I can’t imagine why anyone would want a card reader. I can read my cards all by myself. Perhaps they get a lot more fan mail than I do, or receive hundreds of Christmas cards which they don’t have time to read. But also when it comes to it, I don’t even know what a card reader is. This is all about disappearing money again. (See my earlier post “I like money” dated 20th July 2017)
My interest in them was raised when I read about a lady who had been sent a card reader in the post, supposedly from her bank. After a friendly telephone conversation with someone who said they were from her bank, she trustingly, but foolishly gave them her bank account details. The next day she found out all her money had been removed from her account!
So I looked up card readers on Wikipedia, which is the font of all essential information these days. That is where I walk into a world of new-speak.
The Wikipedia simple definition of a card reader is:
“A memory card reader is a device typically having a USB interface, for accessing the data on a memory card such as “COMPACT FLASH” (CF), SECURE DIGITAL (SD) or MULTIMEDIA CARD (MMC). Most readers offer write capability and the card, together with the card reader, can then function as a pen drive.”
That was the simple explanation!
- If you want to delve into it a bit more, you need to know what a USB is. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. The only problem is you can’t use your bus pass to travel on it.
- Also, what about CF, SD and MMC. They all do the same thing, more or less. They remember things. Like bus timetables I suppose.
- Some also offer writing capabilities and are called Pen Drives. So they must be like fountain pens, although it’s best not to fill them up with Quink.
No wonder Grannies and Grandpas are being left behind. Most of this new-speak are abbreviated language has only been around since the year 2000 and every year afterwards some new name is introduced, just to confuse you even more.
Little surprise then that Grannies and Grandpas get scammed!