The Norman Transcript


April 26, 2013

You need another computer

NORMAN — I do not trust computers.

Let me rephrase that; I trust computers, but only to do one thing: fail. Computers of all types, whether desktop, laptop, iPhone, tablet, PC, Mac, Android, iPad, cellphone or TV (yes, Virginia, most modern televisions are computers), are imperfect devices, built by imperfect people in an imperfect world, and they all, somehow, some day, some way, will fail.

Another seemingly immutable law of the universe is that computers always fail at the wrong time; that is, they fail right as we are trying to get something done.

This makes sense, as we never use our computers unless we are trying to do something, and that is when they fail. Right as you are trying to send an important email, or finish a tax return, or print your homework, or process the company payroll, or watch that funny YouTube video, that's when your computer will roll over and give up.

When the inevitable happens, and your computer lets you down, what will you do? Will you have to close the doors of your business until your computer is fixed? Will you have to beg for more time to turn in your homework? Will you have to tell the IRS that your computer ate your tax return?

The solution to these problems is simple: you need another computer. As dependent as we are in this day and age on computers and our connection to the Internet, it makes sense to own at least two computers.

When one computer goes down, you simply fire up another one and get back to work. If you value your time and your ability to interface with the rest of the world, you need another computer to use while your "main" computer is being repaired.

I know some folks will ignore this advice, because they will think, "Oh, I'll just take my computer to Dave and he'll fix it lickity-split, no problem." I'm fast at what I do, but what if it can't be fixed "lickity-split?"

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • CryoTherapy.JPG Cryotherapy puts the freeze on pain

    Cryotherapy has come to Norman. Whole body cryogenic physical therapy has been used in Asia and Europe for years, but this alternative approach to pain relief and athletic performance is just now making an appearance in the U.S. “This was ...

    March 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Norman use tax takes a hit while Moore sales tax flounders

    Norman use tax took a hit this month while Moore’s sales tax floundered for the first time since sales picked up in the post-tornado recovery period. For the city of Norman, however, sales tax collections are a bright spot on the revenue ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Nextep moves back to Dillard Building, but this time with much larger presence

    In 1997, entrepreneur Brian Fayak was just getting Nextep Inc., a professional employer service, started. Fayak had been working out of his sister’s house in west Norman and was delighted when the opportunity came to rent an executive ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spotlight

    Chiropractic award Megan Borne, a chiropractic assistant at Sparks Clinic of Chiropractic in Norman, was recently awarded the title of C.A. counselor with the Pinnacle Chiropractic Management Group. She will assist other chiropractic ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Primrose presents Leadership class grads

    On Tuesday, the Norman Chamber of Commerce graduated both Leadership Norman and Tomorrow’s Leaders. Over the past several months, participants attended interactive sessions covering a variety of topics including communication, education, ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Business and restaurant survey online now

    The city of Norman is seeking input from its residents about retail shopping and restaurant opportunities that they would like to see locate to Norman. On Thursday, the city published a link to an online retail and restaurant survey on ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Norman Nation

    In 1964, when my father was a University of Oklahoma student, he and my mother were in desperation car shopping mode because their vehicle had just died. As the story has been told for nearly 50 years, the Ford dealership had not opened ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spring cleaning: Time to change passwords again

    Are you in the habit of regularly changing the passwords for your online accounts? You should be — changing passwords regularly is a required part of every wise Internet user’s safety routine....

    April 13, 2014

  • Regional partnerships build prosperity

    Job creators shop for sites, regional marketing professionals told Norman’s Economic Development Advisory Board on Thursday. That makes selling the central Oklahoma region with its diversity of site options and amenities a business savvy ...

    April 6, 2014

  • Greening up the urban hardscape

    Native plantings, wildlife habitat and rippling waters aren’t just descriptors of a country life anymore. In Norman, green infrastructure practices are bringing the beauty of nature to the urban setting but repurposed to do the work that ...

    April 6, 2014