Surveyors can waste a lot of time and money trying to solve computer problems. In this Surveyor 2 Surveyor support group, let's help each other find solutions to Computer Problems.
Computer [kuhm-pyoo-ter] -noun - a catalyst for processing and storing human ideas by beginning with a logical input and proceeding illogically to a logical output.
Are the monkeys running the zoo again? Sometimes that's exactly how I feel when performing calculations or drafting maps with the aid of one of these diabolical devices. Things get a little bit abstract and removed from tangibility when performing math and making drawings with the now almost irreplaceable computer. It's a good thing that Pythagoras and Einstein did not have one. Likewise it is also a good thing that Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso did also not have to rely on one to create a masterpiece.
Nevertheless, it was indeed human intelligence that created the masterpiece we now call the computer to perform routine calculations and render graphics that should have taken much longer otherwise. The computers that most of us are familiar with do not think or know anything at all. They merely do what we "command" them to do.
On one occasion, a client of mine said something like "I want to know where the real property line is - not just where your GPS unit (a computer) tells you it is". Yes, wow!
I had to explain that my GPS equipment doesn't "know" anything and that it is only used as a measuring tool, especially between two points that you can't see between. Somehow that made sense, I assumed, by the blank look and the sound of crickets.
A computer is no more a mathematician than a piano is a musician. Yet, somehow we have venerated the computer as being more complex than it really is. To "know" your computer and how it produces the results that magically come out of it is only to "know" yourself and what you put into it. Garbage in, garbage out.
So the next time you don't understand why your computer doesn't do what you want it to do, make sure you are speaking the same language. Until then, don't expect your computer to help you do anything any faster or better than you could have done without one.
The profession of land surveying has come a long way with technology and it is surely headed toward the incorporation of more advanced "tools" to make life easier. Let's make sure "easier" isn't confused with "smarter".
This is as general and satirical as it gets. Now what sort of trouble or nonsense is your computer up to today?
-Scott D. Warner, R.L.S.