MYSTERIES OF CYBERSPACE
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MYSTERIES OF CYBERSPACE
It never ceases to amaze me at just how fast an e mail will traverse
I mean I can send my self an e mail, and hey presto, in a flash, as
quick as lightning it is back in my In Tray !!
Even I know it has to go via my server in Harare, then over to the
USA where my macmail account is stored, and then back to little old
Bambazonke, a distance of some several thousand kilometres.
Any yet it does all this travelling in just a nano second. ?
Now I know I was born in the Dark Ages, when it took a whole day to
travel from Fort Victoria to Bulawayo in our old Morris Minor, (four
days if the rivers were running !!) but this cyberspace nonsense is a
source of absolute fascination to me !!
I spend hours sending myself e mails and sitting with my stop watch
seeing just how quickly the e mails get back into my In Box.
It doesn't even matter how large the file is either !! It can be an
itty bitty 2 kilobyte file or a gigantic photo of two megabytes that
I send to Great Aunt Suzanne and Great Uncle Gerald in Australia, and
if I put a copy to myself, it will still come back in a flash.
Only very occasionally will it dilly dally somewhere in
intergalactical cyberspace for a few minutes and then all sorts of
dark foreboding thoughts cross my suspicious mind as to where exactly
it has stopped off for some sort of sinister perusal !!
I clearly remember Mom driving us to visit our Granny in Gwelo when
we were very little.
The rivers were in full flood as it was at the height of the "rainy
Season" and we still had the famous "strip roads" and our dear old
"low level" bridges.
We spent days camped on the side of the Insiza River, several hours
camped on the wrong side of the Shangani River and even more time
perched on the banks of the swollen Vungu River where brother Gavin
developed a severe case of measles just to test Mom's mettle !!
How Mom would have shuddered at the very thought of an e mail doing a
complete three sixty of the world in no time at all.
I mean even today it takes two weeks for a letter to get via snail
mail courtesy of the Posts and telecommunications Corporation from
Bulawayo to Harare (and we even have aeroplanes (sometimes)
And so back to my musings, I am so smart I even confuse myself
sometimes, perhaps I will solve the problem for once and for all and
just Google it !! (As they say in the Classics !!)