Sam Cook column: Imagine – your own in-house tech guru

Sam Cook column: Imagine - your own in-house tech guru

Your “Al” wouldn’t have to be an “Al”, of course. Maybe your “Al” would be a “Michelle”. She too was there all the time – morning, afternoon and evening.

I used to have an Al in my life, and a Michelle and a Dean and a John. At the time, I was a full-time reporter for this newspaper. They were the tech gurus. Their estate was in a long hallway and behind a locked steel door. Their lair was a bunker of hard drives, a spaghetti of power cords, a chorus of buzzing electrons. Entry was off-limits to those of us who were just beating keyboards and making words.

But when one of our laptops decided to eat a story we were writing, or if it got stuck between a subject and a predicate, we knew what to do – call it the magic extension for computing.

Me: “Al, it’s Sam.”

Al: “Yes, …

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