This will be my last blog of 2017. And in the true cranky spirit of Scrooge, prior to his ghostly visitors, I wish to avoid the clichés of “Have a wonderful something, be of good cheer" and so on.
I also want to avoid the offering of New Year’s Resolutions, which are usually broken before the ink is dry on them, though I am not certain what the modern day computer equivalent of that is. (Before the keyboard has been fully depressed?)
And I refuse to comment on what a great year it was, since it was filled with natural disasters and unnatural political disasters.
So I will take refuge in just one wish for the coming year. Not a wish for world peace, or vast voter turnout, but rather an answer to my personal pet question. It is of no real consequence, but simply something I am fixated on.
Why, in a world of smart phones, smart TVs, smart homes, do we still have to unplug our routers and Cable boxes to restart them?
Sort of dumb, isn’t it? If you have a WiFi problem, your network supplier will tell you to unplug your router, wait a minute, and then plug the wire back into the back of your router. Same with your cable TV provider.
Has no one figured out how to produce a simple off/on switch that will work on things like a TV, and a router?
So while you are combating climate change, and marching to change whatever issue provokes you, I will be out there fighting for an off/on switch for my router. Sure it seems petty. But wait till you hear about my next crusade: Why can ‘t they make a mirror that doesn’t reverse your image when you look into it?
Happy New Year.