A unique video recording purporting to date from the Middle Ages may well show the world's very first IT professional at work.
OK, this is an "oldie but goodie" – I'd seen this video representing a scene from the Middle Ages on YouTube some time ago, laughed my socks off, and then forgotten all about it. But someone just emailed me reminding me of the link and I thought: "This is so funny I must share it!"
Have you ever tried to help someone who knows nothing about computers (and with no natural aptitude or common sense) perform the simplest task, such as creating a word document, saving it in the folder, closing the document, and then finding the folder and document again . . . if so, you'll love This Video!.
As an aside, the term "Middle Ages" is generally taken to be the period in European history between Antiquity and the Renaissance – often dated from 476 AD to 1453 AD. Some folks equate the term "Dark Ages" with the Middle Ages, while others regard the Dark Ages as encompassing only the early portion of the Middle Ages. Phew!
And, on the off-chance you were wondering, I just looked this nugget of trivia up in my book How Computers Do Math (which is available from This Page on Amazon). This isn't your mother's math book! The strange thing is that I use this little rascal as a reference all of the time, but I often don't recall actually knowing the facts I find there – sometimes I think to myself: "Wow, that's interesting – I wonder how I knew that?" (as I've said before, my memory is fading as I'm aging as we speak).
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