I'm not sure if anyone noticed that I've been "off the grid" for the past five days. No, it wasn't voluntary and no, I wasn't crashing around through the Amazon rain forest. Through a strange confluence of hardware failure and tropical weather, I found myself without broadband Internet for days. I live in the country, so driving to Starbucks really isn't an answer either. I was able to read and respond to e-mail via dial-up. Yes, that's right, dial-up. Amazing what we lived with just a few years ago. Granted, this is all trivial compared to what people go through in real natural and man-made disasters, but being off the grid for a few days was an eye opener for me. So, what have I learned by going backwards for a few frustrating days?
I would love to hear from you on this topic. What would you do if your connections got cut off? What's your back-up plan, or are you better off just doing something else entirely? How does this absorption by the Internet affect our lives in both positive and negative ways?
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