Saturday, May 20, 2006

"Before Computers", that is...

I have thought about all of the times I've sat in front of this here computer monitor, waiting for something to happen. Something, anything. When I get ready to go online, I hit the "on" button on my 'tower'. Then I wait. Then one picture comes up on my screen. It pops off the screen and I wait some more until another picture comes up. Then I wait again. Then my desktop icons appear. But, I must wait until my firewall protection loads up before I can sign on. Finally, everything's where it's 'sposed to be. I click "PeoplePC", and a sign-in box appears. I click that. Then I wait. The sign-in box displays the "loading of the provider" as I hear squiggly little "handshake" noises coming from the tower. So I assume everything's cool. Generally by that time, it is, and I can go online and do whatever it is I'm doing.

Of course, as it is in life, the brain begins to lose its capacity to deal with things after a while, and so does the computer. It refuses to move, to go anywhere, to do something, anything. So, then I have to re-boot. Sign-off, and then sign-on again. Repeat procedure above all over again. Continue to wait. You get the idea...So, here we all are, a myriad number of computer users everywhere, sitting zombie-like in front of their machines, involved in the process of waiting for something, anything, to happen. I've wondered about this, and now I think I know why we're all subject to this cyber-torture from time to time. It's part of the scheme of things, invented by the powers that be. They WANT to keep us glued to our computers, FOREVER.

Someone forwarded this to me and I just had to share. Of course, I've been advised to give up "dial-up", but that's the main reason I have a PHONE, so I can have computer access. So anyway, now you know why you have to endure silent moments once you sign on. I feel your pain.


Anonymous stebbijo said...

So, yesterday the internet was down! Critical break in the line near Lewiston -- got parts of WA, OR and all of Idaho. It was just awful!

We have cable and it works just like DSL. We use a free program for our phone that is hooked up to the cable internet which is basically free - maybe it costs 15 bucks a month, probably less, with FREE long distance and local calling -- called Skype with voicemail. I love it.

I will never go back to dial up OR a phone company ever again. But, I would like to get stand alone DSL in these here neck of the woods which is just almost damn near impossible.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Sage said...

NOOOOOOOOOOO, never dial up. Cable may cost me $40@mo but it always there and its fast and furious.

8:43 PM  
Blogger little ol' me said...

Stebbi, I can't imagine you without "Internet" must have been going through withdrawals! I've thot about cable, but I'm not going to pay for expensive cable and phone at the same time. Yeah, dial-up is slow, but it's mostly good for what I do. I may have to look into that "Skype" thing, tho. Phone AND Cable internet for $15? Hmmm...

Sometimes, Mr. Sage, I find the Internet can be a "furious" place with dial-up. Fast is always good, but I just don't know if I want to go that route. Yet, anyway. Maybe in time. Remember, I am an old dinosaur. Call me the 'bloggosaurus of the internet'.

10:26 PM  

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