Saturday, April 4th, 2009 | Gadgets
Since the word digit is derived from the Latin word digitus, meaning finger or toe, you may think that the term digital finger is a tautology. But not so if you refer to the finger of Jerry Jalava, a Finnish software developer.
Jerry crashed into a deer while riding his motorcycle and his left ring finger had to be amputated. He decided to have a 2GB memory stick imbedded in the prosthetic finger made for him after the operation.
There may be unintended consequences to Jerry’s digital finger.
At work his boss can be sure that henceforth he will have a finger in the pie of all software development projects and with a fancy finger like that crossed, nothing can go wrong. When something slips through the fingers of his team he will be able to lay his finger on the missing piece of code at digital speed. Nobody will be able to point a finger at him if he keeps this finger on the pulse of his projects. Even if he is the type of person who works his fingers to the bone, he will never burn the special finger. Just imagine how many things he can count on the fingers of one hand – considering his 2 GB memory.
When riding his bike again, he probably will be careful not to give motorists the finger.
At home his wife may try to twist him around her little finger but will get angry with him if he does not lift a finger to take out the garbage – she would then probably tell him to pull a finger.
Just imagine what you could do with a digital finger! No wonder Jerry is already considering an upgrade.