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January 27, 2006

Why computers are more forgiving than the real world


Sure, we've all read those cautionary tales about what happens when you press the wrong button in your email and send out something that ends up costing you your job — or worse.

And we've all had the frustrating experience of having a finger stray while typing on a keyboard, subsequently erasing or losing a document we've been working on for a long time.

OK, stipulated.

But how about the fact, demonstrated to me on average at least hourly and often with much greater frequency, that a computer allows for your remembering too late the thing you forgot to correct or add or delete, letting you quickly go back in and seamlessly fix it?

Just now, in a single post I thought I'd finished last evening, one that had been already up for hours, I went back and made about 10 changes — adding links, correcting misspellings, fixing grammar and choosing a better word or two, etc.

I remember back in the day when I'd have to retype a report from the beginning repeatedly because I kept finding mistakes that couldn't be corrected with a typewriter eraser.

The rage and frustration, the crumpled balls of paper scattered on the floor, what a nightmare of misery.

This is so much better.


A big thank–you to the anonymous joehead who had Panera's WiFi network unblock bookofjoe.

Last evening I went down to Panera with my PowerBook to bring up the "Blocked" screen and then email them that bookofjoe is family–friendly, G–rated, Disney–approved — you know, the whole nine yards of goodness — but found, to my surprise, that it's already been taken care of.

Sometime between last Saturday, when I remarked on it, and last night would be when the firewall came down.

I also tried Enoch Choi's nice hack that lets you access blocked sites: it works.

My readers are the BEST.

January 27, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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love the BoJ v2 family–friendly, G–rated, Disney–approved nine yards of goodness! But i'm glad you kept the separated-at-birth model transformation photo sets, they're fun...

Posted by: enoch choi | Jan 27, 2006 5:27:51 PM

Fixing grammer? Is that Kelsey, or your Mom or Dad's Mom? And what did they do? Aw, it ain't none ofmy buisness nohow.

Posted by: Flutist | Jan 27, 2006 3:36:25 PM

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