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Adventure Thru Cyberspace Spiel

For centuries, man had but his own mind to explore the wonders of his world, then he invented the computer, a mighty mind, and discovered the fantastic universe beyond the limits of his own meager grey matter. Now your adventure thru Cyberspace has begun. Thru Microsoft's mighty microscope, you will travel into the incredible universe found within a tiny silicon computer chip. I am the first person to take this Turing test. Encoded in the electronic pathways of Cyberspace are the digital signatures of my first impressions. They will be our only source of contact once you have passed beyond the limits of normal MAGNIFICATION -- MAGNIFICATION -- MAGNIFICATION...

I am passing beyond the magnification limits of all but the most powerful microscope, beyond the reach of even the most talented hacker. These are pathways etched in a sliver of silicon, and yet -- is this haunted chip actually stretching, or is it my imagination? No, I am shrinking beyond the smallness of a tiny computer processor. Indeed, I am becoming smaller and smaller! These tiny bits of bytes tower above me like an enormous green wall. Can I penetrate this gigantic thinking machine? And yet this wall of electronic thought only seems smooth and solid. From this tiny viewpoint I can see that the result of no calculation is solid, no matter how many iterations are run. And still I continue to shrink. Is it a malfunctioning heatsink that draws me into this mysterious darkness? Can this be the threshold of Cyberspace?

What are these strange spheres? Have I reached the universe of the molecule? Yes! These are silicon dioxide molecules -- SiO2 -- with traces of boron, phosphorus, and arsenic! They vibrate in such an orderly pattern because this is silicon in a solid state, with no pun intended. These fuzzy spheres must be an inaccurate representation of the packets of quantum possibilities that are the atoms that make up the molecule -- two oxygen atoms bonded to a single silicon atom. And I see it's the uncertain position of the "orbiting" electrons that give the atom it's fuzzy appearance. And still I continue to shrink. Is it possible that I can enter the atom itself? Electrons are dashing about me like so many computer enthusiasts who have spotted the lone woman at a gaming convention! Can I possibly survive?

I have pierced the wall of the silicon atom! I am so infinitely small now that I can see millions of orbiting electrons. They appear like the stars streaking by in a Windows 1.0 screen saver. This vast realm -- this is the infinite universe within a tiny Pentium microprocessor. And there is the nucleus of the atom! Do I dare explore the vastness of it's Cyberspace?

No, I dare not go on. I must return to the realm of the molecule before I cause a data error! Oh, how strange! The molecules are so active now?!? They have become fluid, freed from their solid state. That can only mean that the chip is overheating. Yes, after having frozen one too many times during a critical moment of a game of Doom the computer has been thrown into a roaring fire and is melting. But there is no cause for alarm unless you had something important stored on the hard disk and did not make off-site backups. You are back on visual and returning to a reasonable approximation of your normal size.

This has been one of many exciting adventures thru Cyberspace, in a never-ending search for new ways to reprogram modern computing machines as they hurtle toward obsolescence. Now, in our display area you will see modern miracles created by patching and repatching not only operating systems, but word processors, video games, and new releases that you are forced to buy even though the software you had was working just fine. This is Microsoft!

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