You had to read Romeo and Juliet in high school, too, right?  Or at least the Cliff Notes or 60s film the night before the test?  You know what always got me?  That the whole plot hinged on someone not getting a message in time.

Just as a recap, since I generally blank out right after the test, too, Romeo and Juliet are from families that hate each other, but they meet and fall in love before they know that.  They get married in secret by a friendly priest who agrees to help hide them.  The priest has a plan to drug Juliet so that it looks like she died, then sneak her out of the mausoleum so she can live happily ever after with Romeo, who is banished and in another city.  So the priest sends the message to Romeo on the slowest donkey ever while Romeo hears the rumor of Juliet’s death and shows up to kill himself on her not-really-dead body, all dramatic teenager style.  Romeo has a horse, naturally, and in the film version you see the horse passing the in-bound donkey just to drive the point home that Romeo wasn’t in on the plan.  Juliet wakes up within a minute of Romeo’s death, having just missed him, so she kills herself and falls on top of his actually-dead body, thus forcing the families to stop the stupid fight, because suicide is apparently a good option in this tale.  

Maybe language arts classes can include a healthy dialog about that rather than just planting that seed and moving on to Hamlet, but that’s another article altogether.  

At this point, no one should be using a donkey for work.  We can do better than that.  Donkeys are for petting zoos.  And trusting a donkey to do the job of a horse results in homework, and high school tests, and long, painful discussions about why they couldn’t just text with people who half-believe they were born with their phone.  Best to avoid the whole thing.

How important is it that your work gets to where it needs to be on time?  If your digital storage is a donkey, it could be the death of a project, proverbially speaking.  You should look in to that.  Here’s the Cliff Notes version: stuff doesn’t last forever, sometimes stuff breaks, technology moves forward, and you will need to upgrade your stuff eventually.  If you don’t have a maintenance contract with a qualified engineer, you’ll find out because it broke, not before.  And that would be a tragedy.  

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