When Technology Fails

Sam2000's picture

Back in June I wrote about being without the Internet for a while while on vacation and how it gave me time to think...

For the past few days I've been without Internet service and TV because of a line problem where I live, and I again had the time to think about things, especially how much we depend on technology to exist.

I can access the Internet through my iPhone so I wasn't totally cut off, but I missed out on some TV I wanted to watch (Little League World Series especially!) and I couldn't sync my iPhone to add the new cd's I bought. Very frustrating because my only way to listen to music is through my iPhone!

Soon I'll be going to a new private school that's tech based, and also green with it's reduced use of paper, but what happens when the system's down? My Dad told me there's backup plans for everything, but anyone who's been typing a report or doing homework on their computer and then lost it to a crash or power outage knows how much that sucks when it happens.

Technology is amazing, but you're up a highly undesirable creek if you need it and it's not there. One thing I love about being a Boy Scout is when we do campouts and there's no cell phones, GPS, or other high tech things to help us you really see what you're capable of using just our brains, the best computer ever made! There's a big difference in having to build a fire to cook your food instead of just turning on a stove, but somehow dinner made over a fire tastes better? Going back to nature reminds you of how lucky you are, but I think it also make me realize just how much we are slave to our own inventions.

I love the things technology can do, but I think it's way to easy to take it for granted. I have a guitar amp that can replicate the sounds of many other amps with simple adjustments, and I can make some amazing combinations, but sometimes I just want the simplicity of picking up my acoustic guitar and making it sing.

Because of my physical challenges I rely more on technology more than I'd like to. Because I've lost some of my vocal range on top of having a speech impediment I prefer to communicate by text messages, which makes my life so much easier, but dammit I'd love to be able to pick up a phone and talk with my boyfriend for hours on end! Text messages say what you want to express but the don't have the individual mark that makes us all so unique. Nothing can replace a hand written note, but I have to use technology as a welcome crutch to make my life easier.

Low tech or high tech?

The choice isn't always yours.

Sam

Comments

Tycoondashkid's picture

tech is needed

remember their was a time when rocks were very advanced tech, every austloaphiticus (can't spell it) needed a few to fend off attacking Denofillis, then remember Sticks and Rocks became super amazing tech to some early Homo Erectus (i bet Jeff will make a joke about that) that later became shaped rocks for early Homo Sapiens that would go on to conquer the world in a way, and lets not forget that our mastery of stones and sticks saved our species in multiple occasions (i.e. during the worst times of the last ice age, the drying out of North Africa) tech all leads up, imagine a world were we are not dependent on tech, we would not be a very advanced species, we would probably be even before the age of the Greeks

MacAvity's picture

Huh.

Thank you, Dash, for the very true and often overlooked fact that technology is not only electronics.

My opinion on the subject... Eh. Don't really have one.

Tycoondashkid's picture

ive always been tech savvy

i though of that years ago when i built myself a tree house

jeff's picture

I'm confused...

You shouldn't need the Internet to sync your iPhone and your computer, even if your wireless network is down, you just have to connect them with the USB cord that came with it and it will sync.

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

Tycoondashkid's picture

yeah

or you can make a network without internet to connect them too

Sam2000's picture

My carrier does a check when

My carrier does a check when I sync and also downloads the safe Safari stuff, but if I add music from a cd and am not online it doesn't show the songs correctly, and the cd's I added were ones my Dad had as a teen.

We don't have Wi-Fi at home yet, not really sure why?

Sam

jeff's picture

Well...

There's a difference between unable to listen to them, and refusing to import them without the Internet adding all the track names for you. ;-)

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

Sam2000's picture

I know but it's nice to have

I know but it's nice to have the song titles in there...tech makes that part easier : )) "All Along The Watchtower" looks better than unknown artist/unknown song. Also easier to find while scrolling through the list!

Sam

jeff's picture

Well...

You can have it add those later. Just saying it wasn't impossible to listen to without the Internet, really. ;-)

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

Tycoondashkid's picture

its not difficult without names either

learn the pattern, simple enough, my mates Ipod screen broke he could only see a small part of the top left corner and he knew which song was which

Sam2000's picture

I have almost 6 gigs of

I have almost 6 gigs of music on my iPhone...seriously!

But I appreciate the advice : ))

Sam

Tycoondashkid's picture

i have almost a terrabyte on a super Ipod

i am completely and totally awesome

elph's picture

Just curious...

If you were to listen to each song just one more time, how long do you think that would take? :)

Tycoondashkid's picture

every song from beginning to end?

well about 2 days

elph's picture

Try...

2 years... with no time off for rest!

Tycoondashkid's picture

there is no way in this universe

that you have enough songs on a ipod that will last 2 years

elph's picture

Then...

...you don't have a terrabyte of music recorded.

Typically, 1 megabyte gives about a minute's worth of music.

You do the math!

Tycoondashkid's picture

well i have a terrabyte storage

but its not full as of yet

elph's picture

That'll be enough! :)

So... no hard feelings?

Tycoondashkid's picture

why would i have hard feelings?

im wondering whats in your ipod actually

jeff's picture

Well...

A lady never tells!

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

Bosemaster42's picture

Technology,

provides convienence for sure. However, I do get frustrated at times with our generation of self-absorbed individuals who appear to be connected to the PC or whatever type of cell phone, by an invisible umbilical cord. I sometimes get the impression they would'nt know what to do with themselves if they didn't have one or the other. I suppose coming from a long line of ledites has rubbed off on me. Hell, at present, I don't even own a cell phone anymore. Cell phones, for me, are a lot like jewelry or a nice watch. It's only a matter of time before it gets broken with me. In fact, my last burn phone died of drowning, the poor thing.

lonewolf678's picture

Both,

I do technology and none when and where applicable. Very insightful though Sam, we humans do rely on technology far too much in this day and age. Makes you think...

Sam2000's picture

Thanks for the comments on

Thanks for the comments on this one, I wanted to write about something a bit different and of more general interest to show I have interests other than my gayness.

Sam