May 20, 2008

Connected

Over the weekend I got a new phone. A Blackjack II to be precise. I managed to stumble on a sale on Amazon and picked the bad boy up for a single solitary penny. Yeah, I said a penny. It arrived and I unboxed its technological goodness and since then I've wandered the greater Washington DC area basking in the glory that is high speed 3G connectivity and a full QWERTY keyboard. Overkill? Yes. But let me repeat - I got it for a penny.

With this wonder of modern technology, I get all my calls, text messages, comments and email from you guys, and work email all delivered to the palm of my hand. And that got me thinking - how connected are we and what's that really gotten us? I took a quick inventory.

In my house on any given day you will find an iPod Touch with handy WiFi connection, my newly acquired and previously discussed Blackjack, Bluetooth headset, a laptop kindly provided by my employer, a personal laptop, Beth's laptop, a desktop, two external hard drives, and a WiFi network linking all these wonderful things together

Now, when I was a kid, I was astounded when my dad brought home our Apple II+. I spent hours playing Infocomm text games and trying to get some fucking turtle to move around a green-tinted screen by inputting numbers (seriously lame). From what I can recall, the computer itself had no internal memory; all the data was stored on disks about the size of a Mini Cooper. In high school, there was a pretty significant threat to my family and I was forced to carry around a cell phone. It was about the size of your average brick. When I was in college, I finally scored a PC with an internet connection. AOL rocked in what now seems like a very lame way and it took a hell of a long time to download good porn.

Now, I can tap into the internet and stay connected about a billion different ways from things that can fit in my back pocket. I can stream my 200GB collection of music anywhere in my house (or even work) and download virtually any song with the touch of a button. Not only that but I have a blog, several email addresses, a Flickr account to show off my photos and my kids, a place on Facebook to hang my virtual hat, and a Twitter account to bitch with. My Apple II+ using self - or even my college self - would never believe the technology we have today.

The technology we've got makes a big world smaller and helps us connect with people we'd never have been otherwise able to meet (like you!). But it also ensnares us with the promise of instant accessibility. It is, in short, harder to disconnect, to take a break, to drop out. But, technology, I can't quit you.

I ask you - is it a blessing or a curse? And how are you connected?

Posted by Chris at May 20, 2008 6:29 AM
Comments

Hmmm,
Home: Pc, Laptop, Wireless network, external hard drive, Ipod classic with docking station and wireless transmitter to any radio within a few miles...
Mobile Phone which i dont really use for the internet as i dont have need but i do have the option. Also am due to upgrade so will prbably go fro something that is more internet friendly even though i dont really use it for that..
Work: Internet access with which i leave this comment.

All this technology is great but you do end up sometimes either feeling guilty because you havent blogged/logged on or you can't remember what you did before you had it.

Just started reading real books again, had forgotten what a pleasure it can be!

Pol x

Posted by: Pol at May 20, 2008 6:43 AM

I feel so disconnected from the world when I vacation somewhere that doesn't have free WiFi. However, it's very refreshing when I totally leave all of my technology behind.

Let's see.... At home: my laptop, husband's laptop (plus his work laptop), two desktops, 4 TiVos, iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, off-brand mp3 player, iPod docking station (also masquerades as a radio/CD player), WiFi and wired network, digital SLR camera, digital point-and-shoot camera, digital video camera...

Other: GPS in the car, new Sony Ericsson w580i Walkman phones (hubby and myself)...

Work: one desktop for myself, 15 desktops in a lab, SMART Board, LCD projectors, InterWrite Boards, digital cameras -- both still and video...

Sometimes, I sit back and wonder how the hell any of us survived the (ancient) times when none of these items existed for us peons to use. I sometimes wish I could go back to those simpler times in order to take a fresh look at life back then (knowing what I know now). On the other hand, I'm not sure I'd give back any of the stuff I've become accustomed to. Especially my TiVo and my laptop with WiFi. And my cell phone. And my iPod Nano.... LOL

Posted by: ironic1 at May 20, 2008 6:59 AM

I wonder what will happen when everyone gets cancer from all the wireless waves broadcasting through our bodies. That then leads me to wonder, if you are not connected can you get cancen and die from second-hand wireless radiation?

