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January 27, 2006

Why computers are more forgiving than the real world

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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.

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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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