I’m usually willing to jump in and try whatever new gadget or gismo or program we get here. We constantly go through what our IT guys call “upgrades” which I now believe is an oxymoron. Just this week we “upgraded” our audio system server. So now everything you here us play on the air is on the same server as our sister FM stations. Along with another “upgrade” on the software for the system, I’m told this is to make things easier and more convenient. When ever they tell you this, get ready for a crash bigger than Enron stock. I must admit that in the process of converting from the old server to the new server almost everything I had in my audio file made the mystery journey, “almost everything” being the key phrase here. A very important audio file disappeared into the ether. I know I should take some responsibility for not backing it up somewhere, but what the heck is it with “upgrades.” We “upgraded” our voice mail system recently and now it takes twice as many steps to accomplish the same thing as before. There are some new bells and whistles that are nice, but now the same button I used to push to advance to the end of the message is the one that now deletes it. So if you left a message and I haven’t called back, now you know why. Not long ago I ready an article by a scientist who theorizes that some day computers will be so advanced they’ll become sentient, or self-aware, and then take over. But as long as we keep making “upgrades” I don’t think we have much to worry about.
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