The New Computer
"Good Morning Bert. Here is your schedule," stated Carlysle when Bert sat down.
"Thanks Carlysle! Right to work."
So it went for a couple of weeks. The work days were long, but that is the way Bert was. He was married to his work. It gave him purpose. It also paid the bills. But he loved his job, and he was quite good at it. His computer made things go smoothly. All was working smoothly. "Too smoothly?" thought Bert. Then something occurred to him on an early sleepless Sunday morning, "When was my last backup?"
He rushed to his den. Carlysle was working away. "Good morning Bert. You're up early again."
"Carlysle! When was the last backup of all the work I have done?"
"I've been backing things up all along," replied the computer. "Nightly I perform a backup of all the files you have worked on during the day. Then on Sundays I backup everything. Why?"
"You have?" Bert sighed. "Thank you! You're a very smart computer. You don't know how many times I have lost work because of failing to back up. It is one of those things that only come to my mind in the middle of the night."
"Relax. I have weeks of backups. There are multiple redundant systems. It is all in the manual."
"You continue to astound me Carlysle. Thanks for putting my mind at ease once again."
"You're quite welcome Bert. You can call me Carl. Now get some sleep."
"Okay, good night."
Bert slept soundly the rest of the night. He got up bright and early and headed to his study. "Okay Carl lets see the schedule."
"You do know it is Sunday don't you Bert?"
"Right you are. Let me see the schedule anyway."
The computer brought up the schedule. Looking over the schedule he was amazed. They were ahead of schedule. They were over a week ahead of schedule. There had been no problems. No glitches. The work had progressed smoothly and systematically. Not once had he had to start over. He felt that it was all due to his computer Carlysle.
"Carl, we are ahead of schedule. We make an excellent team. Of all the co-workers that I have had, you're the best."
"Thank you Bert. Since we are ahead of schedule, why don't you take your bike ride? Then relax the rest of the day."
"If that's what the doctor orders, I'll do it," replied Bert.
"I am not a doctor, but it will increase your productivity if you are rested for work."
"Point taken. A bike ride it is."
Bert had another bike ride. It was the first time this late in a project that he spent such a day. Usually, he was attempting to catch up for lost productivity. This was a special day indeed! He thoroughly enjoyed the day. But, it was back to the regular schedule on Monday. When Bert got to his computer, the schedule was already open.
"Thank you Carl! We are in good shape," started Bert. "However, we don't want to lose our advantage. We should keep at it."
"As you wish," replied Carlysle.
The week went by fast. When Bert was busy, the days seem to sail by. Once again, the weekend came with the same conversation. Bert again rode his bike and did some light reading. He could very much get used to weekends free. They were almost done with the project, and they were well ahead of schedule.
Another week went by and the weekend came around.
"Hello Bert, it is Saturday and you do not have to work today," the computer began.
"I know Carl, but I have some recreational computing to do."
"Pardon me? I am a business computer; there are no games on me."
"It is unprofessional to use a business computer during business hours for personal purposes. Thus, I am going to do some personal research on the internet today."
"Very well stated. You may proceed."
"Thanks for your permission Carlysle," replied Bert sternly.
Bert got onto the internet and did his research without interruption. When he was finished Carlysle asked, "Do you want me to save any of the internet information you just acquired?"
"I did bookmark some key pages," responded Bert.
"That is true, but I have other information that I can store to bring up the pages quickly if you think you may visit the sites again soon."
"I will probably come back next Saturday. Use your discretion."
The next Saturday Bert checked the schedule early in the day. "We are two weeks ahead of schedule Carlysle. I'm going to reward myself with a two week vacation! It is the first one I've had since joining this company. I'm thinking of touring the company that made you."
"Fzzzzzztttt. You may use your free time as you wish."
"Carl, that reminder isn't necessary. I know you are a computer. However, the factory that constructed you is in a beautiful part of the country. Airfares are cheep, and there are lots of other things to do there. I just have to find out if they give tours. I'm going to access the web now Carl."
"Very well," replied the computer.
Bert did the research on the Kibner Computer System's factory. Their web site was packed with information, but there wasn't any information on tours. "For such a high-tech computer company," thought Bert to himself, "their web site sure is slow. They have a toll free phone number; I'll just call them up and ask about tours."
