developerWorks: Three, Two, One… Geronimo!, Part 3: Issues of State

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“We created computers and communication technologies to simplify
life, didn’t we? Although it may not seem so–after all, these
technologies do bring along their own complexities–they really do
make life easier when you consider what they allow you to do.

“You can, for example, walk from your breakfast table to the
computer in your living room and check out the current weather
radar or road conditions, order a new houseplant, balance your
checkbook, pay some bills, or do any number of things with a level
of effort unimaginable only a few decades ago. This is indeed
progress, but it didn’t come about without a few bumps in the

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