April 19, 2011

Time moves on

Filed under: humor — unwriter1 @ 8:38 am
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Time Dilation

I can understand Pailwriters point of view with regards to windows. But it does bring a few things to mind. Last and most certainly least are handles. Pail Writer? I can picture stories in the Farmers Gazette about the variety of milk pails, but I don’t think the reference is write. Unwriter is just as bad. Just think of the uncola, anything to be different.

The more important bits that hit my mind (I’m thickheaded so it takes a hammer to knock new ideas in), is high speed development. Since Pailwriter doesn’t use windows, then does he use portholes or does he live in a glass house? That is what many would think when they read a statement like that. Others may think of a security blanket (Peanuts). The fact of the matter is that Linux is a very secure operating system. Another version of this is mandrake (must be magic (Oh wait, I’m showing my years)). Another solid operating system is Mac. So why is the Windows OS (Operating System) so popular? In my opinion it’s the size and advertising budget of Microsoft and a strong influence by Advil (Windows can be a real headache).

The Windows operating system is upgraded every couple of years. Every computer is out of date before it leaves the factory. I guess they call it progress. To put it in a slightly different perspective, Farmers didn’t upgrade their horses every other year. The plow stayed pretty much the same for centuries. In fact, everything stayed the same for years. Then some fool idiot or group of idiots started the machine age. Now everything was made faster but it was also made obsolete faster. Every other decade there would be a new plow. But, the horse stayed the same. That is, until someone learned to ‘harness’ their power and put a bunch of them in one object called a motor. Now technology whizzed right along. Every decade or so plows changed and even the method of pulling that plow got better. The tractor was invented.

But, in the twentieth century, somebody got a bright idea. Actually it was an electrifying idea. At this point, using a few lightbulbs, the tractors could be built day and night. Put lights on the tractor and the tomato field could be planted day or night. Everything is speeding up. A doctor in the nineteen teens said the human body couldn’t take speeds over twenty five miles per hour. Hmmm., the astronauts were going better than 18,000 miles per hour and they were going straight up! What would that doctor think?

Aristotle tried to discover the smallest thing possible. He divided by two until he arrived at something he could not divide and this he named atom. By the middle of the twentieth century, even this was divided. It was a rather explosive idea. Scientists had also discovered many different types of atoms and these were then named elements. So let’s throw these three ideas into our mixmaster and see what we get. A batter made with lightbulbs, electricity and some different elements gives us many things. Our first batch gives us television and radio.  Add a few more years and we get a field called electronics and that gave us computers.

As you may have noticed, Once we hit the technology age, change happens much quicker. We are now at a point where we are using what we can’t see to move us along at speeds we can’t calculate. The horse and plow has moved aside and high speed change has moved in. I guess that explains why we have to get a new version of windows every other week. At the rate it’s going, we’ll have to upgrade yesterday to get what is invented tomorrow or be forever stuck behind the horse and plow.



  1. Interesting muse. Love that last sentence/thought sequence, lol. But, “Pail writer”? My first thought/memory was of my Grandma telling me stories of back in her day as a farm kid – before lots of rural homes had flush toilets, you had a “Thundermug” in the corner of the bedroom. Case you had a bio-break emergency and couldn’t (or didn’t want) to make it to the outhouse, you’d just squat over the bucket and let ‘er rip!

    Comment by theoldsilly — April 19, 2011 @ 8:54 am | Reply

  2. Nice article. I miss the older slower days sitting on the porch eating watermelon on a hot summer day with family and friends then go swimming in the local creek to wash off all the sticky stuff from the watermelon.
    I remember the days when we ploughed the fields with tractors that had no cabs. It was hot and dirty, but it was a good life, simple and pure. Honesty was a thing we strived for.

    Comment by Aubrey Love — April 19, 2011 @ 9:56 am | Reply

  3. Good article, Ron! There must be a paying market for that somewhere.


    Comment by Cathy — April 19, 2011 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  4. I would love to see a Mac on sale at Wal Mart for a couple hundred dollars. From what I get watching the news Paul Allen was the brain at Microsoft and Bill gates stole everything he could from competitors and captured the market.

    Comment by Jay Hudson — April 19, 2011 @ 10:51 am | Reply

  5. If Mac was that cheep, I would buy one.
    Yes, Bill Gates basically stole the whole Windows program back in the day. What has made MS so abundant is Bill Gates ability to market. Just as Michael Dell and Dell Computers, they don’t build the components of their computers, they assemble the products into a whole computer. Michael Dell is a great marketer just like Bill Gates, and that is the key reason for their success. If we had a Bill Gates or Michael Dell marketing Linux, it would be all over the place just as MS Windows is.

    Comment by Aubrey Love — April 19, 2011 @ 11:01 am | Reply

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