The Price of Progress

Did I ever tell you I love cookies? Now, there's a shock, right?

But I have to tell you, not just any cookies. All my life there was one in particular I really liked. No, make that really loved. And when I could, I bought it, or would coerce my wife to buy it, anytime she ran across it at the store. And do I look like a guy who'd deny myself?

Well, out of nowhere, the guys who made this cookie, stopped making this cookie. Just like that. It was nowhere to be found. Nowhere.

To his day, I've searched everywhere. I can't find it. It's enough to make me consider a salad -- perish the thought! Why do companies do this?

I'm reminded of this cookie plight by news that Eastman Kodak (search) will soon stop selling most film cameras.

We're all digital now, so those re-loadable film-based consumer cameras are soon to be museum pieces. This, despite the fact millions of these film cameras are out there and millions more still buy them out there.

No matter. If you're a film buff, become a digital buff.

I had this same lament when Windows conquered world computers. I was a DOS (search) man. I loved it. It was clean and simple. Windows just seemed like one annoying overlay.

But pretty soon I couldn't get DOS programs, or DOS help, or DOS anything. And I too had to make the migration, grudgingly. Just like I did with this cookie thing and I'm going to have to do with this film camera thing.

The things that dominated our world often are shunted aside in our world -- to my liking, way too soon in our world.

Now, I have nothing against new technologies, maybe even new cookies. But, why do we have to get rid of the old cameras, the old computer operating systems and the old cookies?

That's progress, I guess. That's the way, the world rumbles and, apparently, the cookie crumbles.

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