BILL: I can't get my computer to work.
CSP: Just push this button you idiot.
BILL: Thanks! That works!
15 years ago the following happened:
BILL: My awk program did not compile and in trying to find the error
I found an example from the awk manual which did not compile.
CSP: Just use gawk instead of awk you idiot.
BILL: Thanks! That works! I don't think its idiotic to not know to use gawk.
5 years ago the following happened often:
BILL: My FILL-IN-SOFTWARE is not working, whats the problem?
CSP: We can find a work-around, but, by Rice's theorem, we can't find out what the problem really is.
Recently the following happened.
BILL: When I play a song on You-Tube I'm not getting sound.
CSP: That will take a few hours to fix. We need to INSERT TECHNO BABBLE.
When they were done sound worked, but many other things did not. And there were some things which I would call odd except that computers doing odd things is not odd. I fired up FIREFOX and a short time later OPEN OFFICE opened mysterious. There was a debate on this.
CSP1: I think FIREFOX is somehow linked to OPEN OFFICE.
CSP2: I think some weird combination of keys caused it.
BILL: Did I do something idiotic like accidentally click on some icon (this turned out to not be the case).
In the good old days computers were simpler. The staff would tell me I was an idiot and fix the problem! The staff now is 10 times better then they were then, 100 times more polite, but computers have gotten VDW(4,2) more complicated.
I miss being an idiot.