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July 15, 2007

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Cell phones

1. How long have you had a cell phone? Four days
2. How much do you use it? A total of twelve minutes so far
3. Do you get jittery without it? Nope

Computers

1. How many computers in your house? Two -- a limping desktop and a seven-year-old laptop
2. How much time do you spend on the computer in a day? Varies with school -- at least an hour and usually more
3. How does the time break down? (work/play/email/blogs/etc.) Uhhh, who wrote these stupid questions?
4. If your computer malfunctions, do you-
1. Log in as root and fix the problem in a few swift keystrokes? No
2. Get some online help and fix it yourself with slightly slower keystrokes? I try sometimes.
3. Enlist outside help? from whom? How does he or she respond when you ask for assistance? My husband would like nothing better than for me to be able to log in as root and fix my problems with a few swift keystrokes.
4. Opt for the wishful thinking computer repair strategy, also known as the reboot-with-fingers-crossed strategy? Sssshhhh

Meta

1. What techno-gadget would you most like to own? I have to adjust to owning a cell phone before I think about any new acquisitions.
2. Of those you own (including PDA, iPod, etc.), which you miss most acutely if you dropped it in the lake accidentally while canoeing? No PDA, no iPod. The question was inspired by my worry that I might drop the cell phone in the lake yesterday while canoeing. Canoeing was lovely and neither the toddler nor the cell phone wound up in the lake.
3. What's something you'll never buy? (Careful with the nevers, though, says this brand new cell phone owner.) Yeah, tonight I'll just leave it at never say never.

You and my husband...he had to carry a beeper for work once, for about two months, and I though the was going to lose it. He much prefers to be unreachable. ;)

ahem, I'm a little more technology-dependent

Cell phones
1. How long have you had a cell phone?
Since autumn 2003.

2. How much do you use it?
Almost daily, for texting and calling. Not usually for hours at a time. If I've got a long phone call to make, I'm more likely to use my landline. It is useful for my job (organising conferences) since it's means I'm easily contactable.

3. Do you get jittery without it?
A little. Having said that, the last time I was without it, I had deliberately left it at home for a weekend away. I didn't actually miss it and it added to my feeling of getting away from the stresses of life.

1. How many computers in your house?
2, neither of which is mine.
2. How much time do you spend on the computer in a day?
At least 8 since I'm sat at front of it all day at work.
3. How does the time break down?
Mostly work, with all too frequent distractions to blog, check emails and otherwise play.
4. If your computer malfunctions, do you-
1. Log in as root and fix the problem in a few swift keystrokes?
2. Get some online help and fix it yourself with slightly slower keystrokes?
3. Enlist outside help? from whom? How does he or she respond when you ask for assistance?
4. Opt for the wishful thinking computer repair strategy, also known as the reboot-with-fingers-crossed strategy?

2, probably. Although since I'm at work, there's an IT bloke to call on.

Meta
1. What techno-gadget would you most like to own?
A decent laptop of my own. I'm thinking of a MacBook. Digital camera. I'd love a digital SLR, but in the real world, probably an Canon ixus.
2. Of those you own (including PDA, iPod, etc.), which would you miss most acutely if you dropped it in the lake accidentally while canoeing?
Well I'd miss my phone I suppose.

3. What's something you'll never buy? (Careful with the nevers, though, says this brand new cell phone owner.)
An iPod or other personal mp3 player. I prefer my music loud but not all enveloping. I don't like the way headphones cut you off from the world.

Bother, forgot to close a tag somewhere. But you get the idea.

Italics off! Thanks for playing.

I answered:
I thought I was a Luddite, but apparently not . . .

I'm going to use this in my blog tonight,ok?

We've had cell phones instead of a home phone line for 2+ years now. I almost always HAVE the phone with me (it's quite handy just in case), but I rarely answer it. I have no problem letting it go to voice mail 90% of the time. I have it set up to ring differently for certain people so I know that I should probably answer it sometimes. Honestly, I hate phones in general and would be happy to email everyone in the world.