Posted by: harrylips at May 20, 2008 7:05 AM

I am connected in much the same way. We have three laptops in this house, one desktop - networked together of course. There are the various Flickr, Facebook/myspace (shush) and Twitter accounts as well.

And then there is my crack...eh.. I mean my Blackberry. Nuff said.

Posted by: Jen at May 20, 2008 8:00 AM

One laptop, one external hard drive, one cell phone with internet capabilities that I never use, one cell phone without internet capabilities that my husband complains about all the time. I feel lost if I don't have my phone with me at all times.

Just the other day I was explaining to my kids how I used to play The Oregon Trail on the Apple IIe that my mom brought home from the school in the summertime. I found it online and tried to get them to play it--the game that I found so fascinating and complex they delcared "boring and dumb".

*sigh*

Posted by: Alissa at May 20, 2008 8:04 AM

BLESSING.

I love being connected. I have my iPhone with me everywhere, so I'm essentially as connected as I need to (wanna be). At home, I have two laptops via wireless - one for work-work, one for play-freelance. It's not uncommon to see me sitting at my dining room table with both laptops open and running and going back and forth between them.

When I've got my personal laptop up, I'm usually running Trillian with my bazillion IM accounts... How I get anything done is beyond me.

I love gadgets and tech stuff. The way some women lust after shoes is the way I feel when Apple is going to make a major product announcement (and yeah, I follow the live blogs of those events because I am a bigger dork than I care to admit to too many people!).

Posted by: Sarah at May 20, 2008 8:05 AM

Three laptops, two external hard drives, one desktop, two DVRs, PS3, HDTV with memory card readher, cell phones x3, Zen, and two iPods for two adults and one 11 yr old boy.

I did turn off texting because I was getting annoyed with it so as I get older (ha! 35 in 2wks) I am learning to shut out these things.

That is the beauty of it - we can turn it on or turn it off as we choose - when we see fit - like when the disconnect but eagerly waiting to be connected 5yr old boy decides its time to play Uno for the umpteenth time!!

Posted by: Steff at May 20, 2008 8:06 AM

I say a blessing because it has enabled me to "meet" people like yourself.


"Significant threat"...now I need to know what the threat was?

Posted by: William at May 20, 2008 8:09 AM

PC at home, work, and laptop if I must. Usually the laptop lives in a little dark corner of my office. I try not to be overly connected. iPod nanos, one for me, one for my oldest son. Cells, one for me w/internet, one for my son w/out. It was hard for me when we cancelled the land line to the house and went all cell. I spent about a month with a vaguely unsettled feeling because of not having 911 service as we knew it. You know push a button and they already know where you are. Don't even have to speak. I knew it really worked because my youngest had done this twice. I'm lucky our city's police are so nice. I think it was because I grew up with that tv show, Rescue 911. It just put the fear in you. Every time I heard Shatner's voice I'd startle. ;) Now that fear is gone. I think we will always be readjusting our comforts zones. Now that vaguely unsettled feeling is if I don't have a phone in my pocket. Or can't reach my son on his. But I think we have just changed the location of our communities. My blog friends are my version of those little old men that used to sit on the bench outside the country store up the road from my grandparents house every day.

Posted by: OS at May 20, 2008 8:14 AM

I finally got myself a camera phone and in my house, we each have a desktop, 3 servers (all with RAID) and there's a laptop floating around somewhere too. I blogged a little about this a while ago (http://allstarme.wordpress.com/2006/12/06/gather-your-camels-its-humpday/) and I think it's definitely something to think about, in terms of how connected - or disconnected - modern society is allowing ourselves to be.

P.S. I sent you a facebook friend request because, well, why not?

Posted by: claire at May 20, 2008 8:16 AM

Definitely not THAT connected.

We have high speed internet like the rest of the free world - a lap top and desk top computer, a regular old phone with a *scoff* land line and a pay as you go Nokia cell phone that probably looks to some people like it came from an era gone by (no flip phone or anything... the horror, I know ;) My husband is about the only person whom I ever call on it and it is if I am at the grocery store and cannot remember if we need something or one of us is traveling.

We have an iPod which I kind of hate, I have to admit. Who has time to sit and figure that dang thing out??? Okay not me and my husband has no interest.

I have a Palm that is going on ten years old and will not sync with an system we currently have so it is an electronic address book. It was super cool when I got it but it is no embarrassingly out of date now.

