Tag Archive | computers

Reflections on Max 8: Sophisticated Airplanes and Self-Driving Cars

Would you feel safer flying in a Boeing 737 Max 8—or in the 40-year-old formerly mothballed plane pulled out of retirement to replace it? Have 40-year-old planes actually been pulled out of retirement and put into service? Probably not. But, since hundreds of Max 8s have been grounded, replacements have had to come from somewhere. […]

An Interesting Day

A while back, I had an interesting day, marked by some significant but mundane events. Event #1: I went out and bought my wife an expensive birthday present. The romance is still alive. The present was a new freezer. It wasn’t planned. The compressor on our current 35-year-old one was still working fine, but we […]

The Purpose of a Washing Machine

We recently bought a new computer. We didn’t want to, but we felt we had no choice. Our 20-year-old washing machine began banging, then smoking, and finally stopped working altogether. We phoned the appliance repair shop and discovered it had gone out of business. Couldn’t find another one that looked trustworthy. Apparently appliance repair is […]