Computers = People (was: Dragaera and Shakespeare)

Mon Feb 24 12:02:05 PST 2003

On Mon, 24 Feb 2003, Steve Simmons wrote:

@> > Really?
@> > 
@> > Speaking as someone who's worked with computers for many years, I have to
@> > say that I spend quite a bit of time and energy criticizing them.
@>   [[ comments about anthropomorphizing computers elided ]]
@> My wife has always been fascinating by one of my standard comments when
@> working on a computer with a problem: "You lieing sack of shit."

I tend to jolly them along, instead.

"I know you don't like Word. I don't like it, either. But we both have to
work with it, so you might as well just play along. Come on, there might
be a new ethernet card in it for you."

It's only when they crash for no reason or otherwise prove unendurably 
obstinate that I pull out the swear words. After all, you've got to show
the things who's bo!@_49)(($#