More (PC) BANG, for your buck

PC bang.jpgPC bangs (literally PC rooms), are something I have avoided simply because I have had an internet connection. Up until last Thursday when the connection was cut. My fault, haven’t paid the nice people at Korea telecom, and in return they switched off their service. A fair cop. What wasn’t cute and cuddly was once I’d paid the over-due fee, was the delay in restarting the service. Suffice to say having no internet connectivity for four days didn’t kill me, but on the other hand it just wasn’t interesting at all. I did have a lot of time to play games that I had installed on my laptop though.

Sat back in the big, comfy chairs that all PC bangs seem to come equipped with, I then proceeded to check my email and Facebook. Nothing new there. In order to safeguard my passwords and surfing activity, I made sure that I used the browser that was installed on my USB stick. Useful things that, your own browser of preference (Chrome in this case), and it also means that you leave no digital crumbs on what essentially is a computer for public use. I’m such a geek sometimes. Just one niggling complaint is the presence of smokers in close proximity. Most of the patrons that frequented are middle aged men. Given that the area has Samsung manufacturing plants, most users then, are middle aged men that worked in a factory. Sadly, the man sitting at the end of the row of computers was puffing away merrily on his cigarette. I’ve got nothing against smokers, but the fan and ventilation system in the room was pushing his smoke right at me. If anything, that did make me want to leave sooner than I wanted.

The passage of time, things get smaller

USBs.jpgThe advance of technology renders the world of technology and computing an ever-changing landscape. Things get smaller and with it, the amount of data you can shoe-horn into a USB drive. Even optical disks are going the way of the dinosaur with downloaded media being well, the medium of transaction.

This leads to higher capacity of USB drives catching and by far eclipsing optical media.

CDs.jpg Ten years ago, I bought a USB drive for the equivalent money of $60NZD. It had only a 64MB capacity. Now for the same amount of money, you can buy something with 1000x greater the capacity. The funny side of this is that the smaller the item, the easier it is for me to lose. That has never changed.

Lazy computing, no preparation

I recently attended a workshop on error correction, to refresh what I knew about it. No problems there. In the middle of the presentation the presenter had to show a short movie on error correction. Trying out multiple media players but to no avail, he stood there floundering. These computers that the university ‘maintained’ had failed the acid test. The person who’d set up the computer(s) had installed a programme that rolled back any changes that was made to the computer the time was it on. In doing so any viruses or malware that was installed would be deleted. So, everytime the computer is booted, the operating system starts with no issues. All okay except that if not kept up to date the computer itself becomes hopelessly and frustratingly non-usable. It’s just an example of a very, very lazy way of computing. Set up a computer with this programme and forget it.

Knowing what was coming, I stuck up my hand and asked him if he needed my USB key. I had programmes that could be run straight from the USB key, avoiding the problem of lazy IT staff. I was not impressed. At the state of the computers or that the presenter had not checked that his movie would be able to be played.