"F" as in Frank

A flock of gizmos

The last few weeks have been a time of technical upgrades. Here at the paper we are shifting from Macs to personal computers. The new computers are fast and have some nifty software upgrades.

As with anything in life, there are transitions. For example, most of us at the Daily Sun are working with Mac and PC computers and keyboards side by side.

Sometimes as I switch from working on one keyboard to the next-one at the right and the other at the left hand-I feel like one of those musicians in a 1980s music video. You know, like those Flock of Seagull videos where the keyboardist is flanked by keyboards on all sides and seemingly plays them all at the same time.

At our church we're advancing in technology, with a new power point projector donated a few weeks ago. The first Sunday it worked perfectly. So last week I put all kinds of goodies into a power point presentation. When I fired up the projector for Sunday it wouldn't work. The poor Power Point machine displayed this unblinking message that it was looking for a signal, as if it was somehow lost.

I flashed back to the many school board meetings I have covered and how at most of them there's some group or another that has a power point presentation. Often they, too, have a lost power point machine looking for a signal.

I'm excited about the new technology, but as I flail away on my bank of keyboards at the office a part of me feels lost-like that power point-looking for a signal that the rush of gadgets and gizmos will at some point give us a break.

It's enough to make you go crazy. But I also stop and consider that these machines are here to work for us, to help us do what we do better. And when we are able to get them working in sync with us-or vice versa-the results can be pretty cool.

I think that's the best attitude to have when it comes to dealing with machines.

After all, running away certainly isn't an option.

Just ask those Flock of Seagulls fellows, "I ran so far away...couldn't get away."


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