I have face book and myspace account respectively that I hardly look at unless someone sends something to me there (usually junk mail esp. at the myspace thing) and I looked at Twitter/signed up but again who has time for it!?!? Ack, it would kill me to keep up on Twitter!

I know about all the latest stuff but right now life seems easier/simple with what have become basics like the lap top, email and a regular old phone (one with a cord and one without!)

Posted by: Christina at May 20, 2008 8:26 AM

We're going camping this weekend...just tents and sleeping bags...just to get away from it all for a few days. I think it's terrific, but sometimes you've just got to step back and enjoy what nature has to offer. But, I made our camping reservations via the internet :-) And I will not be forgetting my digital camera. I think it's impossible to live without in society today.

Posted by: Tera at May 20, 2008 8:26 AM

All that connectivity and you are still just using it to download porn. Ah, the irony.

Posted by: Mrs. Cactus at May 20, 2008 8:31 AM

Wow, I guess I'm still in the dark ages. I have a desktop - primarily used for my wife's work, my writing, and playing silly You Tube videos for my son. "My Hands Are Bananas" is a favorite.

A laptop provided by my job, which is networked with the desktop for wireless access. A Blackberry (a very, very old clunky Blackberry) also provided by my job.

No cell phone. Got rid of that when I got the blackberry.

No MP3 player yet, but that's about to change.

No Facebook or MySpace for me. It seems redundant since I already have a blog. No Flicker since I'm a lousy photographer.

Life is pretty simple in my world, I guess!

Posted by: Jeff St Real at May 20, 2008 8:42 AM

Allan and I are connected much as you are. No bluetooth, but two laptops, two iPod Touches (touches?) which we take when we go out, two cell phones, and we are both on Flickr, Facebook, BrightKite and Twitter.

For me it's a blessing. On the other hand, if I'm not going to be connected for any amount of time, I have to mentally prepare myself. So it's kind of a curse that way.

Posted by: Alison at May 20, 2008 8:43 AM

what is astounding to me is how receptive my kids are to all of this technology. Lady knows how to get us to www.pbskids.org and she is not even three years old (for the next week). I mourn the loss of good penmanship, because surely this upcoming generation will never actually write things BY HAND.

Posted by: chatty cricket at May 20, 2008 8:46 AM

I remember trying to draw pictures with the turtle!

I have a Palm Centro phone which means I have internet EVERYWHERE. My husband thinks an intervention might be in order.

We have two desktops, two laptops (one work, one personal) a Wi-fi network, a Tivo, various iPods and mp3 players, and three video game systems which also connect to the internet.

I love the internet and not just for porn. ;)

Posted by: wendy at May 20, 2008 8:49 AM

I have been dying for a phone like that for quite awhile now. I wish I'd have known about that sale lol Oh well. I'm so connected that I dazzle. I'm on Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, iLike, Livejournal. I know a majority of my friends from teh onlinez (The BFF, for example). I have an iPod (my other best friend) and a shitty phone. I blame it all on my dad and his computer business. I think we were one of the first families in my town to have teh internets.

It is kind of tricky though. Eight years ago, I never would've thought that the "small" world of the internet would allow me to be in the position that I'm in now. I hate to be vague but too many details will give it away. Let's just say that the accessibility of the internet makes for some purely surreal moments.

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at May 20, 2008 8:52 AM

Let's see... we've got the MacBook (heart), two cells, two i-pod shuffles, a Windows based laptop, a Dell laptop (or as I like to call it the Virus Net)...
BUT what I really covet... the iPhone... drooooooool... My husband said if I have a boy he'll get me one -
HAAAAAAAAAAA- 37 days and we'll find out for sure!!

Posted by: Stephanie at May 20, 2008 8:54 AM

Compared to you, I'm not that "connected" at all, I guess. I've got a desktop (that's in need of replacing), a laptop (that I never use) and a cell phone (without internet capabilities). Then again, I've got a lot going on online: three blogs (plus one group blog to which I contribute), Twitter and Flickr accounts, a LinkedIn account, a gazillion email accounts...

Posted by: Fraulein N at May 20, 2008 9:02 AM

I'm back in the Stone Age. One PC, one land line, 2 prepaid cells with no frills.

For me, that's enough. Probably part of it is my age; I want to be connected but I want to be part of the actual world around me at the same time. I hate having anything on my head or in my ear.

