NL-Did Ron really do this interview? If he did, it had to be by e-mail. Because I have interviewed him and talked to him many times on the phone and he has never answered one of MY questions in less then 500 words!
What’s your favourite piece of technology, and how has it improved your life?
This will sound corny, but I’ll say the cellphone. I’ve also got a foot massager, which has improved my dating life – the girls love it when they come over. It’s been really good for my romantic life.
When was the last time you used it, and what for?
The phone I use every day; the foot massager I last used yesterday.
What additional features would you add if you could?
To massage all the way up your leg. They do so many things now, I want mine to cook me breakfast.
Do you think it will be obsolete in 10 years’ time?
No, it will just be very much improved in 10 years’ time – both the cellphone and the foot massager. They will never be obsolete.
What always frustrates you about technology in general?
That when you buy something it’s obsolete in two weeks. It all changes so quickly.
If you had one tip about getting the best out of new technology, what would it be?
Keep abreast of the situation – read magazines about it, watch TV about it and learn it.
Do you consider yourself to be a luddite or a nerd?
Nerd – no, I take that back, I’m not good on computers. I’m slow, because when I was young, if you took typing class you were consisdered gay. We always took shop – the masculine thing. Back then, no one took typing. Now, everyone has to be a typist.
What’s the most expensive piece of technology you’ve ever owned?
A car. I’ve never had expensive cars, but it was a great one – a Plymouth Duster. It was my first car as a young boy at 16.
Mac or PC, and why?
Macs are better, but I own a PC. In my line of work, we get tested every month. Yet there’s no venerial tests for a computer. I want someone to invent a computer condom.
Do you still buy physical media such as CDs and DVDs, or do you download? What was your last purchase?
I probably buy DVDs more, of films that I’m in. The last one I bought was a couple of weeks ago, it was called National Lampoon’s Stoned Age.
Robot butlers – a good idea or not?
Excellent. I think robot butlers would be OK, but robot dogs? The ones they bring to old-age homes for people to play with? What a stupid idea – why not use a real dog?
What piece of technology would you most like to own?
A robot dog – just kidding! A robot butler.
What can we say, the guy is good at a lot of things.Technology isn’t one of them!