A bonny day so fr, even if Sol is not yet visible from ground level here in Greater Metropolitan Arab. My browser tells me it is 54 degF and my aft porch wireless thermometer is in close agreement. I was thus able to venture forth to the park for my morning constitutional. And a nice thing it was despite the moral loading of disturbing the resident felines, a thing totally alien to the personality of capitalist/fascist Alibam. This bothers me, more now than in my youth, but I do have to excuse myself in that it is a bit more survivable in Nawth Alibam where the iron glove is cloaked in Army green and hidden by NASA propaganda.
Also, having observed the iron hand in other states, some supposedly more human and supporting, I find that sometimes studied indifference is better than intrusive nit picking. It seems that it is in the nature of government, being an organization, to put its own well being ahead of its members’. And as atomic theory tells us, the proof is in the raisins.
I was amused yesterday to run across this cartoon: [Link]
and appreciate the anthropology humor. No doubt comes of dragging battery water about through caves while an undergraduate. I muttered over the memory this morning while egging on the yelps of pain in my periodically capsulated shoulder.
This led me to consider the various periods of humans. The connection, for me at least, is to the stone ages: neolithic; mesolithic; and paleolithic;followed by the metallic ages, and what is now the mesotechnic, I should imagine. Although from observation, it is perhaps the postphyte? Or is that humor too much for a punday?
And I have to make note of an article [Link] inquiring about the death of MegaHard. One of the noteworthy things here is that this is not the usual run of contemporary journalism and definitely not a MegaHard puppetry. This gave me occasion to reflect on the nature of computing. Yes, the desktop/laptop has been overblown. The PDA craze was premature, lacking adequate wireless and network – the two are different and we forget at our risk! – connectivity. But we have to keep in mind that entertainment, to use an energy analogy, is control rods not fuel rods. Yes, there are lots of things that can be done, and more easily, on a slab, whether telephonic or lithic. But there are other things, some of which have actual instead of just social necessity, that are better done at a desk or lab bench. That’s why tables still exist all this time after Plato (and the tiring academic example of table as a Platonic form.) I may want to monitor the instrumentation of my experiment via a tablet, but I certainly don’t want to be storing the data on a hard drive slaved to that tablet. Oh, my aching shoulder.
We also tend to forget that all this infosplosion, whether real data or just selfies in one form or another, increases the demands on servers. And the best user OS have always been based on server OS, at least to my experience. Or is it just that the tool kit is that much better. Certainly it is in the MegaHard environment.
On which note, is MegaHard going to die? Yes, but not for the usual list of suspects. It will likely die from heat death. Its products will cease to be new tools and just be old tools and the brightest and best won’t want (a poor Agnewism but it is punday) to work there any more and the organizational intelligence gestalt will pass through a cusp and suddenly the organization will be stupid and dull and slime moldish.
What we can learn from this is that the electronics revolution has pretty well run its course. Yes, it has been the darling of civilization since the early part of century 20 when we first got radio and flash lights and such but the days of being the darling are about over. Computers are fast becoming what cars were in the sixties. They may all get electric windows but we’ll never quite get to the flying car. That won;t mean there won’t be a big industry and a big piece of defining civilization but it won’t be the thing of glitter and lights and nocturnal emissions.
In closing, I offer one last bit of challenge: consider why the pickup truck is so popular and so little used for its intended function?