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All In A Chip

In my lifetime, all I have known was computer access for everything, and it is upgrading as soon as I finally learn the latest program or software.  I know I am not the only one, but without upgrading and all the parameters needed in order to have access can be frustrating.  So what is the bait and why do I keep learning systems that take forever without instruction from the manufacturer.  It's the same trap we all get into.  When you have invested time, money, and effort into something, you don't give it up as easily.  (Same should be said of our relationship with so many facets)

The other day I was on my phone and talking to a friend about meeting at an Italian restaurant for dinner.  All of a sudden all kinds of ads, events, coupons, and maps popped up on my screen about the best places to eat around 5 miles close to where I was.  Then the suggestion was specific to Italian food of what we were talking about.  I wasn't looking at any of that information before.   Creepy.

My computer programming studies started when I was in the eighth grade with Pascal, C.O.B.A.L, B.A.S.I.C., and D.O.S. on a computer that was the size of a desk and monochrome. To this day, Syntex Error still rattles my nerve or system processing may take a while. While I was in college in 1990's we were finally able to utilize Windows. Still, it was a slow, monochrome black screen with green letters, no selection for fonts, underline, or bold letters. Your safety net was to have the right toggle key cheat sheet. Oh, and who can remember the irritating sound of Modems connecting when we finally had the internet? Many innovations have made computers smaller, affordable, and easier to use. Now, most families carry a phone or two that have the same capabilities. Thank goodness...maybe.

When I was learning about the Super Computer System, our textbook mentioned it was located in Germany. The pictures were old and I remembered the name for it was the B.E.A.S.T.  I did not have religion, I was merely in a computer class learning with all my other classmates. I was appalled to hear many disqualify that anything like that exists, even today. The most common argument: There are chips smaller than the Super Computer known as the B.E.A.S.T. that can do so much more. That is creepier than the B.E.A.S.T. itself whether the machine exists or not. We do know that chips do exist.