They say when you can’t do what you want, do what you’re good at. And there’s always a bright future in computer maintenance. It’s kind of like this:
I want to be a mediator, but it’s slow starting, so I’m back to computer work. No, I’m not giving up the mediation, but working in a law office for low wages is driving me insane and eating my soul, so I’m thinking about a change in secondary careers. Interestingly, Phaedrus (the philosopher) became the technical writer Pirsig (working on computers at the time he wrote Zen & The Art…)
Anyway, I was just thinking (again) today about all my friends who ended up doing computer work. My friend Marty, a musician, got a PhD in computer science. Her brother, Otto, my college roommate, studied philosophy at the Universities of Chicago and Minnesota, and became a programmer. I have a friend, David, an avid cyclist who works designing web pages.
And here I am, mediator, ex-law student, ex-sociologist. And, of course, ex-software engineer. 😉
I first started playing with computers when I was in Junior High, some time in the early 1970s. Got my first machine in 1984. Became a computer professional around 20 years ago. And here I am again!
What amazes me is how little effort, in the past 40 years, people have invested in learning to use computers rather than to be used by computers. In a very real way, we have become prisoners of our own devices.
We now return you to your irregularly scheduled Chautauqua.