All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


So Don't Buy One

I'm not the most computer savvy guy. My list of techno accomplishments is short. I once could program a Commodore 64 to run the same word over and over again on the screen. I remember when the internet was free. All you did was have your modem dial into a university server. This was tougher than you think. You actually had to type the phone number into the computer each time. The computer didn't automatically remember it. There was no "connect icon". Continuously connected high speed did not exist. There was nothing high-speed. You asked for your file and you waited for it to download. If you were in a hurry, you called the person up and asked them to mail you the file. Sometimes the post office got it to you first. There was no Google then. AOL hadn't started yet either. You had to have some idea of the address of the files you wanted to get. Al Gore saved us from all that when he reivented the internet to become the ultra efficient porn portal that it is today.

Back in the day, the internet was the domain of the geeks. Fortunately for me I was friends with a couple of nerds. They got me interested in computers and I got my hands on a 80386. While I went the 386 route (like most of the world), everyone who "knew" anything about computers would tell you that apple was better. I don't even pretend to know the difference and I haven't cared to figure it out but the geeks said it, so it must be true. Apple is better. But now they won't fix your computer if you do things they disprove of, like smoking. I couldn't believe this story. If your computers sell a distance second to those running Microsoft you might not want to give people yet another reason to avoid buying them.

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