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Friday, October 7, 2011

Computers, TV and Control

Over the past few months I've been having computer problems. I had to replace my old computer and that resulted in having to reinstall several programs and solve other technical problems. So many times I've had to give permission for the tech or my son 3000 miles away to take over control of my computer.

Each time, I remember an episode of Criminal Minds where several women were murdered after (as the investigators eventually found out) working with a tech who had taken control of their computer. That does make me a tiny bit nervous.

Giving control of my computer also reminds me of that old TV series, The Outer Limits, where an unseen voice announces "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We can reduce the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits." It is a very strange feeling to be sitting there watching programs open and close while I do nothing.

Fortunately, after all this my computer is working beautifully. Thank you all.

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