So, I know that I'm a little tied to my technology. The thought of going without email for even five minutes sends me into a cold sweat. So yesterday, I about had a panic attack. My work email - the address I use for just about everything - went down for about 3 hours. And when I say down I mean our provider couldn't even find a record of us.
An hour and a half later and after being hung up on twice they eventually found us and corrected the problem (we weren't the only ones with the problem). But for several hours I was lost. And what's worse, the emails that people sent me during that time are lost. Unrecoverable. I'll never see them again.
It's amazing how quickly we become dependent on technology. Cable TV, telephone service, cell phone service. It used to be electricity for cooking and heat and water for the necessities of survival were most important...now I don't think I could function without my cell phone. Heck, if the power and water were to go out I'd have no way of notifying our company without my cell phone.
So I was whining, complaining, and then saw a news story about the aftermath of Ike. I can't imagine being in Texas right now, suffering through that. In comparison, my lack of email was a niggling annoyance. Dealing with the loss of life and property, the lack of routine supplies and staples, now that is a real problem. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the storm.
What technology are you dependent on?
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