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Learning to use them was very complex and tiresome. It seemed like a very hip and groovy idea at the time, but now those high-tech gizmos are utterly obsolete and worthless. If I leave them on the sidewalk outside my house, together with the software and the manuals, nobody will bother to bend over and pick them up. I moved house recently. This caused me to make a trip to the Austin city landfill. Austin has a very nice landfill actually, it’s manned by well-meaning Green Digital Delirium 27 enthusiasts who are working hard to recycle anything usable.
There have been several Hollywood movies that hinge on gallant Robin Hood hackers breaking into a system and finding out some terrible and important secret. The baddies try to grab them and shut them up, but in the last reel the hackers always blow the hidden information all over the network and it ends up in the New York Times or CNN. End of story. It’s a beautiful idea really, one of the central romantic myths of the Information Age. No one can shut up the heroic hacker dissidents, and the bad guys always crumble and scamper off like whipped dogs when the truth comes out.
Too bad! What, they might arrest me too? Ha ha ha! ” People who like computers are really smart. They’re bright, imaginative and inventive people. They also work hard, they are quick studies and they. tend to have quite a lot of money and to deploy it with gusto and relish. Despite these manifest virtues, these bright, inventive computer people are some of the worst organizers in the world. They can’t organize a bridge party without wanting to change the cards half-way for a colorful graphic-intensive Tarot deck.