What was surprising was not that this feat was greeted with applause, but that it wasn't. We all took it for granted that somehow the Internet would answer all the questions.
My 10-year-old was in tears the other day because his thumb drive was missing. Not that he is the most organised kid in the world—or even in his class—but he was mollified only when he figured out how to e-mail his project presentations to himself on his Gmail account so that he could not only never lose the file but also access anything he needed from any place. His big smile was in figuring out that he didn't need his pen drive to get marks on his homework.