Being an Idiot is not Smart
I had a long telephone conversation recently with my best friend from High School (1950-1954). I was one of the persons responsible for his getting a computer a couple of years ago. I almost wish I hadn’t.
If you depend on a computer (as most of us do) you must know something about it. Otherwise, your computer is quickly taken over by God-knows-what.
Being computer-literate is not too hard – but it does take some work – and the determination to not be an idiot. To my amazement, this is what most people seem determined to be. Because this is what they are supposed to be.
I have another friend down here in Costa Rica, a young man, who works for a call center, providing technical support (in English) for a tablet sold by an American company. (This is not uncommon, since people are so much cheaper down here.) He hates his job (with a passion) because the people who call for support are so stupid.
What can I tell him? That he is stupid too – to not realize this?
I stay computer-literate partly by subscribing to various newsletters. Today I got this Understanding SOAP and REST Basics. This is excellent! But you have to be determined to not be an idiot.