Earlier this week the computer that I use for working on the website (WiiCommunitii.com) had a hard drive failure. Fortunately I am somewhat maniacal about backing up so I won't lose much if anything if the data can not be recovered. I back up to a stand alone hard drive and most if not all of the data is on two other computers in bits and pieces. I'm working from my notebook computer, which now has all the specialized programs that I use to prepare assets (screens and trailers) for upload to the site. So all goes on as usual. But I'm not happy.
As silly as it seems, I miss The Monster. He's a blazing Core 2 Duo machine, with 500GB of internal storage and a big big monitor. When I get him back in a couple of more days, he'll have 570GB of hard drive. I'm also having one of the DVD player/burners replaced with something a bit faster as well. I can't wait to start reloading the software.
This started me thinking about technology in general. When I was a young teen I worked with my first computer. It was an IBM 3 main frame. It took up an entire cooled room. Data was given to the computer via punch cards. My Palm Life Drive has more on board power than that IBM and it fits in my handbag along with its foldout keyboard. I remember my first home computer green screen and all. I also remember DOS and still like to work with it on occasion.
My small humans don't know what a record album is. I showed them an album the other day along with some 78s that belonged to my grandma. They were perplexed. They have iPod Chromatics. They'll never have to worry about records getting scratched or change the needle on their record player.
I still have my first cell phone. It's as big as a brick and weighs just about as much. It's analog. I remember how cool it was to be able to make calls from anywhere (that there was a signal). Now cell phones are ubiquitous and for some even replace the standard landline phone. I need to upgrade to a 3G phone but I'm waiting for something spectacular. For some reason the iPhone just doesn't do it for me. I need a phone that I can use as a modem for other devices. While I've been officially told that you can't do that with the iPhone, it apparently is possible. I need to check into that.
I do wonder though if we've become too reliant on technology. Do all these devices make things easier for us? Is being connected all the time really a good idea? Could I give up my computers and cell phone? NO! If I had to choose though I'd keep the computers and give up the phone.
Qwill's Qwestion: What technological marvel could you not live without?