Head in a blender

Does anyone hate their mobile devices?

Andy Pedisich  March 16 2008 05:22:38 PM
I was just doing some weekend musing.  And I got to thinking about the fact that we are so damned connected, all the time, constantly.  

Not all of "us", certainly.  There are plenty of people who are outside of this technological realm for a myriad of reasons.

Perhaps is was this recent article in our local newspaper that put me over the top.  It's about PENDOT putting a bunch of cameras along the major routes.  

Or perhaps it was hearing from a friend that they were going to open a dog day care operation where people could log-in over the Internet and watch their dogs at play.

It's a bit of a Pandora's box.  Once you get the access, can you go back to the way it was?  Back to the pre-twitter, pre-Planet Lotus, pre-mobile device world and have a bit of a rest?  Is there anyone who secretly wishes that they weren't quite so "available" all the time?  I've talked to a couple of people who say, "Yeah, but I can always turn the bloody thing off!"

Nuff said.  But do you really turn it off?  Ever?

- Andy


1Chris Toohey  3/17/2008 3:23:50 PM  Does anyone hate their mobile devices?

If I don't immediately address something, it'll just be waiting for me in the morning. As will my typical morning work. This "emergency", which may very well SHOULD wait, will ultimately impact my day, and thus it's sometimes better just to grab the laptop and get things done right then and there.

I think this really depends on not the specific type of work that you do, but the role that you have. Can anyone else do what you do? Can anyone else do the stuff that you *should* be doing while you're dealing with this latest nightmare? If the answer is "no" to either, and especially to both, you either jam on it or you get behind...

In the grande scheme of things, I'd rather be busy than "in the weeds", so I'm more apt to never shut the damned thing off!

2Aurora  3/27/2008 10:41:42 AM  Does anyone hate their mobile devices?

The answer is: yes, absolutely. That's why I don't own a cellphone, a pager, a Blackberry, or a tv. Since I'm a sysadmin, I have a cellphone that my job requires me to carry...but I don't use it for anything other than work, and I'm planning on keeping it that way.

My home phone is an unlisted number, which is only given out under solemn vows of secrecy, and I refuse to answer the phone, unless I'm expecting a call.

I do have email, and rely on it heavily, and as an avid reader, and a photographer, I rely on the internet and my computer in general--but I don't use IM, nor do I belong to any social networking sites--so the only real "socializing" I do online is via comments on my website, my journal, and my photographs--and on other people's blogs, like this. ;)

Even that can get overwhelming, though, and it's not uncommon for me to refuse to open my email or the internet for a week or so, just to give myself a break. :)