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[Comments] (3) : Ah, sweet Internet. So full of lies. What would I do without you?


Posted by Sumana at Tue Jan 31 2006 13:37

Clarification: Leonard now has net access in his apartment. His post isn't just a random love note.

Posted by Jarno Virtanen at Tue Jan 31 2006 15:17

I had this semi-radical quasi-intelligent idea the other day that what if you used the Internet as kind of giant easy-to-access library type of thing. You know, when you're puttering around with whatever problem you happen to have at the time and need some sort of extra information or help or what have you, you'd go to a computer with Internet access and sort out the specific goal you had and leave it with that. You'd go on with your life and all and the next time you had a similar need, well, go to the Internet and figure it out.

(So the default would be like no Internet connection with whatever you're doing: knitting, programming, reading, watching movies, whatever.)

Instead of that, we have essentially the situation where people think that a computer with no Internet access is not actually a computer. It's a useless pile of random metallic crap, at best. All that it is needed for is to "be connected". That it allows you to be in touch with the happenings of your friends, of your community, of the world. And not in some retrospective way, like pondering about past happenings, but in a way that freshness is the most important aspect of anything. Anything new is better than anything old.

I mean, you have piles of old emails floating around, but you keep waiting for new to arrive. (Refreshing your inbox, that is.) You've accumulated a massive pile of unread stuff, but you keep checking out if there's anything new in your news reader or that cool news site. You've already got enough resources to go about actually doing something (like, say, programming or writing), but you just keep searching for new stuff with Google.

All of which is mostly irrelevant to anything important in our lives. I mean, they _could_ be relevant to our lives, like normal social interaction and stuff, but in practice rarely are.

Well, sure, I know that our lives are beginning move into the Internet, and then that previous claim is contradiction in terms, but I think we should somehow prevent that. It's ridicilous and if we don't realize that soon enough, we end up in a vicious circle that we aren't aware of and are having hard time escaping.

But then I woke up and realized that I was just hallucinating. Forget it.

Posted by Leonard at Tue Jan 31 2006 22:25

I was able to get a lot more work done than I thought w/o access to the Internet. I couldn't look stuff up very easily or install new pieces of software, but I got over ten recipes done. So it's not like "without the Internet my productivity tripled!" but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

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