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Captain Dunsel

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#1 Captain Dunsel

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 10:36 PM

Oops, I posted this in the wrong topic (I meant to post in the one about where the user names came from) and can't figure out how to move it or delete it, so I'll repost there. Feel free to delete this one.


In Star Trek, the original series, Captain Kirk and Enterprise were made reluctant hosts to the experimental M5, "The Ultimate Computer".  Because it had both the ability and the duty to control things which previously only he and his crew had overseen, Kirk was "playfully" called Captain Dunsel by a superior officer involved in the tests... Dunsel meaning an unneeded thing; a part which serves no useful purpose.


While I think computer technology is, as yet, far behind the ability to replace me, it can automate some of the tasks that would otherwise be drudgery, or even impossible... the positive aspects of computer ownership.   :-)


At the same time, because he ended up having to serve it, to some extent... because he was sometimes baffled by it, at odds with it... because his peace of mind was threatened by it to the point where he was once practically yelling at it, I relate to Kirk's frustration with computers, too.  


To Captain Dunsel, and the ultimate bleeping computer!

Edited by Captain Dunsel, 29 September 2013 - 10:42 PM.

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