Monday, June 16, 2008

Rise and Shine

Good Morning, Delaware County!

OK, I'm starting to think technology is going to take over the world.
Remember the 'Terminator' movies where machines became stronger than man and tried to eliminate all humans. Sure, it was dumb science fiction filled with lots of holes, but...
It's not like it's bad enough we are paying more than $4 for a gallon of gas. Now, cars are breaking down. I've seen more cars on the side of the road with the hood up this year than in more I can remember.
Two weeks ago, a hose burst in the van, sending engine coolant all over the place. Got that fixed quick and drove around for a little bit.
Then the starter went. Great, need to get that fixed.
Now, the breaks are rubbing. It's like you can never win.
Heck, you can't even change the bag in a vacuum cleaner without having the right tools. Or how about that DVD player that just decides one day it won't play any more movies. Great, now it's time to got to Best Buy. Well, at least somebody in the house is sweet enough to make the trip.
Anybody who tried to log on on to last Friday might have felt the same way.
The system, which was shut down for maintenance very early Friday morning was supposed to be back working by 4 a.m.
At 5 a.m., it was obvious that deadline was going to be missed. By 6 a.m., having seen enough server failures over the last few months, it became obvious this was going to be a day-long battle. By 10 a.m., the updates said 'IT was working on it.' The same message came through at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Noon ... and on and on.
We were finally back on line in the early evening, but none of Friday's news could be posted. It appears to be fine today and most of Friday's stories are posted in hour headline lists. So, if you want to read a story, it does appear on the site.
Everything back to normal? Well, when technology takes over, that's a relative term.
Much like British comedy:

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