My sons both have internet connection on their cells and they've been known to have coffee with me while sitting across the table from each other playing WOW on their phones. ???

Posted by: Ann Adams at May 20, 2008 9:15 AM

It's a curse because now the phrase, 'I'm in the palm of Chris' hand' is repeating in my head.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at May 20, 2008 9:24 AM

Cell phone with texting and pix (which I never use... the pix, I mean) but no internet and no bluetooth; no work BlackBerry (thank god!) and I have no desire to buy one for myself; 6 year old falling apart (literally) laptop at home with FREE T-1 line with my apartment building, no WiFi; TiVo, but no HD or flat screen television; no iPod or corresponding gear. I have a few email addresses, a Flickr I hardly use, and my blog which I update on average twice a week.

Technology I would love to have that I don't -- GPS for my car. Other than that, I am quite fine with my connectivity, although I could desperately use a new home computer before my current one disintegrates.

Posted by: Stephanie at May 20, 2008 9:41 AM

I am dying for an iphone.

How exactly did you get this for a penny?

Posted by: jodifur at May 20, 2008 9:42 AM

Let's see. We have two laptops, one desktop, 4 Ipod shuffles, an Xbox 360,a Wii, 2 Nintendo DS, and 2 Gameboys. My husband has a fancy phone with Bluetooth and my phone can take pictures and text. Oh yeah, my 10 year old has his own phone (only for emergencies..we don't have a land line anymore).

On any given day I go between a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing that I can get talk to someone right away say if I am in danger or in a car accident (which just happened). But then I think it is a curse when people are so consumed with the electronic beast that they forget everything else...hence the car accident. The woman who hit rear ended me was on her cell phone and not paying attention.

It is also annoying to hear people's conversations when I am at a resturant or in line somewhere.

Posted by: kali at May 20, 2008 10:07 AM

Let me just say this: We have 3 people and a total of 6 computers in our house. Also seven televisions.

Posted by: kalisa at May 20, 2008 10:08 AM

With everything it seems, there are people at two ends. Techies who can't disconnect, also never relax. Technology haters seem MUCH happier, but they're also usually exercising their brain much less.

I like to think we're somewhere in the middle. We each have a work laptop we use at home, and I keep one desktop up to snuff (butt kicker) at home for the family to use. We share an iPod, have simple cell phones and that's about it. We use technology every day, but we try and find a balance with it. It's AWESOME to be able to look up the answer to any question at any time from the comfort of our kitchen but we're happy to use them as tools instead of entertainment or news at home.

I've debated the personal phone/computer thing you just got and figure it is an eventuality... but I'm not in a hurry. I don't want to get email while I'm at the playground. I don't need to know that someone commented on my flickr page when I'm at the pool. I certainly don't need to get 10 twitters while I'm at gymnastics with my daughter. Still, I'd like to have the option.

Question, not answered. Sorry.

Posted by: Brad at May 20, 2008 10:21 AM

Hubby's work laptop
Hubby's work desktop
Hubby's Blackberry
Hubby's 3 diff Jabra Bluetooth Headsets (he is always leaving them when he leaves town, so he has backups)
My web-accessible mobile phone
My desktop
My children's computer (all in one model)
Living Room desktop (for watching Netflix and tv shows online)
WIFI router to network them all together
Digital message center to leave messages for each other


Too much.

And I remember our first computer actually stored info on a cassette tape. The "recorder" looked identical to a tape deck recorder, but it connected to the computer. It was for storing your high score on Pong or Pirate's Cove.

Posted by: Jen at May 20, 2008 10:37 AM

Curse.

I am a 30 year old female. I have never had a cell phone and I never want one. No Ipod. No laptop. I do have a home desktop pc, but that is where I draw the line.

I feel as though all this technology has done is dumb us down, make us more impatient and our expectations to be unrealistic. (I'm not calling anyone stupid though, I am generalizing.)

I think that things would probably mean more to alot of folks if they had to work for it, it didn't come in an instant and they didn't expect it to. You want to know why young kids don't want to work? Because they never had to growing up, at anything. Bored? Pop in a video game...instant fun. Hungry? Pop in a microwave something...instant food. Have a problem? Use your cell phone...instant help. Where does using your brain or imagination ever come into play?

