Watson dominates! That was the news coming out of Jeopardy’s match of Watson, IBM’s super computer, and two of Jeopardy’s all-time champion contestants. It was man verses machine and the machine won. I suppose that we all figured the day would come, but I’m disappointed that it has arrived. At least it will be awhile before a computer competes on Wipeout. But there is one area where humanity outshines computers – longevity. Today’s computer will be found in tomorrow’s trash. Oh yeah – here’s another: you and I are created in the image of God. No computer can claim that! Because of this, long after every computer and machine has perished, we will continue to exist somewhere: eternal life or the second death. This is Just-a-minute with Ed Boggess
Today’s nudge reminded me of a funny “what if” I received some time back (several years ago, in fact, as is evidenced by # 4’s reference to Windows 95/NT). As far as I know, it is for humor only & did not actually happen. And, for the record, I am not a Mac guy myself (sorry Randal), but I did have to laugh at this. Perhaps I can sit down & write a Mac version of this sometime, just for Randal!
General Motors vs. Microsoft
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated “If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 miles to the gallon.”
In response to Mr. Gates’ comments, General Motors issued the following press release (by Mr. Welch himself, the GM CEO) “If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics: Continue reading
One day last week we had a storm in these parts. The storm did nothing to hurt my computer, but the internet ethernet cable was another things. Consequently, my internet capability went down for a bit. I had a “suitable sub” approach, but in the end, a new toy was purchased.
The new toy is a HP all-in-one. I like it, but still learning it. This weekend will see me play with this and work around the house. A quiet weekend for a dull, boring guy.
In case of an emergency with our car, we call a repair shop, about two miles from where we live. If the car is unable to be driven to the repair shop, they’ll send a tow truck. As far as our computer, our son knows a good repair person who gives generous senior citizen discounts, plus he actually knows how to repair a computer. 🙂 For medical emergencies, we have 911.
The only news around area churches, is that a lot of folks are on vacation. Half of our small congregation have gone to Louisiana to visit family.
Community computer–it has worked well for us thus far. When we do have the occasional problem, my brother (who lives in Clinton also) is able to fix it promptly (he builds/repairs computers/laptops and is quite good at it).
The computer we have in our house is mainly for my use. My wife is not technology minded at all.
Just the minimum of being wired for me. I have a cell phone and a computer – that’s it! And I hate being tethered to a cell phone. However, it does come in handy during an emergency.
I would rather give up my computer because I need my car. I don’t have to have a computer. For me a computer is a luxury. As a matter of fact, after coming down with the Crud (best overall description of a two week illness) I found little interest in the computer. Therefore I have resolved to do less with it. I unsubscribed to a number of emails, have used it for Bible study, posting my blogs, using it for information searches, and have only been on Facebook to check on one persons status. This is one of the few nudges I have responded to, altough I read all the postings here via email. My future participation my become sporadic. Can I do without my computer altogether, No. But I can sure be less active on it. It is a time robber.
I’d rather give up my computer. My car is a necessity to get to work and bring in some money to sustain my family, the computer is not a necessity.
For today’s nudge, imagine that you were forced to give up either your car or computer–which would you part with? In other words, which is more valuable to you and why?
I’ll be gone the next several hours but will weigh in later today. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and any news!