Ode To a Node (Part I, A Very Funny Blog)

I’m sitting on a plane to London with my Ipad in airplane mode and it occurred to me that back when I got my first computer, it was always in airplane mode.  The world was my oyster, as long as the pearl I needed was on my tiny hard drive.  I was just a stand alone node, a planet unaware of the larger universe and how I fit into it. This was back when PC really meant personal computer.

It’s amazing how convenient and life changing I thought a stand alone computer was.     Now, I consider a computer not on the internet to be a small step up from a calculator.  Back then, I had some games, a generic word processing and a spreadsheet app back when they were called programs.  I would type in programs from a book and make a balloon scroll across the screen.  I was doing it! Back then I thought I was cooking with gas but I really had a tiny twig flame going.  The Chariots of Fire moments gave way to the rise of connectivity.

A nod to all the people like me who were enamored with computers even before they fulfilled their promise.  I could be more fire and brimstone about the implications of all this connectivity: loss of privacy, loss of real life interaction, carpel tunnel, easily accessible depravity.

I suppose all this was written in the stars just as the next wave of computing is inevitable. So when blogs are automatically RSS fed into your eyelids just remember that you can’t stop progress but you can still have choice.  The right to choose how to treat yourself and others and the write to scroll your eyelids until you reach something worth reading.  Like, my blog for instance.  The mode of delivery isn’t as important as the spirit of consumption. Consume wisely.

Past blogs on Technology:

There was the the I used my smart phone in the 99 Cents Store

And, we’ll always have the time my computer decided to take forever…literally

And who could forget the elderly woman who decided to finally join the computing movement.

2 thoughts on “Ode To a Node (Part I, A Very Funny Blog)

  1. […] recently wrote a blog about how my 1st computer wasn’t on the Internet. That’s unimaginable now.  Like how before refrigeration people had blocks of ice delivered to […]

  2. me!

    Young man —

    If your first computer allowed a balloon to scroll across a screen, then this makes you a young whippersnapper. Why, in my day, the monitor was a black and white re-purposed television, the storage consisted of a Sears cassette recorder (TI recommended a specific model available from Sears for the purpose), and I thought I was going high-tech when I splurged on the “Extended Basic” cartridge. But that was as far as I could go in good conscience. Hard drives were for the power-mad and morally suspect.

    I later upgraded to the Commodore 64, but the implications of having so much computing potential at my disposal frightened me too much to actually use it. Plus, it had sprites, which were in all probability demonic.

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