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Wednesday March 19 2008

As regulars here will know I (a) try to ignore America, but (b) regularly fail, because America is so cute and quaint and yet, to an Englishman like me, still just about understandable.  And I can’t help switching to American to describe what I am experiencing today, which is what we here in England call a cock-up.  My computer screen has conked out.

So, what have I learned?

First, I have learned, yet again, that computer catastrophes are seldom that catastrophic.  Most computer catastrophies sort themselves out in due course and turn out not to be.  So I need to post stuff on the internet every day?  Yes.  Can I do this, right now, this evening, long after the computer shops have shut, on my regular computer?  No.  But, I now have an irregular computer, in the form of an Asus Eee PC, which I have successfully, albeit after a bit of thought, connected to the internet.  I didn’t use some magic code to access my router (?), through the ether, which I still don’t know how to do, which is stupid, and which I have learned that I should find out about.  But I did use a bit of wire, and here I am blogging again.

And second, I have been reminded that pretty much any experience can, especially if I follow the example of those Americans with their learning experiences, be turned into a learning experience.