Machines just got workins’ and they talk to me

The post title is a quote from Firefly, by the young female ship’s mechanic, Kaylee. It’s exactly how I feel about computers.

A car, particularly the engine, is a complex system, just like a computer and its software. They have both evolved quite a bit from their origins, but they follow the same basic principles established when they were first invented.

This may come as a shock to some of you, but I am a computer guy. I do enjoy a bit of car repair, and I find that most of the systems in a car are not all that hard to comprehend. I wonder how many experienced car mechanics have a similar love and skill with computers (beyond playing games and surfing the internet).

An interesting realization:  In both cars and computers, sometimes the reason for a particular design choice is “Because that’s the way we’ve done it for the past 40 years.”

Categorized as general

By elyograg

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof. -- J.K. Galbraith

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