Bert and Carlysle finished the project 2 weeks early, and Bert requested a vacation. Since his project was finished, they readily granted him the time off. "Well done Bert!" remarked the Mr. O'Callahan, "I think this is the best work you have done! This computer must be something special"
"Thank you Pete," responded Bert. "Carl... I mean my computer system is great. I cannot believe it took me so long to take the plunge. My computer is much more like a co-worker than a tool. I haven't thought of Dwayne once since I started working from home. I'm so impressed with the computer that I'm thinking of going on a tour of the factory on my vacation."
"Enjoy your vacation you have earned it! I hope we won't lose you to KCS."
"I'll make no promises," joked Bert.
Bert called KCS�s toll free number, and he actually spoke to Dr. Kibner. The president of the computer company was an odd man, and he asked as many questions as he answered. He did agree to let Bert tour the factory when he was in the area. If they set a time and date, Mr. Kibner could personally show him the set up. This is what Bert did.
"Carl, I need to get onto the internet. I need to purchase my vacation tickets."
"Very well Bert. Hawaii is always a nice destination."
"I know, but you know I'm not going to Hawaii."
Bert ordered his tickets and was off on his vacation. He relaxed and did all of the things he liked to do. He did an awful lot of walking around and visiting the sites. He really looked forward to his visit to the KCS computer factory.
The scheduled time came and Bert took his tour with Dr. Kibner. It was quite an impressive facility. As they toured the factory, Dr. Kibner appeared to be quite curious about Bert. As they walked and talked, Dr. Kibner asked Bert a bunch of questions. When the tour was over, Dr. Kibner had an intriguing offer for Bert. He offered him a job with the company. He told Bert he was the type of person he needed for his company. He would get good benefits and make a comfortable living. Bert was surprised by the offer, and told Dr. Kibner that he would have to think it over.
When Bert returned home he checked in with Carlysle. "Hey Carl! How�s it going?"
"Good evening Bert. Here is your schedule," stated Carlysle when Bert sat down.
"Why thank you Carl. That is exactly what I wanted. My job is almost as demanding as yours is Carl. I should give that offer from Dr. Kibner some serious thought..."
"What was that?"
"I'm experiencing a memory problem. I can continue on, but I will need to restart and diagnose."
"I've got all I need Carl; you may do your maintenance. You must be rusty from the vacation. I will see you later."
"Wow. I've never seen Carlysle behave like this before. I hope everything is going to be all right." Bert thought to himself.
Bert tossed and turned all night. He was thinking about his employment situation. He depended so much on Carlysle, and he was working out so well. He worried about his strange behavior. He didn't think he could continue doing his current job without him. He completely relied on his functionality. Then the offer from Dr. Kibner kept returning. Over and over it went in his head. Around and around his thoughts went. He slept very poorly. In the morning, he wasn't well rested, but he had to get up. He had to go into work on Monday morning and he wanted to research a few things before he got back into the old grind. He got up and went in to see Carlysle.
"Good morning Carl, how are you feeling today?"
"Much better Bert. I don't know what came over me."
"Well, I would like to you perform a complete diagnostic, and I want a full report on your findings."
"I have already done one. I'm fine."
"That is fine and good, but Carlysle I want you to run it again, and print out a full report."
Bert began reading some literature that Dr. Kibner had given him to look over. The job would require him to relocate. After a short while, he was distracted from his train of thought by the sound of his printer warming up. He walked over and scanned the freshly printed report. Carlysle was fine. But, he wasn't about to take Carlysle word for it. With report in hand, he phoned up Dr. Kibner.
"I'm sorry to bother you Dr. Kibner, but I thought I have some things do discuss with you, and I am also concerned about my computer."
"Oh?" responded Dr. Kibner. "What kind of concerns?"
"When I got back from vacation, Carl... I mean my computer made a funny sound. He has made it on occasion before, and it worries me."
"Did you have your computer do a diagnostic?"
"Yes sir. I'm holding the printout right here. He says he is fine. I mean, the diagnostics do not show anything unusual."
"I see. Well uh Bert. You see, our computers can be very routine oriented. It is the way they are built and programmed. If there is something that threatens the routine or arises out of the ordinary, there can be minor glitches. If you look back, this is when these 'funny sounds' occurred. They are nothing to worry about. The more they get into a routine the less likely they occur."
