I tackled my mending pile today. Blanket binding, towel hems, and clothing seams. Besides ruminating about the fragility of cloth, machine sewing is a lot of pinning and measuring and trying to keep the lines straight. As I took pins out, I realized that I should sew that seam again to make it stronger. My mind, being more accustomed to computers than sewing machines these days, immediately thought to press CTRL+Z, to undo my last move. How many times in life do we wish we could press CTRL+Z? I am grateful for the opportunity to “undo” when it arises. If only it weren’t needed so often.
Today is the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web (1989). We began our business one year earlier with a computer that had a 10 Mb hard drive. Everything we did started at the C:> prompt. To draw a line, we described its X and Y coordinates. Then we printed it over and over and over to make sure it was positioned on the page where we wanted it to be. We could not see on the screen what a page would look like when it was printed. Soon, the Compuserv chat rooms were full of rumors of WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). Could it possibly be true that we could SEE an accurate representation of our page on the screen? Even better was GUI (graphic user interface) when we could see a page with words and visuals on our screens as we moved from one website to another. Oh, those early days! We take a lot for granted now but using a computer was once more difficult than we care to remember. It’s a vital tool for my worklife … I am grateful for the World Wide Web.