The perversity of computers

Dorothea relates how she curses computers when they go wrong, because “they are conniving little sneaks looking for any excuse to savage me and my work”. However, she also suggests that that attitude isn’t common among constant computer users, which I’d say is pretty close to a hundred percent wrong — I’d imagine that pretty much every hacker I know sometimes feels that the damned thing is just conspiring against them; the little homunculi who live inside your computer and make it work are practically leaning out of the network port and laughing behind their hands as they screw up yet another command. Happens to me every single day. In fact, sometimes the little homunculi screw up my computers even when I’m not using them, which to my mind is proof positive that they exist.

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