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    What would you do without the internet?

    We just had about 30 minutes here at work where the internet was down. Our business doesn't even rely on the internet except for external email delivery (internal flows fine without it). Even so, for that 30 minutes the majority of people in the office just downed tools, wandered around, socialized etc and got nothing done. It seems the mindset has become that they can't work without the internet, even when they don't need to use it! The modern day safety blanket!

    We've had the same 'completely lost feeling at home. Comcast (who suck) gave us no connection for about 2 days a while back after they totally stuffed up a server upgrade. Since we use a VOIP phone and keep in steady contact with family back in Australia, we had no lines of communication out of the country - just cell phones.

    So it got me to thinking: how would your life be without the internet?

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    VERY BORING!!!! No, it would leave more time for s*x, loving your love ones, riding the bike and actually enjoying life!!!

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    For one thing, I'd be forced to go to the library to do any kind of research. I'd also be extremely bored at work, as I spend way too much time on the 'net just to pass the time.

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    I'd be having more sex, drinking more beer and smoking more pot. Please kill the internet.

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    Well, I've only been using the internet for the last ten years or so.

    No such thing when I was a kid...or even a young adult.

    We had to go outside and ride our bikes and skateboards without helmets. We climbed trees too. We played football in the street.

    We had to write thank-you notes on paper, address an envelope, buy a stamp and send them off. I wrote a real, live letter to my grandma every week.

    Having said all that...I could do without the internet, but I would miss the ease at which you can do research. Of course, I'd also miss all my friends on Bike Forums!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eubi
    Well, I've only been using the internet for the last ten years or so.
    Not to troll, but reasonalbe internet access has only been around for the last 15 years. You're actually a cyberspace verteren.
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    My life might actually be productive if there was no internet.

    What a scary thought....

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    I'll have been "online" for ten years this September.
    I remember I could see the connection protocol text output on the screen back then.
    First use of the WWW was around two months later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubacca
    ....we had no lines of communication out of the country - just cell phones.
    A particularly American middle class perspective
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubacca
    We just had about 30 minutes here at work where the internet was down. Our business doesn't even rely on the internet except for external email delivery (internal flows fine without it). Even so, for that 30 minutes the majority of people in the office just downed tools, wandered around, socialized etc and got nothing done. It seems the mindset has become that they can't work without the internet, even when they don't need to use it! The modern day safety blanket!

    We've had the same 'completely lost feeling at home. Comcast (who suck) gave us no connection for about 2 days a while back after they totally stuffed up a server upgrade. Since we use a VOIP phone and keep in steady contact with family back in Australia, we had no lines of communication out of the country - just cell phones.

    So it got me to thinking: how would your life be without the internet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by webist
    A particularly American middle class perspective
    I remember when my dsl went down 2 years ago for about a day, god it was horrible. It was like living in the dark ages, I had to connect my laptop to my cell phone and run my connection through sprintpcs cellular internet, only 115kbps, it was horrible...

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    I would still be running my bbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonD
    For one thing, I'd be forced to go to the library to do any kind of research. I'd also be extremely bored at work, as I spend way too much time on the 'net just to pass the time.

    - Don
    That's assuming your library has hard copies of the journals or publications you need.
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    id have to go to the video store for porn .damn!

    what some body had to say it

    ha

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    My workplace would be unproductive. That actually happened a few times when we were on a crappy ISP... no fun running on dial-up there for the day. Some days we don't have jobs that need to download things, but only on days when the internet is fine.

    At home, I'd just play games and get bored with them, then do something else. No big deal - in fact, I might make some pretty cool stuff in POVRay/Terragen/Photoshop if I had a lot of time where I felt creative and didn't have anywhere to compose posts and chat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabana 4 life
    id have to go to the video store for porn .damn!

    what some body had to say it

    ha
    hmmm...good point. ...well sort of...depends on how far back. bbs's stored porn long before the 'inet'

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    I usually read, ride, play soccer, explore, play guitar, or look for other people when the internet goes down. So I guess it's actually a good thing. I recall one time, though, when the power went out on campus, and the weather was crappy. Not only was there not internet, there was no video games because there was no power, and I didn't play guitar back then. So I wandered out into the hallway of my dorm and there were about a dozen people wandering around with dazed looks. Well, socializing seemed better than homework at the time, so I put on a dazed look and joined them.
    "The internet is a place where absolutely nothing happens. You need to take advantage of that." ~ Strong Bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    Not to troll, but reasonalbe internet access has only been around for the last 15 years. You're actually a cyberspace verteren.
    Oh, well now I can be cocky. I published my first web page in '97 or so. All HTML...what a hassle!

    I'm still amazed at how many engineers at my work can't find information on the internet, and come to me to do it for them.

    Or maybe they're just getting me to do their work for them?

    D'oh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by webist
    A particularly American middle class perspective
    Perhaps a middle class perspective, but we are what we are . Company provided cell phones aren't the best things to make international calls on...

    But a particularly american perspective? You need to get out more... the whole world uses and relies on cellular phones more than you might think. In countries I've been to in Latin America, people are much more reliant on cell phones than americans are.

    Rasies another valid question, though... cellular phones have become such an ingrained part of life these days - I know my job would be extremely difficult without one now that I've come to rely on it. Now that we're used to them, what would we do without them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eubi
    I'm still amazed at how many engineers at my work can't find information on the internet, and come to me to do it for them.

    Or maybe they're just getting me to do their work for them?

    D'oh!
    Not all that different to life on internet forums, eh? Google will get you the information, but some people prefer to have someone else find it for them...

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    our work mentality is the same way. at home however, i just had to get rid of my computer. i barely have time for riding and sleeping as it is, and the computer just wasn't doing me any favors at home. so, when i recently moved i tossed the whole machine in the trash. felt great to get rid of it.

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    I'd have to find a new job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadbuzz
    Relying on Buycycling Magazine for cycling tips and advice.
    Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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