Posted by: Kelly M. at May 20, 2008 10:39 AM

We're pretty much connected exactly how you guys are. Same apps used, same number of laptops, same amount of time devoted to connectivity (read: A LOT!).

I go back and forth on if it's good or bad all the time. We did decide that this weekend, since we're unable to go away, we're going to have a vacation in our own home. The first rule? Internet ban.

Let's see how long it lasts...

Posted by: Pocklock at May 20, 2008 10:42 AM

A curse. I have a cell phone- a RAZR. And an iPod. I have a laptop that stays in the dock unless I have to go to a customer site, and a mac mini and a FAx machine.

Plus a day job PC with dual 24" monitors. It's like the matrix.

I like to turn off the cell phone. And just talk to people. I have a pay as you go plan as I never could use the minimum # of minutes with a subscription plan.

Posted by: intergalactic at May 20, 2008 10:59 AM

I'm not nearly as connected as you. One desktop computer at home, one at work, and my Palm crapped out on me last week, so I'm forced back to my old Sliver phone. Boo.

Technology is a bit of both, imo. Depends on how YOU use it, and WHO uses it at 'the other end'.

Posted by: C-Rah at May 20, 2008 10:59 AM

I am in the camp that it is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing in that it has mase a great deal of information/entertainment/education available in just moments. A curse in that I have several electronic leashes related to work (laptop, various applications which can be accessed via the web, blackberry that gets our voicemail from our work phones and a cell phone)which I am pretty good at managing outside of "regular" work hours. the issue for me is that once you have these devices, people's expectations of when you are "available" to work change and it is managing these expectations that can be difficult. One bit of good news - I get terrible cell and blackberry service in my house (have a pc with wifi there too)! AND - a plus - I was on vacation last week and there was virtually NO email service on my blackberry!

Posted by: Sue R at May 20, 2008 11:03 AM

Apple IIe !!!!!!! Yeah!!!

I do think there is such thing as being too connected. I have more than once lost my cell phone and didnt know until 2 days later.

Posted by: jessica at May 20, 2008 11:25 AM

Apple II was what got me interested in computers. Back in the days I was going to "computer classes" to learn to code/make graphics with those little green boxes. And they showed us the coolness that was the Apple.

Twitter. Flicker. 4 blogs. 3 active email accounts. Facebook. MySpace. Hi5 (for friends back home).

I resisted the urge to use my bonus to buy a laptop because I will never leave the couch again. At least now I have to leave the TV for the computer and vice versa.

With friends and families all the way across the world and the country, it's so much easier to stay connected this way.

Posted by: oakley at May 20, 2008 11:35 AM

For my family it's both good and bad. My husband is an IT/Phone geek so we have a wireless network in our house along with way more computers than people. We also have two iPods, a Voip phone, blogs and myspace accounts. Hubby has a random personal cell phone, a blackberry for work and pager just in case they can't find him via the blackberry or personal cell. It's good because none of our family is local so we can easily keep in touch and keep them updated with new pictures and stories about the babies. It's bad when we are trying to go on vacation and someones network (or whatever it is he really does) goes down and people start calling and emailing and paging,and of course we are choosing to vacation to the one spot in Southern California with no cell coverage and end up leaving a day late and having to leave a phone number for our hotel. Did I mention these people were calling the hospital looking for my DH while I was having my firstborn???

Sorry this turned into a huge rant about my hubby's job, but um, well, you asked! :-)

Posted by: Steph at May 20, 2008 11:38 AM

I am definitely not as "connected" as you, what with only my laptop actually accessing the internet.

But then again, I don't have a real job.

Even though I'm younger, My family didn't have a computer until I was in the 7th grade, and it was still a POS that I had to use DOS on, with it's best "game" being like, the first version of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing.

So, I still find it kind of astounding.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 20, 2008 11:46 AM

My mom has been on a mission to convince my brother and I to switch to AT&T and get iPhones ever since she got an iPhone of her own. One of her arguments: "I was up checking my email from bed at 4:30 AM! This iPhone is great!"

I vote "curse".

