Bits And Pieces

By Will Watts

Originally published in EUG #04

Big Blue With A Red Face

The users of larger, more powerful computers such as the IBM PC and its clones would have us believe that their machines are capable of anything, what with the gigabytes of memory they are starting to take for granted and a software catalogue that runs into thousands of titles. But once in a while, we hear a tale of computer mayhem that just seems to confirm the old adage "The bigger they are, the harder they fall."

Journalist Mat Coward recently complained that his new super-duper PC spellchecker could not handle real names so that Alfred Lord Tennyson became "Alarmed Lord Tennis", Rudyard Kipling was renamed "Rudder Killing" and George Eliot was printed as "Genre Elbows". Mister Coward then went on to invite his readers to identify other great post-spellchecked persons thus Sir Waiter Scoot, Willing Shakes, Omen Khaki, Sample Tailor Cohering, Olive Goldfish...

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