Friday, February 11, 2011
Does not Compute
And let's talk about the word "computer" for a minute - doesn't that even sound a little quaint now? It's too vague a term! If someone says, "I got a new computer today", most people are going to assume you mean a PC (because if you get a new computer that happens to be a Mac, you're probably going to say, "I got a new Mac today"). There are smartphones, iPod Touches, Nintendo DSes, Wiis - technically, they're all computers. But we'd never call them that, would we?
I think that shows just how much they've become a part of our lives. I am currently writing to you via my desktop - it's still my favorite way to use the Interwebs. I do own an iPod Touch but I find it to be cumbersome for all but the most perfunctory of tasks (like what time True Grit is playing tonight).
To show you how far we've come, just 18 short years ago I began my newspaper career. I had a computer at my desk but it still ran DOS. I can remember many instances when we'd be sent home because the mainframe was down and we couldn't run billing (I worked in the finance department). By the time I left just 3 1/2 years later, in late 1996, the newsroom was on the Internet (which they foolishly didn't think was going to be competition) and the graphics department made the switch from pasting ads with Velox and wax to going completely digital in their layout.
And yes, I LOVE using punch cards and paper in my artwork! It's really versatile. Here are a few examples: