I described a recent set of circumstances in my work as being in computer purgatory. I’m not a Catholic so I have only a passing understanding of their definition of purgatory, I thought I was in it. I was not irretrievably gone to hell with no recovery plan …
I was in mid-mess.
And it got the thinking how the world used to have such different problems, and we were so mired in our daily pursuits that we didn’t have time to research everything, solve complex problems quickly or to disrupt the universe … because in the pre-disruption world we had to make time and invest time to do things we now do in moments.
Before Google, if we wanted to know something we had two choice: Encyclopedia Britannica (hard copy if you owned a set) or, if you couldn’t find it in dictionary, thesaurus or in your home encyclopedia, you went to the library. Who had the time? Really, think about it, every time you were curious about anything, those were the options. Some people just got 20 yrs. of education, but really, who has time for that anymore? I just type a few words into my search engine and I have gargantuan results immediately, and a 1-800# to call. And I call, get the information I need and within a few hours multiple problems are solved, new gear is being made and shipped and solutions are at hand …
I’ll be out of purgatory soon. It will be so sweet. Computer guru Warren tells me I’ll have more horsepower than I might imagine ever needing – times two. Desktop and mobile laptop are both going to be state of the art redundancy and the old desktop plus the external hard drive will provide double-redundancy. And speed, oh-my … faster, better, quiet and so comprehensive.
And I know what will happen with my computer equivalents of Ferraris sooner than I can blink; I’ll start thinking of them as slow because there will be something not as quick as I would like or something I cannot do. And I’ll whine. But not for a while.
Yes, I feel I’ve left purgatory now – surfacing back in the real world. Cool. Very cool.