This is that part of a computer known as ‘the tower’ though this particular piece is made to sit flat with a monitor on top. It is the component where all the heavy lifting of the system occurs. The music, the typing, the calculating, the designing and coloring, recording and a bunch of other whatnots are operated out of it. The monitor (screen) gets the glory when things go right such as a neatly written proposal, a knock ’em dead website designed or a downloading session happening without a hitch. But lo! when the calculator gives you a goofy answer, the video skips and sounds scratchy, or the soldiers in your online game suddenly quit fighting, drop their weapons and surrender unconditionally then it’s the tower that gets the grief. The tower is filled with sound cards, video cards, pieces of green plastic with silver squiggly lines on it, transistors, resistors, Andrews sisters, and who knows what else. When these go belly-up they either need replacing, dusting or upgrading. These are all very technical, almost mystical, terms. If you don’t understand them you are in good company with dozens of other Americans strewn across these great states of ours.
Today’s purge is an old one from the last decade. In Steve Jobsian terms, it is about 12,000,000,000 years old. The best way to dispose of a computer tower is to shoot it into the sun.
Sidenote – Please ignore the Our Marta sign. Don’t ignore Our Marta, just the sign. She was queen of the marching band back in high school. Yes, she queened well.
“Why do you confuse the issue?
Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about?
Pull yourself together, Job!
Up on your feet! Stand tall!
I have some questions for you,
and I want some straight answers.
Where were you when I created the earth?
Tell me, since you know so much!
Who decided on its size? Certainly you’ll know that!
Who came up with the blueprints and measurements?
How was its foundation poured,
and who set the cornerstone,