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    Default Why are computers so complicated?

    This one (Compaq laptop running Windows seven) has been wonky, so I go into the diagnostic/repair sections to see what I can see. Gawd. The words are in English, I guess, but it's mostly jargon. So I muddle through some of that, feeling like a blind man in a dark cave. I finally threw up my hands and said ENOUGH!

    Funny thing, it does seem to be running a bit better. I just wish I knew why. I have no idea.
    So many questions, so little time.

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    I find it useful to write down on paper the step by step instructions separated by>. Before I click onto the next page

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    Long ago and far away ( Millington TN 1980) a young sailor was being grilled by an "academic board" at the advanced aviation electronics school, known as AFTA (A1). Seems like the young petty officer was passing his tests, but seemed to always be possibly under the influence of some controlled substance or other and cheating on weekly tests was suspected.

    "Lad, explain computer theory to this board." Demanded the Senior Chief.

    Student. "Computers is big boxes of switches and theys on or theys off, Senior Chief".

    Gunnery Sgt " I think he's got a grip on it".

    Master Chief "Go back to class son".

    The above story is fictional and any resemblance to actual persons living or dead or actual events is purely unintentional.

    Moral of this story: Computers may appear complicated but at their core they count forwards and count backwards using switches that are on or off. This process can be hellishly complicated to ponder and manipulate, but at their very core, computers are very simple machines. Otherwise it's mostly a word game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perldog007 View Post
    Moral of this story: Computers may appear complicated but at their core they count forwards and count backwards using switches that are on or off. This process can be hellishly complicated to ponder and manipulate, but at their very core, computers are very simple machines. Otherwise it's mostly a word game.
    It's true. To illustrate, make up signs that say ON on one side and OFF on the other, give them to two billion friends, and you can step through the system. Known as debugging.

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    I'm pretty sure the chief noticed that the switches were "open" or "closed"
    Obviously it's, "back to school"

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    Modern computers are complicated because of the internet.

    See, the internet is a series of tubes. These tubes have various pressures, regulated by a bunch of valves and stuff, and for your computer to avoid having it's guts sucked down the tubes, it needs complicated tethering systems.

    When too many people in Japan download porn at the same time, it creates a vacuum in the American part of the internet. The pressure of that vacuum will sometimes break a couple of the tethers, and suck some of your computers guts down the internet tubes. They can be pulled back in by vacuuming your keyboard.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Why are computers so complicated?

    It's really simple, just 0's and 1's


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    Quote Originally Posted by perldog007 View Post
    ...at their core they count forwards and count backwards using switches that are on or off. This process can be hellishly complicated to ponder and manipulate, but at their very core, computers are very simple machines. Otherwise it's mostly a word game.
    qft though instead of word game, you could say it's like a government bureaucracy that works at light speed. but if one switch is missed, speed to accomplish human tasks still == 0.

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    Default Re: Why are computers so complicated?

    If they weren't complicated, they'd be BilgeRats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishmael View Post
    Why are computers so complicated?
    They might be complicated but they are easier and simpler to use than they have ever been before. I think you are a good example of a user that should have an Apple computer. You don't want to know how it works. You don't want to do lots of system maintenance. Next time, get a mac.



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    I remember my Grandma not allowing any of us grandchildren to turn the TV on and off as the switch could break and only Grandfather could handle this task.

    Grandfather and Uncle Frankie would spend hours adjusting the color.

    Although silly i approached the computer with the same sort of apprehension.

    Then my Son{my puter teck} showed me just press anything as much as you want it will not break and thats how you learn..

    He has 6 computers all taken apart and put back as needed.

    Once my computer was filled with pop up ads and slow, He has a box that he puts in all the info to be saved and wipes out the computer then puts back in the right stuff..

    I write down a Q or 2 about the Computer and when he stops by to borrow a tool or something i make him teach me ..

    I just found out i can play DVDs in the computer only i do not have any sept the ones the 2 gals that are my neighbor's gave me.

    Seattle mens chorus is a bit embarrassing though...

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    Default Re: Why are computers so complicated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I'm pretty sure the chief noticed that the switches were "open" or "closed"
    Obviously it's, "back to school"
    Read it again, the gunny gave the nod, it would be a lack of professional courtesy for the SC to step on those toes. The aviation community is a bit different than the traditional Navy/USMC rivalry....

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