A BAD WORKMAN ALWAYS BLAMES HIS TOOLS

Britain's National Air Traffic Service suffered a "technical fault" yesterday which resulted in hundreds of flights being cancelled or delayed. I am old enough to remember when everything was accomplished by human beings with just a little bit of, what now seems primitive, mechanical help. Thing is back then if something went wrong human beings would sort it out on the spot using their own intelligence. Nowadays, if I go into a shop and the computer is down they cannot serve me. They cannot take my money and give me my shopping. They just stand there looking useless and apologising for the inaction of the collection of microchips and circuitry that now rules their lives - all our lives.

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A BAD WORKMAN ALWAYS BLAMES HIS TOOLS — 3 Comments

  1. Ha Ha, you sound like a grumpy ‘mature’ person talking about the good old days when… IT systems are now heavily centralised and cannot be fixed by the person at floor/shop level.

    • I don’t expect the person at the shop level to fix the computer. What worries me is that there is no human option when the machines break down.

  2. I recall a cartoon where a number of people in an office are playing solitaire with decks of cards. One of them is on the phone saying: The computers are down. We have to do everything manually.