Monday, June 13, 2005


Sometimes you know when your time has passed. I used to be the guy you called to fix your computer. I could format a harddisk with the best of them. Even knew how the data was stored on the disk. Now, I've fallen to user status.
I just went through the final process to place ads on this fair blogspace, and let me tell you, web pages are complicated! There are a thousand different decisions to make and every one of them has its own set of help pages, which of course, also have help pages. And to top it all off, I have no idea what any of them mean. Thank the eternal programming god who came up with the idea of a functional default setting.
When did the internet and computers become so damned complicated? I miss the days of DOS. For those of you too young to remember (yes its been that long), DOS is short for Disk Operating System. It was Microsoft's answer to how one was to interface with one's harddisk and other playthings P.C. internal. No windows, no click and drag, no user-friendly gui. Just me and my non-Windows keyboard. Granted there was no world wide web, but I can do without internet porn ads popping up wantonly thank you. You actually had to type a long string of cryptic commands in order to get the computer to do what you wanted. 'copy c:\mydocs\*.* c:\trash' would copy all files in the mydocs folder to the trash folder. Just to move some files! It was work, but it kept you in touch with what the machine was doing and how to make it do it. No longer. Now we have 32 'services' running in the background that I don't think anyone knows what they do (certainly not Goober the tech support guy). Which, when you are trying to figure out what the !@#!@#$@#$ keeps placing a partypoker icon on your desktop, is quite annoying.
But I digress. Needless to say, I'm in the dark these days. I can't write HTML, I don't know what a channel is, I have no idea why a program called alg.exe is running on my machine (its not in the run line in the registry) and I give up. Just call me user.

ps in case you didn't notice, I actually broke this post into paragraphs rather than my usual full on rambling style. This is mostly in response to my philosophy professor's complaints that a 10 page paragraph was worse than a page full of comma splices (which I still have no idea what are), so lemme know what you think. Does it add readability? Does it help you comprehend my ramblings more easily?


At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you give one of us a call? We don't have your number, and we're going up to Bentleys for a couple.


At 12:19 PM, Blogger Cary said...

Hey, fellow DOS-dinosaur! I feel the same way. All this "HTML" stuff has me boondoggled, having been off the bleeding edge of technology for so long. I am tempted to get a "Dummies" book to fix my blog, make it more personalized...

Surfed in here on BlogExplosion, read a few ramblings, liked it.


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