I was just realizing a couple of things about computers. firstly, there used to be such a huge distinction between Macs and PCs - you had to choose, and then accept the limitations of that platform. PCs had much crucial software that Macs didn't have. on the other hand, they were basically DOS masquerading as Mac OS, and were inherently buggy and insecure as a result. Mac hardware was also much different, discouraging cross-platform development. now the OS of both platforms perform in a much more comparable way, there are plenty of great applications no matter what you run, and the hardware is almost interchangeable. I call this progress.
secondly, I was thinking about how they have changed life (specifically via the internet) in a positive and breathtaking way. I basically have a continually updated encyclopedia at my fingertips - all it takes is knowing how to search for things and discriminate between good and bad information. I also love how it has diminished the barriers between countries - I communicate every day with people from all over the world, I can listen to music made all over the world, and that music is increasingly influenced by multinational sources (someone referred to it as "post-national" music, which I like). I can read the news, check the weather, read my mail, and read up on my interests, and listen to new tunes from the 1000 or so artists I follow on myspace in one sitting. in the 1980s this was a much more complicated process, or not possible at all. when I was growing up, finding new music was difficult to impossible, depending on who and where it was made. finding information was incomparably difficult. I love books (and they are also much easier to find), but having to trudge down to the library to look up something? anyone remember that?
ok, let's see how many arguments people can scare up! I swear, there are people you could put on a tropical island with a billion dollars, and they would still find things to b***h and disagree about.
life is GOOD. deal with it.