"Now that you mention it, I did just get back from vacation. His... my computer's routine has been interrupted. Thanks for the assurance. While I have you on the phone, we can probably discuss the job offer. With my computer, I am much more productive and I have greatly enjoyed my job for the last several weeks. However, with the ease of which I completed this task, I'm sure they are going to make me work even harder. While I do like working from home, it might be nice to travel a bit. Also, a good portion of my current pay goes towards living accommodations. Since your company arranges living quarters for your employees your offer becomes most appealing.
"You may work some long hours, but that will depend upon who you are assigned. You may not have much work to do at all," replied Dr. Kibner.
"That is good to hear. After much thought, I have decided to come to work for you."
"Excellent. We'll make all the necessary arrangements to accommodate you. When do you think you can join us?"
"I am going into work tomorrow and I will tender my resignation. Since I am between projects, it is difficult to say when they will be able to get a replacement. I may be able to start immediately, or it may be a couple of weeks."
"Very well, let us know as soon as you know, and welcome aboard."
Bert went into work on Monday and told the bad news to his boss. "Mr. O'Callahan, I have some news. It is probably bad news from your point of view. I have been so impressed with my new computer. I don't think that there would be any way that I could have finished my project on time without him ... my computer. When I visited the KCS facility, Dr. Kibner offered me a job. I thought about it long and hard, and I have decided to take them up on their offer."
"If it is money Bert, some arrangements can be made," replied Mr. O'Callahan.
"Pete, it isn't the money. They are such an excellent organization, and there is an opportunity for advancement. There are lots of things that appeal to me about the KCS job. So, there isn't any need to try to negotiate."
"I hate to hear that Bert. You're a darn good employee. With your KCS computer you experienced a big jump in productivity. They must be some kind of computer!"
"Absolutely Pete, Carl, my computer, made this job so much easier. Like I have said before he is much more like a co-worker than a tool. He made my job so much easier that I even took some weekends and evenings off during the course of the project. I still managed to finish two weeks early. It is a fabulous computer. He seems as if he is almost alive."
"Perhaps I'll give one of these KCS computer systems a try," replied Pete.
"You'll be glad you did. Here is some information on them. I will never use anything else."
Mr. O'Callahan was impressed with the Bert's description of his computer. Before Bert left, he tried to get as much information out of Bert as he could. Before Bert emptied his desk, Pete ordered his own KCS computer system. With Bert's glowing description of his computer, Pete knew they had to be excellent machines. When he called the company's toll-free number, he was informed by the operator that they were a little behind on orders.
"We are waiting on parts," started the operator. "We have a shipment due soon. It should be available this week or perhaps in two weeks. It just depends upon when our shipment can come in."
"That's fine," replied Pete. "It can wait a few weeks. I'll need to train a new employee before I can use it anyway."
"You're the first on our list, so as soon as the shipment comes in we'll ship one out to you."
Bert took what personal belongings he had in his old office. He called Dr. Kibner and told him he was ready immediately. Dr. Kibner then arranged a moving van to come to Bert's apartment and pack up his belongings. A few days later, the van showed up and carted all his belongings away. This moving crew did not pack up Bert's computer. The movers informed Bert that a special crew would come to pick it up. The movers took Bert to the airport and assured him that his stuff would arrive shortly after he did. Everything in his new place had been set, and he could move right in.
After Bert was on the plane, the special computer moving crew showed up. "Well Carlysle, you're off to a new home," one of the movers remarked. "Your previous owner won't need your services any longer."
"Fzzzzzztttt," replied the computer before he powered down.
A few days later, Mr. O'Callahan got his new KCS computer. It didn't take as long as he thought it would. "There part shipment must have arrived immediately rather than two weeks later," Pete said to himself.
As he set up the new computer system he thought about Bert. Mr. O'Callahan wondered how Bert was getting along at his new job. Bert didn't have a lot of friends, but no one had heard from him since he left. "He must be awfully busy at the new job," thought Mr. O'Callahan to himself. "I'm sure he'll fit right into his new job. He was a good computer guy."
Mr. O'Callahan powered up his computer. "Hello I'm Berthold. What can I do for you?" stated the brand new computer.
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