lurkitty: (geektoaster)
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The Japanese have finally revealed a mystery for us.

How does the small arrow on your computer monitor work when you move the mouse? Now, through the miracle of high technology, we can see how it is done.
With the aid of a screen magnifying lens, the mechanism becomes apparent. Click on the link below and you will find out.
The image may take a minute or two to download and when it appears, slowly move your mouse over the light gray circle and you will see how the magic works.
Be sure to move your mouse once the picture comes up. Play around with it - move it a lot - then just a little - even hold it still for a few seconds.

Follow this link and find out the truth.


Oct. 2nd, 2005 01:35 pm
lurkitty: (Default)
The curmudgeons are at it again. They're complaining that the young folks are using technology they don't understand. I hear this a lot because I hang with a some very distinguished people, people who can build the computer on your desk from the resistors up and write all the code, assembly included. They have worked hard to get where they are, and deserve the credit for what they can do. But, please, I'll take this with a grain of salt.

I'll give you an example. They frown on my use of this Lj. "Why don't you learn HTML and write your own webpage if you want to blog?" is the comment I get. No one has a problem using my human language skills to translate in any one of a smattering of five languages; when asked, they admit that they haven't an "ear for language" themselves. I object that I have tried learning computer languages and the only one that ever made any sense was Pascal because of its faintly human syntax. It doesn't come easily for me. I'm a user, not a programmer. But that's not enough for the curmudgeons. If I am to use the technology, I have to be able to build it myself.

This reminds me of when I was in high school. Back in the Dark Ages, girls were not permitted to take Shop class and boys were not permitted to take Home Economics. Many girls, therefore, were not permitted by their parents ( read Fathers here) to get a drivers permit. Why? Because they couldn't change their own oil and gap their own spark plugs because they couldn't take Shop class.

I doubt my mother ever changed a spark plug. But I did. I changed my own oil and did tune ups on our first couple of cars. I don't now; our hybrid is too complicated and my time is too valuable. It is more economical for me to pay someone to change my oil than for me to do so. But the point is, I don't need to know how to take apart a car in order to drive it. The parents who forbade their daughters their permits were creating a less privileged class. To demand that only those who have an aptitude for programming and hardware use computers creates the same sort of classes.

We all stand on the shoulders of giants. As long as there are people who know how to make cars, the rest of us can go about driving them. As long as there are those people like my friends who can build the Internet, there are people like me who will use it.


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