Synchronize: in time with
I asked Google to define synch. The top line came back with Webster’s definition. Think eyes intently on wristwatches, setting each timepiece to the time called out by the leader of the group. Now, in the old movies, a plan could be precisely executed.
What does synching do, I next asked Google. A thousand user boards answered, Synch synchs!
I let that sink in for a day, while I read my comments, and looked around the internet for unsynching. (Unsynching is also a word on thousands of user boards.)
In my mind’s eye I saw all the brooms in Fantasia carrying buckets of water, the music synchronized; the action relentless. The applications, or uses of our devices are synchronized (oops, synched) to the wand of our device’s conductor.
The electronic world is synchronized to travel the information highways, mostly in harmony. There is no benevolent mind intoning for the greater good. It simply is for the greater ease of information, commerce, recreation, communication. All the ageless activities of man, facilitated by the speed of electrons and radio waves.
The option to unsynch seems to be parked in every device and every application. I found some easily. I can disconnect Chrome from my Google account. I can unsynch the data back up from my android phone. Free at last…
But what happens. If my phone data isn’t backed up, it is no longer available to be restored on the occasions I get stupid and lock up my phone. Soft reset, my miracle go to, would have nothing to put back in my phone. No apps, no numbers. NO GOOGLE MAPS!
What if Google is disconnected from Chrome? Apparently my Google account (Blogger!) is used by Chrome to encrypt and safeguard my internet sessions.
There is no going back. We bought into the ease of information in a flash, phone calls at our fingertips. Even my sister, with her old flip phone in her purse, bought into the system with the iPad that’s in her purse, too.
That’s the long and the short of it—this technology is predicated on everything working together. Everything running on the same information highways. Gatekeepers along the way protect some of our data by encrypting it, but there is a trade off for them to be out there working for us for free. The gatekeepers fund themselves by selling advertising.
No going back. I am many light years from my first phone number, Hemlock 9805, that I memorized at age three. No going back and not going back.