Smart Appliances, 1.0

It has been a trying week on the technology front—and that's putting it mildly. New hardware, trepidatious data transfer, updated software that threw serial hissy-fits, and hours of long-distance help-desk consults eventually coalesced, and all is well again. [Although even at this point, my fingers are permanently crossed.]

Would that today's computers were as straightforward as those in the 1959 Westinghouse laundry appliances. 'All you do is push one button!' It's certainly something to think the odd-couple of housewife and Rodin sculpture demonstrate.