March 8, 2009

It Seems to Me... We need a cold boot for the economy.

It seems to me that we are proving with every passing day the old adage, "If you get stupid around this it will kill you real quick."


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It seems to me that while being told there are a lot of "new and improved" economic programs about to be released, what we are really seeing released is "ye olde fritterware" with all the toolbars turned on.

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It seems to me we are presently in an "artistic," "metrosexual" "Apple" state of economic failure. That's the state where when one program ceases to work, you run "Force Quit" on that program. Then when the next program fails to work, you run "Force Quit" on that program. And so on.

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It seems to me that what we need to be in is the more manly "Microsoft" state of economic failure. That's the state when any crash throws up the blue screen of death. When that happens all you can do is give the machine a reach-around and flip the big off switch. Only then can you go for a cold boot, and you'd better do it in safe mode with virus shields up and your surge protector strapped on.

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Posted by Vanderleun at March 8, 2009 6:42 PM | TrackBack
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What a perfect analogy. It's always been stunning to me how, when teaching, I found that liberal populations were always filled with angry and defensive Hackintosh users, all of whom approached problems by continuing to push buttons until a miracle occurred.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at March 8, 2009 6:10 PM

I just had the most frightening thought. I don't know much about computers, so when mine acts up, I call in the wife.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at March 8, 2009 7:25 PM

The Macintosh has always seemed to me like a Volvo with the hood welded shut. It works fine, but if anything goes wrong, you have to call a "genius" for a jump start. Getting your hands dirty is for the peasants.

That's the perfect computer for a former community organizer.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at March 9, 2009 12:55 AM

Oh no, you didn't! Windows is the original "black box" of computing. Something goes wrong, and you're reinstalling. Mac users (real Mac users, not beret-wearing, latte-drinking, organic hemp underwear-wearing community organizers) can fix it themselves. What's the basis of Mac OS? BSD/Unix. You can find out how to do anything with it if you can do a web search. Not so with Windoze. I guaran-damn-tee you that I am not calling an Apple genius to fix it. You can't even call someone to fix your Windoze box. There's nothing to fix... "just reinstall every six months and you're set!" Talk about pushing some buttons (illustrated delightfully above) until some miracle occurs. That's Windoze.

One other thing. The chances of running into the same kinds of fatal errors on Mac that Windoze runs into is much lower. Better plumbing to begin with.

P.S. I worked for MSFT.

Posted by: Ferd at March 9, 2009 12:02 PM
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