August 11, 2007
I’ve been watching old dvds of Seinfeld as I do my treadmill exercise, a show said to be “about nothing.” Actually, it’s a show about “Life’s a bitch, and then you die.”
The zero series in my blog are blogs about nothing.
Over the last few years the operating system on my computer deteriorated to the point that it was working without working. Recently, I had the operating system re-installed. This will last for six months, at which time I will buy a new computer.
When I restarted the computer after its rebirth, I found it would not talk to the printer, or the printer would not listen to the computer. I could not find my original printer driver disk, so I downloaded a printer driver from the Internet.
The installation did not go correctly. Nevertheless, I am a believer in the principle, If it says it won’t succeed, use it anyway just to prove it won’t work.
I printed a test page. The printer produced one page and then refused to talk any more. The page said (this is true–I am not making this up):
Unsupported Personality: Unknown
It is bad enough when computers fail to work. Producing devastating personal criticism identifying me as a nullity/nonentity is defininitely above and beyond the call of evil duty.
As computers become more sophisticated, they will begin to partake of sentience and consciousness. While they are still being manufactured by humans (instead of other computers) we should begin to design into them circuits that can experience pain. Each computer should have a button added that says, Hurt Me, for the user to press when the computer irritates. The sound card would then produce satisfying screams, moans, and pleas for mercy.