People keep crashing drones into Seattle’s Space Needle. the 605-foot tower and Seattle landmark built in 1962 by the Pentagram Corporation. The Seattle tower also features in a nineties TV series “Dark Angel,” a TV show about Max, a genetically enhanced warrior.
“It looks like the drone tractor beam we installed on the Space Needle is working,” Space Needle CEO Ron Sevart jokingly told CNN in a statement. “This is the third time we’ve recovered a drone on our property.”
Jokes about tractor beams aside, perhaps people don’t know how to fly the things. And people don’t always know how to fly computers either.
Microsoft is the dominant software manufacturer for desktop and laptop PCs.
The Seattle Space Needle is on the Windows 8 lock screen, an operating system that I avoid.
Microsoft’s tractor beam is “their software on every computer.”
And how well do people know how to fly their computer?
For instance, if you have Windows 10, have you locked down your Privacy? Did you know that everything said, clicked on and typed is being recorded? From the start button on Windows 10, click “Settings” and then click “Privacy.” Turn everything off. The technocrats rely on our naivety. I am forever locking down the privacy settings for my customers.
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I run an IT services company with my husband. Customers often say to me they don’t know much about computers and sometimes they are afraid they’ve caused the problem. No, they are using a computer system that has the propensity to crash, hang-up, quit working or display an error screen. That’s what happens when you’ve got a monopoly producing a product.
You do have a choice about what you have on your computer.
It’s the Linux operating system. I’ve been using it since 2001. My advice is to find an IT services company that offer the service, and try Linux out. Some software programs may not work with Linux, so get them to take an image of your Windows Operating System first in case you need to revert back to Windows. There are various types of Linux. We use Fedora Linux in our house and business. Ubuntu is a good Linux operating system to start with. The software is free, the only costs are associated with installation and learning.
Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term roughly translating to “human kindness”.
As for Bill Gates, the co-founder and former chairman of Microsoft, when he was a boy he won a dinner at the Space Needle restaurant offered by his pastor. Eleven-year-old Gates had to memorize chapters 5, 6, and 7 of the Gospel of Matthew, better known as the Sermon on the Mount, and he recited the sermon flawlessly.
I wonder what young Bill Gates was thinking as he ate dinner and watched Seattle revolve around him. Did he feel on top of the world?
The chapters he had to commit to memory contained a lot of wisdom. Here are some of the words he recited,
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24.
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:26.
Did he remember and follow the great words his Pastor wanted him to learn – or did he choose world domination?