The world's going to hell in a hand basket. No, the world's going digital.
And no, it's not just me. Everyone and everything around me is complaining over the inability of the new technological revolution to serve them the way old analog models used to. My computer's freezing up or losing data more and more often. Is it the pop-ups, or just all the gremlins I'm inadvertently downloading in the background?
I was just about to buy into the whole HD-DVD movie wave when I read somewhere that the next way films were going to be delivered to customers was by download, over the internet.
You mean I won't be able to hold it in my hand? I guess that saves money for the people who don't have to manufacture DVDs anymore (and how much do those cost - 90 cents a piece or something?). I don't have much luck downloading stuff - the file freezes or gets cut off. At least with a DVD I know if I treat it right - keep my fingers off it after eating Kentucky Fried Chicken or don't use it as a coaster - it seems to play through to the end.
And with a VHS tape, when I insert it again, it starts right where I left off last week. Every time I rent out a DVD, it's a crapshoot as to whether or not it's going to play properly - they're so susceptible to scratches, and they don't just skip...or stutter. They freeze, the movie and the machine as well. This is progress?
Ma Bell's phones were the most indestructible things built by man, and there must be thousands of them still in garages and landfills around the world able to be plugged in and get a dial tone. Yet I put a magnet too close to my cell phone and it'll be rendered useless.
People used to put old pictures of their relatives into a shoebox and store it under the bed. You could pull it out years later and see that dress great aunt Eunid wore to the inaguration, or the Studebaker parked on the lawn of the old house on Crescent St. Only the Polaroids showed signs of fading.
But personally, I haven't held a picture in my hand in 8 years.
I look at them online now. A lot of my old pics are on my old computer - which is down in the basement, which crashed 3 years ago. I guess I really have to figure out how to get them off that drive that won't spin up anymore. No negatives, either; I uploaded them directly from my digital camera and I have no backup.
I have more pictures on this stack of zip discs here in the drawer. Too bad my zip drive fried when I spilled coffee on it last summer.
I used to know a guy who would recover data from old computers and give you a print-out. He used to do a great amount of business, but I haven't been in touch lately. I had his number in my Palm, but the software hasn't been updated and I can't access the number. Which would be handy, because all my old high school friends are also stuck in my Palm. I beamed them in at the last reunion.
If he calls me, I'll have to save his number into my cell.