Note: It appears that the author of the following wisdom that follows has made himself known to us: We are grateful that he grants us permission to continue share it on the web. (March 23, 2002)
"So I'm glad you like it. Yes, you have my permission to use it, reproduce it, post it and publish it as you wish. I would appreciate it if you would include the three-line header as shown in the copy below."
Mother's Day Meditations
from the Computer Room
by Gertrude Martin's son David (firstname.lastname@example.org)
[May be freely used and reproduced with this three-line header.]
It is our deep appreciation for the wisdom and wit that is contained in messages like the one below that has inspired us to post these for sharing on the web. It would be wonderful to be able to give all the author's credit.
Further information from David Martin about the origins of the "essay".
"Well, you wished for the presents and they came, didn't they?"I finally understood the full meaning of her reply when I heard the definition of a virtual device:
"A software or hardware entity which responds to commands in a manner indistinguishable from the real device."Mother was telling me that the Tooth Fairy is a virtual person (simulated by loving parents) who responds to requests from children in a manner indistinguishable from the real fairy.
"If it's snowing, then put your boots on before you go to school;
otherwise just wear your shoes."
"We'll wash the white clothes when we get enough of them to make a load, but we'll wash these socks out right now by hand because you'll need them this afternoon."
There is an old story that God knew He couldn't be physically present everywhere at once, to show His love for His people, and so He created mothers.
That is the difference between centralized and distributed processing.
As any kid who's ever misbehaved at a neighbor's house finds out, all the mothers in the neighborhood talk to each other. That's a local area network of distributed processors that can't be beat.
Mom, you were the best computer teacher I ever had.