Today's Christmas Technology

From: chuckc@corley.sr.hp.com (Chuck Corley)
Newsgroups: rec.humor.funny
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 96 3:20:05 EST

This year I bought several new strings of Christmas lights, the fancy kind that flash multiple different light patterns. Several days after putting them up on the Christmas Tree, I noticed that one string was "stuck"; the lights did not flash. I thought it was somewhat strange that the lights would be "stuck", as I knew that the light controller was electronic, with no mechanical parts to get "stuck".

I unplugged and plugged in the lights, and pressed the button on the light controller box until the lights started working again.

I had walked a few steps away when it struck me what had just happened:

The light string was controlled by state-machine firmware. In other words, it was run by computer software.

I had just experienced a Christmas light firmware crash.

I had just rebooted my Christmas lights.



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