Linked by Scott Cabana on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 20:18 UTC
Editorial A couple of days ago, I read an interesting article by Kevin Kostis about how complex computer systems are and how they have a long way to go. I have to partly agree with his assessment, however a lot of folks don't take the time to learn about there own investment.
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two separate points in the article
by Yamin on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 21:28 UTC

There's actually 2 separate points in the article. The one I agree with, the other I don't.

The first point is that the computer is a complex machine like the car and you should treat that way. You should learn to use it, and if you have to, pay people to service it...

The second point in the article is that we should learn and learn to maintain things on our own. A general social commenty is that that is.

No, I don't think we should this is needed. Sure an oil change is 10 minutes time, but I don't need to know it to drive my car. Don't you just love the car analogies ;) Similarly, if using Windows, you should learn to use the mouse, type, learn menus, email...You should NOT have to learn to remove spyware, install programs, install drivers, install new hardware, change themes, reformat...for these tasks, its perfectly okay to call Nerds on wheels or your friend down the road. Pay them accordingly ;)

Of course knowing how to do these things is going to save you money. It's going to allow you to use your computer much easier. Its probably going to result in a better maintained computer too. But then I wouldn't be getting any free lunches for just installed firefox or running adaware ;)

To the rest, get the extended gold warranty and bug your distributer!