A computer fights the end

It’s almost like it knows.

I’m not sure how it knows, because while it was built to do many things, I’m pretty sure understanding the passage of time and how the end comes for all of us wasn’t one of them.

But I’m starting to think it knows about the whispers (which are less whispers and more open conversation) about how maybe, depending on what happens, it could be replaced.

“The truth was, though, I really was old or just not as young as everyone around me. I was slower than my peers. There were new technologies I didn’t understand. I was probably too desperate for approval, and then resentful of that desperation. Age is just a number and one day you run out of them.”

“One Day You Will Be Obsolete,” John DeVore

It can still do all the things it used to do: word processing, working on the Internet, streaming, uploading music and so on.

It’s just that it’s old, and being old means being slower … sometimes a lot slower. Which is why it doesn’t do many of those things anymore, its tasks — unless there are no other good options — done by newer, faster, smaller, more-mobile devices.

That it has outlasted all those devices matters not. When those devices reach the end, they’re important enough that they get replaced as soon as possible.

When the printer on the other side of the room spits out a document, the order likely came from another part of the house. Unless it’s one where I have to worry about lighting and background, I take Zoom meetings on its very desk … but I move the keyboard out of the way to make room for my iPad.

However, above the printer, between the travel books and the wedding photo, may live at least a partial salvation. For there’s one thing it can do that the iPads, the iPhones, the Apple TV devices can’t do.

It can play DVDs.

More importantly, it can play DVDs from any region, which is important because while we have lots of DVDs, the ones on the shelf between the travel books and the wedding photo are British.

Yet while the ability to play British train-travel DVDs (and any others we watch) could let it maintain some of its dignity, it will only be some. Only part of it would make the move, and it would be the truest sign that its best days, and even its second-best days, are gone.

It’s almost like it knows all of this.

Because recently, it has been working faster.


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