Saturday, January 28, 2006

Comparisons...

Something that happened last night got me thinking...

We were visiting my godmother when Margarita reminded me that we had forgotten to ask her parents to tape a show she likes to watch on TV, as we'd be out for the evening. She wanted to call, but to ask them a third Friday in a row might be considered indelicate, so I suggested that I remotely log on from my godmother's PC onto the home PC, from there onto the sat dish receiver (it's based on Linux) and, through its web connection, program the timer to "tape" the show onto its embedded hard disk.

Just a measly two years ago, this wouldn't have been possible: My house didn't have a permanent Internet connection (now we have ADSL), we didn't have a remotely accessible sat dish receiver (most dish receivers were using proprietary software written just for them) and there was none of that "connectivity" that makes the world a much smaller place...

Yet, this connectivity doesn't necessarily provide the requisite freedom, does it? Since my computer is always on the Internet, my friends bitch more when I am not online, because they know that I work from home, so I have no excuse for not opening Messenger to chat.

If anything, it provides even less freedom than before: My guilt levels go up anytime I consciously turn it off so I can relax and watch a bit of TV or play a game. So I've resorted to taking Margarita out to the movies, as a means of not feeling so bad about not being on the computer working, if I am at home...

What's the point of having so much "help" from gadgets and technology, if all it does is make us less free?

2 comments:

Francois 'Navman' Dumas said...

You certainly have a point there my friend ;-)

Nina has been a computer widow for over 25 years now, and it is getting worse, not better....

The only good thing now is that I work from home and only a wall separates us..... The best times we have together now is when I embrak on my other passion... riding my BMW motorbike... and Nina rides pillion ! At least we're together and seeing other things than just monitors and walls :-))

I do believe that people without PC's and Internet must in many ways have fuller lives than us digislaves.... ;-)

Francois

Lefteris said...

Oh how right you are, my friend. I wish I weren't so afraid of motorbikes... :-)