Packing to go offline

I’m getting ready to head up to the family cottage for 10 days of eating, drinking, and making merry. We don’t actually head up for a couple of days, but I’ve already started packing. Not my clothes (note to self: laundry!), but information.

The cottage is offline. Ten days with no email, no search, and no feeds. Ten days without access to the information that has become an integral part of my life. I’m planning on using much of my time to brush up on my php and learn a little javascript. At home of at the office, that would entail reading a bunch of blogs, downloading various bits of code, trying out new editors, and following tutorials. But offline it’s a whole different matter.

This exercise of loading up my laptop with weeks worth of content brings into focus just how caught in the net I’ve become. The web has become an extension of my brain. I no longer remember facts, but rather I track their source. I don’t keep client notes on my machine, but on a hosted web service. I don’t buy magazines anymore, instead I get the info straight from the source.

I hadn’t noticed just how dependent on the net I’d become. Interesting, and a bit scary.

Suffice it to say that things will be a bit quiet over here for a bit. I wish all of you the very best. Here’s to you and yours!

3 thoughts on “Packing to go offline”

  1. Hi, just stumbled upon your site for the first time. Love it!

    Reading that article triggered pangs of recognition with me. On a holiday to France earlier this year, I took my laptop with me to work on a novel (which I’ve still not finished, incidentally), and caught myself on several occasions loading up Firefox, only to be presented with a connection error, which had much to do with the fact that I was in a fairly isolated countryside house.

    It’s funny how you get into a routine for even the smallest things, like the automatic clicking of Outlook Express, Firefox and Messenger, and always in that order.

    Another thing I was half-joking about with a friend the other day was how when you work 9-5 in front of a pc, and come home to one for a few hours in the evening, you become so accustomed to focusing your eyes 12 inches or so from your face, that when it gets to 10am on a computer-free weekend you notice you’re having to adjust your eyesight to get used to the wider surroundings!

  2. Ben – I was just complaining to my wife last night that my eyes, which have always been excellent, were having a really hard time focussing on the tv. I’m sure sitting this close to the monitor all day can NOT be a good thing…

  3. I’ve been so Internet-dependent myself that whenever any word or concept sounds vague to me I imagine myself typing “define: whatever” on Google’s browser even when I’m in a convo with my friends, replete with my fingers moving like there’s a keyboard beneath them. :-)

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