recognized as such. It's definitely a manual tool though, so it requires a little work on the users part to really get the most out of it!

Sep 19, 2011 09:40 AM #13
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Charlie - You had me with the title... That said, Many a time I have thought of putting hammer to pc. But in a calmer mood I will just take it apart with some other tools and try to fix it if fixable. Most of the time they are and any tool that can fix another tool is a good thing... hmmm did that make any sense?....

Sep 19, 2011 09:42 AM #14
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


These technological devices are indeed the tools of our trade. Excellent analogy my friend.

Sep 19, 2011 01:51 PM #15
Rob Kittle
Kittle Real Estate - Fort Collins, CO
"We Specialize, You Benefit!" -Kittle Real Estate

Before we never knew that PC or Computers or other Technological devices will drive our world like these. I buy thing or gadgets that i know i can use and help me with my everyday tasks, the technology really drives us today, we can't live a day without taking a call or cheking our email, i am so greatful we have them all but you are right we have to see this little devices or gadgets as tools not just because it's in demand we have to get it, but we got to get it because we need it. Great post!

Sep 19, 2011 03:27 PM #16
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Charlie - I still think there are days that I would rather take a hammer to my Droid or pc than try to understand that it is a tool.

Sep 19, 2011 04:27 PM #17
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I am fearless on the iPad but not on the PC so I guess I see one as a tool and one as a big challenge.
Sep 19, 2011 06:10 PM #18
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Lisa, Robert and Christine, I think you are members of the group above that wants to take a hammer to the pc. Maybe we should start a group called Luddities at ActiveRain. Thank you for your comments

Cheryl. I am learning the ipad and the more I learn the more I like it

Kathy I could not agree more in Fact I always viewed retech south as a tool box

Richard thanks for your kind words

Rob you are right you wither evolve or go extinct

Bryan thanks for your comments and lets keep learning how to use those tools!

Sep 20, 2011 02:23 AM #19
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Charlie, great post.  I remain astounded by the potential of personal computers, whether MAC or PC or Linux, whatever.  But, it requires some knowledge and training.  You can get a wealth of productivity from these machines, but only if you take the time to learn how to use them.

Sep 20, 2011 02:57 AM #20
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