As each us of look at our lives, do we realize the importance of these electronic mechanisms we call computers? I shall now endeavor to elaborate upon how these mind tools have, and continue to affect me.
Every morning, I awake to the awkward squawking of my alarm clock. Much to my dismay, I groggily smack the ‘off’ button and crawl out of bed. My first encounter of the day has just occurred. That small black box that faithfully rouses me, is a simple microcomputer. If it were not for this device, many days I would arrive late to class.
During the process of dressing myself, I strap a watch to my wrist. This little timepiece is quite useful, reminding me of deadlines and appointments. Inside my watch, believe it or not, is yet
In my kitchen are several devices that are in some fashion controlled by computers. Moving on, I begin to prepare a meal. When this takes place, all of my outbound messages are sent to, and all of my incoming messages are downloaded off the server. The lists of occurrences that take place for me to be able to do this are much too complicated to explain now, so I will only briefly outline this process. I daily communicate with friends by the use of electronic mail. In nearly every activity that I attempt to accomplish, in some way I come into contact with an analytical engine. These work together to maintain an accurate clock, as well as an efficient food preparatory system. Yes, without these machines our society, as we know it today, could not exist. Still another event that requires the use of computers is checking e-mail. We would be lost without our computers. Other electronic communications, ICQ, AIM, and various chat services make it possible for me to contact those all over the world. This is accomplished in a matter of seconds. Another activity that I may do is listen to a compact disc.