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Computers: Friend or Foe


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Ya know it’s been said that to err is human, but that to really mess up requires a computer. I’ve recently decided this statement is the absolute truth! One of my responsibilities is to gather and record the sound being considered for use in awards competitions.

Following the shootings at Trolley Square, there were several newscast and reports that we are considering for various radio competitions. So, in early April, I began recording the reports and newscasts from our archives. Because of how much time we devoted to coverage of the shootings, the recording and logging process took me about 15 hours.

After several days, I was finally done. In all, I had recorded and logged somewhere around 5 hours of audio. I left the logs for those recordings in a data base we use, and really didn’t think much more about them – until this past Tuesday. That’s when Sheryl Worsley, our News Director ask me to pull the reports on the Trolley Square Shooting Indictments. As I began looking into the data base where the logs for all my previous recordings were supposed to be, I discovered the data base was EMPTY!

15 hours of work down the drain! Now, I’ll have to spend another 4 or 5 hours reviewing the audio I recorded, and logging it’s contents. Simply because to err is human, but my real mess up required a COMPUTER! I guess it just proves another old computer adage; Save your work – and SAVE OFTEN!

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Don Brinkerhoff

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