Reliance on Technology

It’s been an interesting three weeks since my last post. I started having problems with my internet connection. Occasional dropping of signal, intermittent phone issues and plenty of downtime. Frustrating, but still able to check out other blogs and do my usual things.

Then, two weeks ago my wireless router died.

The comfort of the flickering green lights shining from the corner of the room confirming an internet connection were gone.  The little router had pushed out its last wireless signal and shuffled off to wherever the wireless routers equivalent of the elephants graveyard is. (Currently a drawer in my study)

As a back-up, I have a smart phone, but the source of its intelligence is a signal and when inside the house I hook it up to the wi-fi and that was dead. My phone contract includes internet access via a 3G signal. Inside I’m lucky to get 1G or nothing. 1G is like me drawing the webpage as I think it will display on a piece of paper. Only slower.

Not good!

For two weeks I’ve had to go cold turkey with only occasional access at work in my lunch breaks.

Over this time, I’ve realised how much I rely on the internet. For everything. We do our weekly grocery shopping online and have it delivered to the door. (If you do this right the delivery is free) Can’t do that without internet access.

I’ve had to battle through the traffic and the supermarket queues to do a full shop. I know what you’re saying. Boo Hoo 😉 But it’s something that I’m used to.

I don’t buy newspapers. Why bother. All the information I need is available on the web. For the last two weeks people have had discussions about things at work and it was the first I’d heard about it. The world could be crumbling around me and I’d be none the wiser.

I’ve also noticed how many times you’re pointed towards the internet. Virtually all adverts want to send you to their site for more details. I WOULD IF I COULD.

Even the television news gives you a taster of a story. The headline, a sound-bite and they then end with a tag line “for more news on this item log on to our website.

I CAN’T. Stop tormenting me.

I felt like I was going to switch on the news to hear: “There is a large asteroid the size of Texas hurtling towards the earth. For more information check out our website.

English: asteroid 1

English: asteroid 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Noooooooooooo. I NEED a signal, a connection.

After several phone calls, one engineer visit and delays in the postal system, my new wireless router arrived on Friday. Over 800 emails were waiting in my inbox to keep me busy.

You’ll be relieved to know that I’ve already done my grocery shopping so normal service has been resumed.

So if you were wondering where the dark glasses wearing, bald guy from the UK has been recently, the imposed exile is over. My reliance on technology can resume and I hope to get by your blogs over the coming days, weeks, months. 😀

Oh, the relief to find out that there isn’t a Texas asteroid headed our way. Not that they’re telling us anyway!

Thank you for using technology to read this post.

 

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About Pete Denton

I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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22 Responses to Reliance on Technology

  1. Julie says:

    Yay! You’re back! Missed you and yes, I was starting to wonder.

  2. djpaterson says:

    Glad you’re back from the dark side. Have you seen the US TV show, Revolution…?

  3. fhhakansson says:

    I know the feeling! While it is easy to think it as scary technology does improve our life tremendously and allows us to instantly access all kinds of information. Two years ago I spent a month without internet. Luckily I had about 10 video games, a novel to finish, and 1 TB worth of music, movies, and TV shows to keep me company. One of the best months I’ve had if I’m honest. Never had such a good “me” time.

    • Pete Denton says:

      “me” time indeed. Sounds good though I’m not sure I could have doubled my sentence and survived another two weeks.

      I could do with a self imposed exile to finish the next draft of my book though 🙂

  4. cath says:

    I can’t be doing without my internet, I’m not sure how you coped!

    • Pete Denton says:

      I think my wife would say I didn’t cope 😉

      Not something I intend repeating if I can help it. I like having the world on the monitor in front of me too much.

  5. I had just made myself a note to see how you were. Glad the glitch is reparable.

  6. robincoyle says:

    As you know, I was forced to turn off technology while dealing with my dad. It was cold turkey withdrawals at first, then a necessity, then a “I don’t even think about it” situation. Awful in a way, but also rather nice. I didn’t realize what a time warp it is until I unplugged.

    Glad you are back with the “able to be plugged in world!”

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks, Robin. I must admit to enjoying a bit of the time away. I’ve made a pact to have at least one day a week away from email and online. Might help keep me sane. Might not!

  7. 4amWriter says:

    Well, I am quite thankful that asteroid missed us. I’m sure you saw the news update now that you have your internet back 😉

    Welcome back to the real world, Pete. We have missed you.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks you. I’m still catching up on what I missed. All I read at the moment in the US Elections. Things will return to normal when they are over. Hopefully!

  8. I’m from the days of the manual typewriter, Pete!! “High tech” ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Hahaha, thanks, Joyce. I had an electric typewriter when I was about 16 and I used to write on the weekends. I must have driven my family mad with hours of typing, each key like a mini earthquake. Glad technology has moved on.

  9. EllaDee says:

    Welcome back. I think the worst part is the real life grocery shopping. My day to day life work & home life is keyboard and internet based and I couldn’t do without online shopping inc groceries, home delivered meals, banking, bills, library books, keeping in touch with friends & fam, news and info on tap and WordPress… but for 3+ weeks over our Christmas hols at our house where we have no coverage I am without it, except of recent via the smart phone if and where we have coverage… this year I’m trying to organise a way for us to have access but if not… it’s back to the old ways 🙂

  10. jkfalkner says:

    I can only imagine how much time would be freed up without an internet connection (Which hopefully would be translated into work being done but probably means the floor would be scrubbed instead, my other main form of procrastination). But I’m too much of a coward for a self-imposed exile. I’ll have to wait for a technology malfunction. I’m glad you survived yous unscathed!

    • Pete Denton says:

      Hahaha thanks. Unscathed, hmm not sure, but I did make it through the other side and in a strange way I’m spending a few days a week away from my laptop so that has to be a good thing.

      Happy blogging 🙂

  11. I hear you, Pete! Computer crash, viruses and worms… and typing with two fingers on the wrong hand is only, really, doable with a computer re’ spell check, etc. I’m thinking about upgrading, finally! This old gal has been plumped up (added memory) and refined (new software) too many times.

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