Tonight I was at the field station helping a friend download and install some antivirus programs on his laptop. While we were waiting for the first download to finish, I mentioned that my parents just upgraded to some insanely fast internet connection. He said, "So people have internet at home?" It was only then that I realized that me talking about my parents' internet connection not an ordinary conversation here. Yeah, most Americans have internet at home, and if not they can go to a cafe or library. If I would've though for a fraction of a second I would've come to the same conclusion. I thought I was making a comment on speed, but what he heard was more a comment on access at all.
Lastly, my friend saw a UBC page that mentioned SPSS and he said, "Oh! I've been trying to get that program but I can't find it anywhere. It's very difficult to get here." Why can't you get it online? "You need credit card to buy them." Duh. Oh my gosh, of course. He doesn't have a credit card and so he can't buy anything online. I offered to use my credit card if he really need something and he can pay me cash. E-commerce is missing out on a lot of potential buyers.
I think I take my computer-savvyness and computer-priviledge for granted except when experiences like these come along. What do you take for granted?