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So. Looking at mangee's posting, tomorrow is some sort of ICT shut down day. Apparently to highlight people's dependence on their computers or something. How interesting. Do they have book free days as well? We used to have car free days here, in the late '70s! It was a way of dealing with the fuel crisis at the time, and each car had a windscreen sticker with a diagonal coloured cross to represent the day they couldn't drive, and God help you if you were caught out on that day. You had to nominate a day when you didn't need the car. It's a good idea actually! Stops us being so dependent on cars. My mother and I went out only once on our car free day, desperate to buy something nice for dinner. We took the back streets, but just as we came across a rickety bridge onto the main road to go the hundred metres to the next back street area, a traffic cop passed us. Sure we'd be caught, we slunk home again!! He probably never even saw us!

Still, does that mean we are not supposed to post or comment? Or maybe I just don't care who says it's any kind of day! I'm certainly not addicted to the computer, I have way too many other things going on. Still, it was fairly quiet today, so maybe tomorrow will be too?! And a break from here means ...more time to focus on the family. Aaaaaaaaah!

How important is your computer to you?

Today I cleaned out the laundry from top to bottom. A bagful of stuff for the bin. A bag for the shed. A truckload of dust. That's the dryer's fault, and I don't even use it much.

My friend's father is very ill. He's a lovely man. But he's ninety, so it's hard to drum up any real concern! He has been having a good life though, since his rather grumpy wife died just a few years ago, so let's hope he can rally and have a few more fun years yet...

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vivh
Mar. 23rd, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
This is the first I've heard about an ICT shut down day... don't think I'll play...I'm out most of tomorrow anyway, decorating during the day and out for dinner in the evening... but I still want to be able to check email and lj. I don't think I'm seriously addicted to my computer but it is an important communication tool to me and I feel a bit out of touch if it's not available just like when the phone's not working!!!
natesmountain
Mar. 24th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
-This is the first I've heard about an ICT shut down day
Yeah, well, he's a friend of ringbark LOL so he'd know these sorts of things, huh!

I don't think I want anyone telling me to take a day off anything if I don't want to! And it is fun, and it's good communication with friends like you *g* so yeah, I like it too, in fact I love it.
vivh
Mar. 24th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
He's on my friend list too but I read your post before his!!

All things in moderaration is a good way to be... and yes it's fun!!!
hannahfmuk
Mar. 23rd, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
How important is your computer to you?
My computer is ridiculously important to me. I need it for writing my thesis and since I joined eMusic.com last November I've downloaded so many mp3s that I mainly listen to music on my computer these days. And then there's my friends from online.

I can go without my computer when I'm on a trip or on a holiday, but if I'm at home I can't do without it. I guess it's become an addiction, but it doesn't seem to be destroying the rest of my life so I'm not about to seek treatment any time soon...
natesmountain
Mar. 24th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, the thesis, definitely very important use of the computer, for sure. And downloading music is very helpful. I agree on that one.

-it doesn't seem to be destroying the rest of my life so I'm not about to seek treatment any time soon...
Good plan. And that way we can keep chatting now and then, huh (if my Yahoo messenger monster settles down OMG!!!)!
moth2fic
Mar. 23rd, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
We already had a couple of ICT free days this week because bro-in-law's ISP was 'down'. I wasn't personally bothered but he was because he had crucial business transactions depending on it ...
My computer is very important to me but I can cope quite nicely offline - using writing and art software and reading stuff I've downloaded. And if I'm on holiday it can all wait! I definitely won't take the laptop to Spain! On the other hand, I'll be relying on computers in aircraft, airports, hotels, etc...Not to mention hospitals in case of emergncy. Oh, and there's some sort of computer in my car.
I didn't know about the day, anyway - who said it and why?
My mother and my father-in-law were both in their nineties when they died and it certainly wasn't as shocking as a younger person's death, but for both of them, the quality of life had gone steeply downhill. If they'd been enjoying themselves it might have felt different.
natesmountain
Mar. 24th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
-And if I'm on holiday it can all wait!
Well, that is probably the acid test! My friend is tempted to hide her husband's laptop just before they go on holiday because he can't live without it.

-Oh, and there's some sort of computer in my car.
Really? Wow!

-My mother and my father-in-law were both in their nineties when they died and it certainly wasn't as shocking as a younger person's death
True. And now that my friend's dad has had a fall, his quality of life might change dramatically, for the worse, I expect. We'll just have to wait and see.
moth2fic
Mar. 24th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Apparently modern cars have mini computers that control all sorts of electronic things like windows and ABS braking and automatic choke. Probably all just so that you have to take them to the garage every time a light blinks.
microjotz
Mar. 23rd, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
No,I am not dependent on my computer,not much,not often.Not really LOL

I have several friends with whom I exchange e mails daily and as I own a group and moderate in 2 others there would be a backlog to deal with after a day off. I prefer to do little and often at the computer,rather than wade through huge amounts.

We too had car free days in the 70s.I remember how furious people were then,but looking back it was good,and should be a regular occurence now,with the "hot house" problems.
natesmountain
Mar. 24th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
-No,I am not dependent on my computer,not much,not often.Not really LOL
Yeah, I don't see enough of you here *pout* !!! *g* But I know you're busy! And it does sound like you have a bit to do with all those groups and things. That's great. Little and often is very wise with the computer. Helps you get all those other things done... like housework *groan*!

Yeah, a car free day for everyone in the world could save the planet! Let's start a campaign... you go first... *g*
vivh
Mar. 24th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
I have a car free day most days... just don't take away the trains!!
natesmountain
Mar. 24th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
-I have a car free day most days
You do too!!!
We should run wind powered trolley buses here, huh!
vivh
Mar. 24th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
We should run wind powered trolley buses here, huh! LOL that conjures up a wonderful picture in my head!!
dani257
Mar. 23rd, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
ICT shutdown? What kind of horrific idea is that? It's as bad as the no tv week thing, if I'm understanding right. No thank you. There have been times when I've had to be without the computer and got by with only minimum foaming of the mouth. I see no reason to make myself when I don't have to. I do other things as well, so I'm not staring blankly at the screen 24/7. Why deprive myself? Let the fingers fly over the keyboards! Rev up those monitors. Open those websites! Don't give in to the man! *rebel*
natesmountain
Mar. 24th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
-ICT shutdown? What kind of horrific idea is that?
Hee! Yeah, I don't quite get what it's all about.

-There have been times when I've had to be without the computer and got by with only minimum foaming of the mouth.
Double hee!! Ours only goes down when I REALLY need it!

-Don't give in to the man! *rebel*
Heh, now there's a good motto. Let's hold onto that one!
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