You don’t need to suffer through Remembrance of Things Past to understand most of our lives are wasted. In fact, if you do manage to read all seven volumes you arguably may just have done a good bit of that. The tl;dr version of the novel is this: cookies and milk are awesome. With the possible exception of the lactose intolerant—and they probably use a soy product—everyone agrees cookies and milk are awesome, but are they? You tell me.
Way back in 1979, what could arguably be called the first "killer app" for personal computers was released. VisiCalc was the spreadsheet program, initially so popular that people shopping for computers to run the program sometimes asked to buy "a VisiCalc." That isn't something I've thought about in a long time.