Message for the State of Oklahoma: Fix your damn computer network! Every other time I go to the tag agency I’m told that they can’t do whatever I went there for because, “The computers are down for the whole state.” I know people who work on computers so I fully realize that 100 percent up time is not possible. But really! Am I really so unlucky that I always just happen to show up on the one day a year when the network is down? My guess is that the state cannot afford either a good computer system or computer techs who are competent enough to keep one running.
And another thing. Why don’t they have a work around? Thirty years ago they managed to issue and renew drivers licenses and vehicle registrations without computers but nowdays if the computers are down they’re paralyzed. You know, there are all these sci-fi movies and books about a future where computers have taken over and rule the world. Well, that future is already here. We don’t have sentient computers yet but they are already ruling the world. If the computer’s down everything stops. Don’t get me wrong. I like computers. I love computers. But they do have problems so we really ought to have back-up plans so that life can go on while the computers are down.