We only have one desktop computer that's gotta be 5 or more years old. My husband's work got it for us. I spend waaaay too much time online every day~a couple hours at least. Shut up. I feel guilty enough.

I don't really have a lot of tech stuff~no PDA, no iPod. I still write my plans in pen on my paper calendar (ordered it myself and is filled with pictures of my kids from last year~sigh.). I do have a digital camera and our next computer will be a laptop. Those are handy.

After watching my 12 year old niece, I realized that I should learn how to text message before too long.

You've got it, I'll go do this right now.

ooo, fun! But I'm going to ignore the incrminating ones.

Cell phones

1. How long have you had a cell phone? I don't. Hate phones anyway, and cellphones are far too fragile and scary. Used to have one when I was a journalist, but nobody except my editor had the number - I just used it to call people. That's the only compromise I can live with.
2. How much do you use it?
3. Do you get jittery without it? got very jittery with it.

Computers
1. How many computers in your house? Two --my laptop and his.
2. How much time do you spend on the computer in a day? you mean, including emails? and counting surfing time? not answering. I'm in front of the damn thing all day except when I'm cooking or playing with the kid - far too long.
3. How does the time break down? (work/play/email/blogs/etc.) Uhhh, who wrote these stupid questions? yeah, who's the smart guy?
4. If your computer malfunctions, do you-
1. Log in as root and fix the problem in a few swift keystrokes? that's a joke, right?
2. Get some online help and fix it yourself with slightly slower keystrokes? oo, an even funnier joke!
3. Enlist outside help? from whom? How does he or she respond when you ask for assistance? i ask my husband, and he suggests # 4.
4. Opt for the wishful thinking computer repair strategy, also known as the reboot-with-fingers-crossed strategy?

Meta

1. What techno-gadget would you most like to own? I lust for an IPod. With unlimited music-shopping budget.
2. Of those you own (including PDA, iPod, etc.), which you miss most acutely if you dropped it in the lake accidentally while canoeing? My laptop. It has my life on it.
3. What's something you'll never buy? (Careful with the nevers, though, says this brand new cell phone owner.) Just one? How about this:
* liver
* a pink baby towel
* an electric can opener
* a hair dryer
* an ironing board

I've had a cell phone off-and-on for about five years now, mostly off. I've had only consistantly used a cell phone (we dropped our landline) for a year and a half, though. My husband is a big tech-head so we end up doing things like that because he wants it that way.

We have two computers--a laptop for P and a big computer for me. We don't have a tv, so P and I watch movies and podcasts on the big computer after the kids go to bed. We also keep all of our music and movies on it as well as our 5,000 digital photos (read above: husband is tech-head). This is so NOT the way I would ever have it--I think a five disc cd changer is pretty fancy--but there you have it.

I can spend a couple hours a day on the computer, but this varies quite a bit.

Our computer hardly EVER gets broken, but we have a mac and that explains quite a lot. When it does get mucked up, P fixes it. He's quite handy that way, but like I tell him, he only fixes the problems he creates by bringing this techy stuff in the house in the first place. I have to admit that I am quite attatched to my internet and get rather twitchy without it. This works in P's favor, though since I tolerate his tech-habits better because of my own dependency. He is, in many ways, my dealer.

As far as the techno-gadget that I would never own, I think that I could easily say "iPhone", but because I own the husband, you had better believe that our house already has one of these anyway. So much for "never".

Cell phones

1. How long have you had a cell phone? If you don't have one, why not? What would prompt you to get one?)
About three months--I resisted for several years before that, but the inconveniences of errand-running without one and the inaccessibility of long distance service in a college dorm room made the acquisition of a cell phone seem very, very attractive. I acquired my current phone from my little brother when a cross-country move required him to get a new plan.

2. How much do you use it?
Quite a bit, what with being in a long-distance relationship and all. Whoever came up with the idea of free minutes after 7:00 pm is a wonderful, wonderful person. It also helps me keep in touch with friends from school.