Posted by: Noelle at May 20, 2008 11:48 AM

curse.

i worked support for a while and, like you, found a deal for the OG blackjack for 50 bucks. felt like it would be a good idea to keep tabs on email. yeah, i used to get a lot of email. it was just one more thing to stress me out. so i turned off my data plan, unhooked my email from the blackjack and just used it like a normal phone. since i text more than talk it worked out pretty well. i also feel less anxious about the status of my mail.
i use twitter and i text things to twitter from the phone, but i don't get updates. why? because when i had my mail hooked up and internet on my phone i was constantly using it. i was always on. that stressed me out. so now that i turned it all off, it's just one less thing on my mind. and i like it better that way.

Posted by: jared at May 20, 2008 11:50 AM

I am connected through telepathy.

And a cell phone.

Today both are failing me.

Paper, pencil, slide-rule will return.

Posted by: Poppy at May 20, 2008 11:50 AM

I'm in the CURSE catagory. 5 computers, a PS2, a PS3, a Wii, his high-tech cell phone. I have a 13 year old son who, because of past behavior, makes it necessary to remove our modem (or router or whatever) every time I leave the house. Apparently there are no parental controls on the PS3. I also hate that my husband seems to spend more time (when he's actually home) perusing his favorite forums than paying me any attention. I may get about 15 minutes or so of his time by strolling in front of him wearing something the size of a handkerchief, but then it's right back to the laptop! My fantasy: some kind of disaster where we have no power for about a week, maybe longer. Maybe we'd all finally interact with each other the way families should, instead of interacting with machines all day.

p.s. The other night Anderson Cooper pronounced the Wii as "why eye". Now he can't accuse anyone else as being out of touch.

Posted by: Peggi at May 20, 2008 11:59 AM

i remember our first computer...apple IIe. hhahahaha.

Posted by: ali at May 20, 2008 12:11 PM

For me personally, it's both. I've met some of my very best friends on the internet. I can see pictures and videos of my gorgeous niece, growing up on the other side of the country. I can send pictures in two seconds to a very large family - who I really couldn't afford to send pictures to otherwise. Likewise, I receive pictures and notes and stories.

But sometimes, it's a curse. My friend got very angry with me because I wasn't available to her on Sunday - she texted me and called me and texted me again - and I didn't respond. When I don't answer my cell and call my mom back, I often get a terse "where were you?" UM? In the bathroom . . . And sometimes, you lose the people that you love to all of their electronic connections while they are standing right beside you.

Posted by: Mindy at May 20, 2008 12:13 PM

Work laptop, wife's laptop, wife's old laptop, and kid's computer (not on the net). All connected via wireless. Work laptop connects to router from work via a secure wireless VPN or wired connection. And then my Cisco 7960 IP Phone at home. Each of us has a cell phone but no internet on them. And an iPod Classic.

Posted by: Rex at May 20, 2008 12:18 PM

Hi Chris. Haven't been to read your blog in a while. Twins came along two months ago. I haven't had a moment to breathe since.

I'm not connected. I have the obligatory cell and that's it. I kind of like being only marginally reachable. And if I had a constant web connection I'd never get anything done.

Hey -do you know how to get a hold of Nanette from Underachieving Mommy? I used to read her blog, which I found through your blogroll, but now it's by invite only. I'm having some issues with one of my twins and really need to chat with her, because she's the only person I can think of who would be able to advise me.

Posted by: ocdcontrolfreak at May 20, 2008 12:42 PM

My house resembles a technophobes worst nightmare. I embrace technology, much to my wife's dismay. But I still miss my TI99/4A.

Posted by: Jeff A at May 20, 2008 1:06 PM

How many people, besides me, requested you to be a friend on Facebook?

Posted by: Peggy at May 20, 2008 2:13 PM

I am a video game producer who works from home... my home office is basically the Borg mothership.

Our town lost power for 7 days last December and I was SOOO screwed.

Posted by: Lani at May 20, 2008 2:22 PM

Sometimes a curse- we get frustrated when our calls and emails are not answered ASAP or STAT. How quickly we've forgotten the days of simply missing a call if we were in the bathroom, outside, on the phone already... .
Oh, the Agony of knowing that cute boy/girl was supposed to call, and there was your mom/dad/sibling on the phone!!!! OH NO!!!
Do you remember the first answering machine your household acquired? The advent of call-waiting? That stuff rocked my socks!


Just last Friday while out to dinner with my boyfriend I was recalling my early college days (1992) and hearing about this thing called email, and 'dot.com' start-ups, whatever the heck they were. And to think I am now on the internet for hours every day- just shy of addicted, really.
It is also a big blessing. I often travel/road trip alone and feel safer knowing I could call from just about anywhere if something scary or even just majorly inconvenient happened.
Never mind the sheer fantastic-ness of families and soldiers over-seas getting to stay in touch...!

