in computing, it is what we call a “work-around.” when there is a bug in a program or system, and until it gets fixed you don’t sit around going “oh well!” you devise a “work-around.” you find a way to accomplish the same task or get something to function, even though it’s not programmed to work correctly. part of never quitting. part of seeing ways around a problem, rather than letting something stop any progress.
in life, there are many “work-arounds.” even if something isn’t programmed to work correctly, you find a way around problems and get done what needs to get done.
in computing, it is what we call a “clean install.” basically a clean install is inspired by the fact that so many factory-installs are so very dirty! PC manufacturers have it in their heads that more is better, so they load up systems with what is called “bogware” – an apt description of how so many of those “free!” programs only bog a system down. slow them until many users are ready to throw the entire computer away. but you don’t have to throw it away. you can start over with a clean install of a basic Windows system without any of that gunk.
it’s actually a very big problem, because most consumers don’t realize that their computer is fine! it’s what the computer is being asked to do. it’s all those added tasks that have left it slow and crippled.
in life, there is always the chance for a “clean install.” there is no problem with you, it is the amount of work or tasks that need to be done. life needs a do-over, to start again with a clean slate. let some things go, and realize they are just “bogware.” junk you don’t need anyway. when life centers around the basics, you can find more time to actually enjoy what is special.
in computing, it’s called an “I/O wait.” the processor is overloaded, or the hard disk is very full. and the screen can go dark for a bit, or the entire system freezes. it isn’t that the computer isn’t still working, it is just going through an “I/O wait.” some resources need to be freed up, before the computer can continue on with the program or function. you don’t necessarily need to throw it out or find a different computer. you can upgrade the system with a bigger or better hard drive. or reduce the workload.
in life, there are times when we go through an “I/O wait.” things that need to be done pile up, and we stall and tire under the load. we pause and reevaluate priorities, try to find better pathways. and even better goals. and we can even upgrade! get a new hip or a new knee. repair that bad tooth or consider a better diet or finding ways to get more sleep. your screen might go dark, life might freeze for a bit. but that isn’t the end of the world. it’s an “I/O wait” — and that means to have patience and let time itself help heal things for the better.
in computing, it is called “backwards compatibility.” unlike what the name suggests, the biggest task of “backwards compatibility” is to realize what cannot go forward, and to determine which programming pathways are dead ends. the attempt is made to make sure that your HP printer that works fine in Windows 7, will still work fine with Windows 10. but sometimes there is nothing they can do, because functions that certain programming relied upon are no longer there or out of date. despite this, many programmers work many hours, to frame new builds so that as many programs as possible can still function within an upgraded system. it is not a small thing. sort of the cross that Microsoft bears, because a company like Apple that manufactures both hardware and software, worries about “backwards compatibility” very little, if at all. they just start fresh with each incarnation.
in life, it’s better to incorporate some “backwards compatibility” when moving forward into something new. you start a new job, but don’t forget that it’s better to bring plenty of donuts to share, rather than just one for yourself. you go back to school, and remember that it takes two cups of coffee to keep you awake during a boring lecture. and sometimes things don’t work out in “the new build.” the joke you always told at the beginning of a speech, no longer makes anyone laugh! so you rewrite the joke. or you drop the need for a joke altogether. sometimes the more important task is to figure out the dead ends, and let it go.
in computing, it’s called a “user” and a “machine.” a computer without a person is simply a very expensive paperweight. in life, we have minds and we have souls. the “user” part of a being often knows less than the “machine” part. we should listen to our bodies, and respect what they can and can’t do. make allowances. find ways to complete goals through “work-arounds” and “clean installs” despite “I/O waits” and the possible need for “backwards compatibility.”
in life, like in computing — there are always ways to get what you want. it’s a matter of seeing it, and finding a way to get there. it’s a matter of understanding that wants are not the same thing as needs. and needs are not the same thing as hopes. ambition … goals. none of that matters. what matters is the growth. we all learn from point A to point B. it’s that difference. it’s the fact that you aren’t who you were yesterday, and tomorrow you won’t be who you are today.
and happy fathers day to all the fathers out there. congratulations on planting a sperm. and for those who have done more – and much more than just that …. thank you.