I don’t understand how this technology has passed me by

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Last week I was amazed when the shop assistant at my local chemist showed me how to pay for something using my contactless card.

I’ve had my card for about a year now and I admit that I’d noticed a strange little logo on the card that resembles the Wi-Fi symbol.

Isn’t it amazing what technology can do these days?

But I didn’t really know what it meant and never bothered to find out.

I was stunned how easy it was to spend money and joked to the shop assistant that I need to be careful I don’t accidentally purchase a Porsche.

She then explained there is a maximum spend limit of £20.

What I’d like to know is how has this technology passed me by?

A few years ago I took my car to Halfords because I thought a headlight bulb had blown.

I noticed when turning corners that the lights got brighter on one side, but the chap at Halfords explained this was a feature called directional lighting and was a modern driving aid.

I guess I would have known this if I had bothered to read the manual.

But, let’s face it, who does?

Lou: I can’t believe that it took Jez a year to realise his card has contactless payment!

I’m quite jealous really, as mine doesn’t do that.

Our boss also made us laugh recently when he gave his company car back, only to find out a few days later it had cruise control that he hadn’t once noticed in the year he’d been driving it.

I suppose I shouldn’t laugh really.

You see, I only recently found out that it’s possible to set ovens to come on and cook at a specific time.

I have no idea whether this is a normal feature, or just something on my mum’s oven.

We were worrying about the timing of a film we wanted to see at the cinema last weekend.

If we ate beforehand it would be really early, but having to cook afterwards would mean eating really late.

So she suggested setting the oven to start cooking half-way through the film so it was ready when we got back.

It worked a treat. Isn’t it amazing what technology can do these days?