“System Disk Not Found.”
Two Baltimore and Ohio freight trains in a head-on crash, Laurel, Md., July 31, 1922. Via Shorpy.
What started out as an annoying but (seemingly) manageable technical problem with the ancient ENIAC in the L.A. Daily Mirror’s city room has turned into the computer equivalent of a heart-lung transplant. No data have been lost and we are backing up everything we have. But the ENIAC’s room full of vacuum tubes is going to have to make way for a current model. (Translation: The power supply died on my home-built computer and I’ve been forced to adopt the universally despised Windows 8).
As anyone who has had the misfortune to deal with Windows 8 will tell you, it has a horrible user interface and is designed with utter contempt for the user. The entire attitude seems to be borrowed from Grayson, the School Bully in “Ripping Yarns”: “Click here, you disgusting idiot, to get your MICROSOFT mail!” “Click here, you pitiful little moron, to write a MICROSOFT document!” “Click here, you small, wretched twerp, to view a photo.” “Don’t talk to me about a START button, you minuscule, repulsive creature.” Think of it as Darth Clippy.
All of which is to explain that posting will be irregular in the coming days/weeks, as I grapple with the Windows 8 upgrade. I work a month ahead, so daily posts have been done to the middle of February, but getting the mystery photos up could be a challenge because they must be done daily.
Anyway, keep checking back. There will be lots to read (and listen to). But the mystery photos may be a challenge.
Update: Thanks for all the tips and advice. This is a history blog, not a Windows vs. Mac blog, so I won’t be posting the responses, but thanks for your input.