3. Do you get jittery without it?
Honestly (and I'm ashamed to admit this), yes, I do. I'm much more comfortable running errands for work or driving long distances if I know I have a way to get help in case of an emergency.

Computers

1. How many computers in your house?
In my parents' house, there are currently four people and six computers, but that's affected by my father's profession. In Arwen's house, where I'm currently residing, there are three, one for each of us.

2. How much time do you spend on the computer in a day?
Probably about an hour during the summer; much more during the school year what with taking notes and writing papers and doing research and all that good stuff.

3. How does the time break down? (work/play/email/blogs/etc.)
About 2/3 blogs and Facebook and 1/3 email.

4. If your computer malfunctions, do you-
1. Log in as root and fix the problem in a few swift keystrokes?
The swift keystrokes thing, I can do. That other stuff means nothing to me.
2. Get some online help and fix it yourself with slightly slower keystrokes?
Yeah. Right.
3. Enlist outside help? from whom? How does he or she respond when you ask for assistance?
Here we go! I call Daddy, because let's face it, why would I even try to fix my own computer when he works with them for a living? And sometimes I call the Dell tech support hotline and tell them that something's broken and they should come to my school immediately and replace my motherboard because I have a paper due on Tuesday and ALL OF MY NOTES ARE ON MY COMPUTER. Gotta love that on-site warranty!
4. Opt for the wishful thinking computer repair strategy, also known as the reboot-with-fingers-crossed strategy?
Mmmmm...well, I have been know to reboot with a few prayers thrown up to St. Jude, if that counts...but I usually end up reverting to Option #3.

Meta

1. What techno-gadget would you most like to own?
I don't know enough about specific gadgets to name one that actually exists, but I would love something that could function as a planner, email access point, and phone all at the same time. And would also make me waffles for breakfast on Saturday mornings. There's got to be something like that out there, right?

2. Of those you own (including PDA, iPod, etc.), which would you miss most acutely if you dropped it in the lake accidentally while canoeing?
Yikes...it's a toss-up between my iPod and my phone. I can't decide. This is a very uncomfortable question. I hope that's not a symptom of excessive attachment to technology...probably is. Darn it.
3. What's something you'll never buy? (Careful with the nevers, though, says this brand new cell phone owner.)
Probably an iPhone...I'm comfortable with slightly out-of-date technology like my third-generation iPod mini, because I know it works for me, but cutting-edge stuff like the iPhone always makes me uncomfortable because I feel like it has way more features than I'll ever actually use. I used a TI-89 in 11th-grade calculus, and while I love love loved that it had the capability to derive and integrate (is that the verb for doing an integral? I feel unsure about it), I was always upset by the knowledge that I was not using it to its fullest potential. Come to think of it, that's kind of how I feel about my Slivr...who seriously checks sports scores on their phone?

Thanks, that was fun!

WOW. That was the longest comment in the history of the world. Apparently, my garrulousness even manifests itself in the blogworld. I'm SO sorry about that.

Maggie, do not worry. If you ask people to answer fifteen questions in comments, it makes for long comments. LMK when you find your waffle-making gadget, okay?

Thanks for playing, everybody!

i'll get to it later, after work.

No idea how to put a link here - sorry, but as I've indicated in the meme, I'm technology-challenged.

http://terelina.typepad.com/the_secret_of_living/2007/07/cjs-technology-.html

My answers here
if I remembered the HTML, that is.
Otherwise search my blog.

Handy link to Tracy's post

Sigh; today it's a cell phone, tomorrow a giant-screen plasma TV. It's a slippery, slippery slope CJ ;)

I think you should continue with the middle-name theme and refer to your cell phone as "531".

(Consider this a second high-tech happy birthday.)

I did it! I posted! And I have you to thank! (With a little help from Tracy) ;-)

Hey CJ, you may want to check out a similar meme that I made up last year in February:
here. It's just way too long, but you may find it interesting. :)

I'll try to do yours when I find the time (I'm in Brazil at a conference) :)

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