Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

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Here it is late at night as I await my latest computer endeavour to be done. Sometimes it is fun “playing god” to a virtual world of bits and bytes. Programs in, programs out. Tweaking the file system in a whole new way. Having the power to wipe the slate clean as God did in the flood. Saving only the key data on a CD backup, just like God placed Noah and his family safely in the ark. Keeping the good and flushing the bad.

But the bad usually starts out as good. I can see why God would become so angry with a creation that did not live up to His expectations. You install a new program and expect a long lasting relationship that will be worthwhile for both involved. You will give your new program a home with plenty of system resources and all the .dll files it needs to live long and be happy. Your creation will serve you and work for you so that your creativity can be proclaimed by the works of your hands.

Only it never seems to go that way for long does it? The new program has you all tingly with great promise, and you are happy getting to know it, but then it starts acting up. First it is a little glitch here or there, then a button, menu, or a feature that just disappears or won’t work every time. Then files begin to go belly up and your beloved program just starts throwing stuff back in your face and treating you like you should be happy it is willing to do even this much for you.

And so it is that when the blue screen of death washes over your system, and all your hard work drowns in corrupted code and system-wide errors you are sad, but you know that it is not your fault. Your creation did it to itself. What else can you do but find your precious files and gather them up before it is too late. Break out the backup DVD, maybe tomorrow won’t be such a washout …


Author: kenmaher

When I'm not working I enjoy Astronomy, Camping, Comic Books, Epic Fantasy Novels, Games (both playing and designing), Hiking, Juggling, Sci-fi, and building strange things out of pvc pipe. I also enjoy being an honorary pre-schooler with my four great children ... much to their mother's dismay.

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