Posted by: Karen at May 20, 2008 3:17 PM

I feel like I am over connected but I can't pull away. I love the computer and Internet an have at best a mild addiction to it, at worst a major problem with it. I have a work laptop, a personal laptop, a desktop, a cell phone that does basic text messaging, facebook, and a blog and oh yes don't forget my 3 email accounts, 4 if you count the work on....Calgon, take me away!

Posted by: Michelle at May 20, 2008 4:47 PM

We have 2 MacBooks and an iMac that are constantly in use - even by my two year old who opens them up and yells "CHEESE" at the camera. We each have 2 iPods (so four total) one of which is always docked in the playroom and loaded with Children's music. Everything shares a network with two printers on it. Stewart and I both have cell phones - which we almost never use except to say that we are on the way home. My cell phone plays music which entertains my son in the car......

My first cell phone was indeed the size of a brick and I thought I was so cool carrying it around the bar with me.

Last week we went to Vegas for 4 days - no computers no phones for us and it was AWESOME. In fact I am just starting to catch up on email now - and I didn't miss being connected as much as I thought I would.

Posted by: Sleepynita at May 20, 2008 5:51 PM

Not nearly as connected as you! But I'm connected enough. I've got my Gateway laptop, my Gateway desktop, wireless connection, my landline phone, my cell phone (a simple Motorola w385) with text messaging, my office desktop computer, Sirius satellite radio in my car and on my computer, and digital cable. I've resisted the concept of email over my cell phone. And I have a bluetooth, but seriously, I hate the thing. So it sits in my car, turned off.

Posted by: coolchick at May 20, 2008 8:36 PM

We have two desktops (old), two laptops (new), cell phones, I am addicted to my blackberry -- heck even the Wii is connected to the internet wirelessly. It's amazing. I remember our Vic20 and being the envy of the 'hood.

I was telling Nick (The Boy) that my very own first computer, I used mainly for homework... and it didn't have any video.. he finds this odd.Amazing how much it has all changed. I know my grandmother can't quite figure it out. It's too much... she's still amazed with television.

Posted by: Nat at May 20, 2008 9:14 PM

LOGO WRITER ON APPLE!! Gosh, I feel old.

Posted by: Cheryl at May 20, 2008 9:41 PM

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Posted by: Eatmisery at May 20, 2008 10:24 PM

I know you can relate. Stop by and see my latest photo. I know you'll smile.

Posted by: Eatmisery at May 20, 2008 10:24 PM

I know you can relate. Stop by and see my latest photo. I know you'll smile.

Posted by: Eatmisery at May 20, 2008 10:24 PM

I'm not as tech-saavy as you but I'm definitely a child of the technology age. I can't imagine my life without internet, cell phones, or my trusty hand-me-down iPod. It boggles my mind to think that there was once a time without these devices--even that I lived during that time--how???

Posted by: Angela at May 20, 2008 10:41 PM

We have 1 17inch iMac, 1 new windows laptop, 1 new ipod touch, 1 regular ipod, 2 cells phones. Oh I should also mention that the PS3 has internet too which my hubby loves. we are getting new phones next month with bluetooth. Very exciting. We are head over heals for the DVR. We love our tech, never considered it a curse.

Posted by: Mary Jo at May 21, 2008 1:16 AM

Three (or is it four?) old laptops. Two desktop PCs, desktop Mac big enough to watch movies on. Cameras galore, tape recorders (for my radio work), three ipods with a recorder attachment. Videocamera for the video podcasting. Cell phones in all shapes and sizes. And my least favourite, my husband's blackberry. He checks the damn thing at 6am! I don't know how to spell the sound that rollerball makes but suffice to say, it's something like, "ree, reee, reee"...

Posted by: Tamara ModernGear TV at May 21, 2008 4:16 PM

two words:
New iPhone... :)

Posted by: stinkerbell at May 23, 2008 1:31 PM

Our connections at home sound like yours. Except for the iPod touch and we don't have a desktop.

The thing that still amazes me is the ability to watch movies online. I can remember it once took 30 minutes to download a 21Kb GIF image.

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