Thursday, July 9, 2015

Armageddon For Real?

Well, maybe it's not that bad, but it sure is scary.
Yesterday, United Airlines was affected by a computer glitch that caused numerous flight delays at airports all across America and in some of its foreign hubs.  Then another computer glitch hit the New York Stock Exchange while another took down the Wall Street Journal's Web site.  
Perhaps the latter two computer glitches were poetic justice a bunch of riverboat gamblers in three-piece suits who play with other people's money and for a pro-business, anti-progressive newspaper.  But all of these high-profile computer failures show how foolhardy it is to rely on technology so much.  A lot of us have tried to avoid technology where we can, but usually we're pretty much forced to accept it.  I didn't ask for power windows in my car, but they came with it, and I got the base package.  Meanwhile, we try to use computers to meet and reach out to people through social media.  Facebook is a good tool for meeting people online.  Trying to get together with these same people in person . . .well, that's not so easy.  Mainly because so many of us are online all the time.  Maybe these recent computer problems at United and on Wall Street should make us reconsider the old-fashioned ways of doing things.
Speaking of Armageddon . . . did I happen to mention the increased risk of severe thunderstorms for northern New Jersey today? :-O 

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