Take all my Software for Free

I was perusing Twitter this morning and came across this article on The Verge. Microsoft will offer the mobile versions of its Office software for free. The article is great but the finish is what caught my attention:

It’s a bold move from Microsoft, but also a defensive one. Microsoft’s competition will now have to look elsewhere to plot their Office attack.

I’d have to agree with the author; Microsoft is attempting to push back against Apple, but in my mind, they’re doing it better. I love Apple with all my heart. I do. However, they are only offering iWork for free to those who purchase new OS X Mavericks devices. People like me, long-term lovers of all things Apple, who own four perfectly good Apple devices, were left out of the excitement.

My point being that Microsoft not only did Microsoft surprise and support their long-term users, the die-hard PC lovers, but they also piqued the interest of Mac users that Apple left behind, like me. Smart move… ball in your court Tim Cook!

Microsoft is clearly playing for keeps. You the real MVP Satya Nadella!

Microsoft is clearly playing for keeps. You the real MVP Satya Nadella!

Drawing a Blank… I forget everything

So of course the week I volunteer to be one of the class discussion leaders I have nothing. The reading was not cool or interesting and I had the hardest time coming up with something dynamic to engage my class. Yay for me! The following is my attempt at questions to stimulate the discussion my class will have later:

Before reading this I had never thought of the computer as an encyclopedia, but now more than ever we turn to our computers whenever we have questions. Nine out of ten conversations I have with my mother at some point one of us says, “let’s just google it.” Our computers remember everything for us. I know only two phone numbers by heart, my mother’s and my grandmother’s. I have hundreds of numbers stored in my phone though. Not just phone numbers but email addresses and physical addresses as well. I don’t even try to remember things anymore. I just store them on my computer and go on with my day.

Do our computers allow us to forget everything?

In a different class we talked about the idea of trust. We just trust that our machines and networks will work properly although we don’t really understand how they work or know how to repair them if the malfunction. A primary example is an ATM. We simply trust that the ATM and its network will just know that we deposited $200 and our online bank account will reflect.

Do we trust these machines to remember forever?

We know these. They're all over campus. And when we see them we assume that when we use them they will work.

We know these. They’re all over campus. And when we see them we assume that when we use them they will work.

What happens on that God forsaken day when we wake up and the computers have decided to forget everything too?