WD Fyfe

A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society

Don’t Touch That File

This weekend I’m going to fly down to Vegas. I’m going to have 3 shots of tequila at McCarran.  Then, I’m going to go to the Consumer Electronics Show.  I’m going walk in the door, go up to the first techie I can find, grab him by his dickie little shirt and slap the living snot out of him.  Then, when he (or she, I don’t give a damn which) is laying semiconscious at my feet, I’m going say — loudly and aggressively — “The next time any one of you sexually repressed mega-mathematicians even thinks about changing Facebook, Google, WordPress, YouTube or anything to do with Microsoft, just remember what happened to this guy, ‘cause if you mess with me again, I’m comin’ back here and I’m bringing Hell with me!”  Then, I’m going to turn on my heel and go have a nice quiet lunch — maybe at the Eiffel Tower.  I’m going to do all this because somebody has got to strike a blow for every one of us ordinary people who is fed up with all this geeky techno-crap.

As you probably don’t know, the Consumer Electronics Show is going on this week.  This is an annual event where a bunch of really, really smart people go to Vegas to gamble on what’s going to be the Next Big Thing in consumer electronics.  (Just as an aside, this year’s no big surprise is tablet computers.)  Anyway, it always works like this.  Every electronics company in the galaxy — except Apple — shows up with their machines (remember, they’re just machines.)   They give one each to any journalist who can spell their company name, along with all the booze and hookers they can consume in seven days.  They take whatever’s left over and throw it to the packs of snarling nerds, waiting outside.  Then they set up their booth, turn on some pasteurized hip hop music, smile for the cameras, and wait for the journalists to sober up.  A week later, they take whatever the nerds didn’t break home with them, assemble 80 million copies and ship them to Costco, Best Buy and Future Shop.  It’s the circle of life, Grasshopper.  I’m content with it.

And this is true.  I really don’t mind re-buying my electronic crap every couple of years.  It’s as inevitable as death and taxes, and I’ve grown to accept it.  I’ve come to realize that the world is spinning a lot faster than it did when I was a kid, and I can’t possibly keep up.  I know, for example, that my phone is now technically smarter than I am (it certainly remembers more than I do) my television is better than being there, and my laptop is so powerful that, if it ever really gets mad, it can reach out and kill me.  I also know that — even as I write this — there’s more new and better stuff getting loaded onto a boat in Asia, and by the time it gets here, it’s going to be way cheaper than the last stuff I bought.   Once again, the circle of life, Grasshopper, and I’m content with that, too.  There will be no punches thrown.

The thing that has finally driven me to violence, however, is that smart-ass techie who’s busy changing all the applications out from underneath me – practically over lunch.  You go to something like Facebook, (connecting with friends and family) to tell them you’re doing important stuff like eating spaghetti, and you can’t recognize  the page you used less than an hour ago!  Some jerk in Loma Lonely, California, has changed it.  (I know Jessica Alba doesn’t answer your Tweets, but don’t take it out on me.)  Everything has a different name, and it’s in a different place, and you can’t get there from here, anyway.  It’s like waking up in the morning and finding out your toaster has forgotten how to make toast.  (Bread goes in the top?  Bread goes in the side?  Where the hell does the bread go?)  Nobody is going to convince me that Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 are so radically different that the whole configuration had to change.  There was junk on XP that I never figured out, and I’m sure there was stuff on Vista that was born, lived and died and not one person on this planet even knew it was there.

There are only 3 people in this world under the age of 100 who don’t care about computer technology: The Pope, The Dalai Lama, and Stephen Jobs’ mom.  The other 6.8 billion of us need computers to function — every single day — so it would be in everybody’s best interest to set some standards and quit changing things around once a week.  Believe me, if something isn’t done pretty soon, I’m not the only one who’s going to show up in Vegas with a bad attitude.

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6 comments on “Don’t Touch That File

  1. N Watt
    January 7, 2011

    Yes indeed, the “nerds” of the world are finally having their moment in the sun. All those geeky kids that everyone made fun of in high school are getting their revenge. They are sitting in their “basements” just like they did back in the day, and thinking up all sorts of ways to get even, and by god they are succeeding. Let’s change facebook, take that you jerk, who stuffed me in my locker, let’s make google more interesting, there that should screw up the smart asses that tripped me in the hall. I wasn’t one of the “nerds” in high school (not smart enough) but I was one of the “outcast” group, so I can to some extent understand how they feel. So good on guys if you get your pound of flesh good for you, as for me, if the day comes that I can’t figure out all the changes, to hell with it, the computer goes in the scrape heap, and I go back to what worked for me years ago.

    • wdfyfe
      January 7, 2011

      Ah, the pencil with delete built into the other end.

      WD wdfyfe.wordpress.com

  2. B.J. Vandale
    January 7, 2011

    I have to agree with what N. Watt has stated about the “Nerds, Techie’s” whatever the name you want to give them. Yes, they are the smartest of the smart, and maybe they are now getting their pound of fresh, but they have to remember who in this world has the money to buy all the new and improved computers, phones, T.V’s etc. It is the people in the 50 plus generation that have over the course of time accumulated the amount of money is needed to buy all their new inventions. Be it for their children or for themselves. If they change things just because they can, these same people will not be buying the new and improved but sticking to the tried and true. I have had XP, Visa and now a Windows 7 and there isn’t an extreme amount of difference, because there isn’t much new out there in the world of technology, not at this time. If you remember over the course of all the new technology that has come out, there is always a five year span between each really big change. So what they have tried to do is changed the programs within the systems so that you think you need another system. New and Improved, no, they have to make money, just like every other person in the universe is trying to do. Nerds of the world we need all of you but change for change sake we don’t need. I only wish I would have used the brains the Lord gave me when I was in High School and become one of the Nerds. No matter what you think, we were all smart enough, just not mature enough to realize it.

  3. oldhoncho
    January 7, 2011

    yu need to get a wider reader base, but also need to get some of that Tequilla mindset into your system befor yu rupture yourself
    maybe yu can find a market thru wall-mart; of course the techies know more than yu & I, about the crapp of today, but they were born yesterday
    go have a helping of All-Bran

    • wdfyfe
      January 7, 2011

      Tell your friends Honcho the more the merrier!

      WD wdfyfe.wordpress.com

  4. B.J. Vandale
    January 7, 2011

    I sorry that is suppose to read “pound of flesh” not fresh. I do apologize.

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