What do I do with this?

What do I do with this?

I subscribe to a service that runs and publishes the results of (they claim) independent consumer goods tests. They have an online archive, to which I refer for help with deciding when I need to buy something substantial, and they insist on sending a monthly magazine too. Today I had a good chuckle when my magazine arrived and the envelope contained additional materials—on a compact disc.

What exactly am I expected to do with the disc? Hang it on my ceiling light in the 1990s fashion? Put it on my finger and wear it as a fashion accessory? Attach it to my terrace railings and hope the reflecting surface will repel pigeons? I assume it was a geek joke, as I refuse to believe that I’m actually supposed to own a device with a CD/DVD drive in the year 2016. I don’t have such a thing.

Yet there seems to be a compact disc revival going on. The other day I ordered online an antivirus for my phone, received an activation code via email—and a few days later I found in my snail mail a box from the antivirus company with a CD containing who knows what. I, for one, don’t know, I don’t possess the skill of reading CDs just like that. I wonder what the thinking behind this was—are there many smartphones with a CD slot? Or is mine just special when it doesn’t do CDs? I remain puzzled.

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

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  1. Laura - CaledonAcres 11/05/2016 at 7:12 pm

    oh in the world of all things smart… some people are not so smart 😉

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    1. Well said 🙂 It amused me, though I continue to wonder what the contents of the anti-virus CD could be and what I’m going to do with all the unsolicited discs. It’s not even suitable as a cat toy – normally I give stuff I don’t want to the cat to tear and chew and abandon before throwing it out.

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  2. CD’s still have their uses. Consider that the Fax machine is still in use, here anyway. Very handy but very old technology still in use.

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    1. Fax? I remember this one but I’m not quite sure why anyone would want to use it… The same for CDs. They seem impractical to me – I’m forced to use CDs when I teach class, and I constantly have problems because the CDs are probably quite worn and scratched.

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  3. CD’s… they’re shit.

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    1. Those and more explicit thoughts were on my mind and nearly on my tongue as I was struggling to play a CD recording when teaching my English class the other day.

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  4. Maybe they thought you could do with a coaster to put your glass of wine of when having dinner??

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    1. Hahaha 😀 That’s actually an excellent idea! I’ll need to try that.

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