Monday, September 25, 2006

The Job of a COmputer

You have to love computers, even if they don't love you.

The Job of a Computer

The job of a computer is to compute,
to add, to divide to subtract and multiply.
The job of a computer is to find “x”,
to find “y”, to process pi.
The job of a computer is to aid a teacher,
to entertain a student, to inform the parent.
The job of a computer is to surf,
to drive, to ride.
The job of a computer is to collect dust,
to be my coaster, to be obsolete five minutes after purchase.
The job of a computer is to catch a virus,
misplace files, to freeze and lock up with a gray rectangle
“illegal operation two-forty-three.”
The job of a computer is to break two days after warranty has expired,
to overheat, to crash,
to have its monitor flicker and fade,
and its keyboard crack.
The job of a computer is to be picked up,
to be thrown from a nine-story window,
to fly like a rock, to crash on the ground.
Ahh . . . that feels better.

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