Another Way Computers Are Making Life Better for Everyone


His mom took the boy’s laptop computer away because she didn’t like his attitude about something or other, and now he’s trying to involve me in a secret plan to get it back.


I ask him, “Why don’t you forget about the computer and do something else tonight? Read a book or something?”

He says, “I need the computer so my friends and I can talk to each other.”

“Use text messages. Or a phone. There’s an idea.”

“We need video.”

Video? What do you need video for?”

“Don’t worry about it.”

“Exactly. So you don’t really need the computer.”

“‘Don’t worry about it’ doesn’t mean I don’t need it. It means don’t worry about it.”

“What are you going to do? Have a biggest dick contest?”

“Is that what you used to do?”

“We didn’t have webcams when I was your age. We had to take ’em out and do a side-by-side comparison. Everything’s easier nowadays thanks to computers.”

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