Trauma by computer

08 Jan 2020

Today

The showroom was airy and bright. Devices were on display everywhere, each one calling ‘buy me, buy me!’ I responded to one of them and carried away a slim box that would not have looked out of place as a piece of exquisite hand luggage on a first-class flight.

Despite the price tag, there is no feel-good factor to go with it. Here’s why.

Last Monday

My computer, just six years old and considerably younger than my car, begins to develop dementia. At first it is imperceptible. A missed letter here; a pause before anything happened; a blank screen. The keyboard does not respond; it starts displaying letters I have not typed.

Nothing I do helps and ther...

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