Movie Filing

Have you ever noticed that any computer search in the movies is always linear, with, for example, candidate fingerprints flashing up on the screen one after another? The public is still under the delusion that electronic files are microscopic filing cabinets made out of tiny wires or magnetic patches inside the computer. Most lay people are surprised that it is easy for a computer to file things simultaneously by a dozen different schemes and that you can print any report in any number of different sorted orders. They assume, like filing cabinet files, computer files are limited to one ordering/access.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)