Weekend Writing Prompt — Enterprise

When I first got involved with computer systems decades ago, it was all about deploying enterprise-wide solutions. And to be able to bring that about, it required huge computer hardware from Big Blue (IBM) that needed special rooms built to accommodate the “Big Iron” machines necessary to run these enterprise solutions.

But then a revolution occurred and now most business systems are “distributed” systems using multiple servers and PCs instead of “Big Iron.”

(Exactly 73 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the prompt is “enterprise” in exactly 73 words. Photo credit: IBM, featuring the 360 computer from 1964.

To Boldly Go, Tentatively Speaking

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I hate when this happens. Just two days ago I wrote a post in which I used the word “tentative.” Well, actually the word I used was “tentatively,” but I think that word works better as as adverb than as an adjective anyway.

Then today, just two days later, WordPress comes out with a one-word prompt for the word — you guessed it — “tentative.”

For some strange reason, the word “tentative” made me think of the original Star Trek TV show. Let me explain.

Tentative means unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant. The antithesis of tentative is bold. Bold means not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring

You remember the introduction from the beginning of Star Trek, right? It ends with the line, “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Well, can you imagine if, instead of “To boldly go where no man has gone before” the line read “To tentatively go where no man has gone before”?

One small word could have changed the future course of human events!