Last week my work computer died. No one shot it – it just died. Probably should have shot it – but why add more metal to useless metal.
So, another computer was pieced together for me. With just the basic operating system and a few Windows programs.
Which means I had to reinstall a number of programs. And had to find the application data. Which is always tucked away somewhere on the hard drive. Of course, the computer companies are not going to outline this in bold print.
Off to Google and the internet. And soon I was given the information and health was restored to my computer system.
Which brings me to the great aid that the internet has become. On a TV newscast today the item featured was nurses using their iPod touch to show patients medical information. Instead of turning to older textbooks, the current place to find data is online. The textbooks are outdated too quickly, the indexing too slow and just generally they have become obsolete.
May we never have a power outage, or an interruption to the world wide web. In a few years that will spell the death of us.