Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Technology

It's interesting how dependent we are on technology these days. Today at work, I tried to send my the project lead and email to give him a status of several outstanding action items when the message wouldn't send. I clicked on my browser and tried to hit the college website, and I got an error.

I'd just talked to the head of IT at the coffee machine and he didn't say anything about the network being down. In fact, he was on his way out the door to one of the outlying campuses.

When I stepped down to the technology lab, everyone was scurrying around like mice on a sinking ship.

Apparently, someone had accidentally cut one of the provider's fibers and the entire network for the college was in the dirt.

Heading back to my office, I busied myself making calls and doing my case notes. When I finished that, I pulled my coffee mug from the drawer and headed back to the break room for another cup of coffee.

Down in the technology lab, things were frantic but all the excitement in the world is not going to splice a cut fiber optic cable any faster, so I went back to my office and did some non-technological planning.

At one point, when I paused to collect my thoughts, I realized that years ago much of my work involved doing things of a non-technological nature. As I looked out the window as students eating lunch in the courtyard, they were unaffected by the outage. They were reading books, and talking face to face.

At noon, I locked my office and went to a Chamber of Commerce meeting. It was a good diversion and the speaker was from the Community Foundation and his talk was inspirational.

After lunch, I worked for a while longer preparing for a workshop next week, and then I headed home. When I walked out there was still a rumble coming from the technology lab. Maybe they'll have the network up by morning. I'm hoping the tech-gods were with them this evening.


Foxtail grass at the edge of my garden

11 comments:

  1. We are lost when we don;t have things that no one had 15 years ago.

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  2. I live with technology, but honestly I like 'Foxtails, Cattails even Dog tails better.

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  3. Technology seems to own us doesn't it? I try and step away whenever I can. Love its benefits, but resent its insistence...

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  4. I just love that expression 'down in the dirt' - it's one of the wonders of blogging; people in different countries use different expressions.

    And a beautifully back lit photo.

    Alphie

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  5. Little did we realize when we were younger that this science fiction would become such an integral necessity to our lives.

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  6. All we want is something that works & what we get is technology!!

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  7. Yes we depend on technology so much and what is sad is that some young people are at a loss when they don't have technology to help them do things I am not one of them as I am not that young any more

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  8. We are so lost when the technology goes tits up. We are so lost because everything shuts right down and we look like lost little puppies and forget that we can actually talk with people and laugh, play a game or read an actual book

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  9. Technology cannot replace the spirit and quality of human beings.Look at your country, America. She's got the highest technology in the world, and yet she got stuck in places like Vietnam, Afganistan, Iraq - unable to win a war.

    I read somewhere the other day that in Chicago , there were 500 killings during year 2016. Well, what good is technology for if a major city is so far from civilization.

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  10. Technology cannot replace the spirit and quality of human beings.Look at your country, America. She's got the highest technology in the world, and yet she got stuck in places like Vietnam, Afganistan, Iraq - unable to win a war.

    I read somewhere the other day that in Chicago , there were 500 killings during year 2016. Well, what good is technology for if a major city is so far from civilization.

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  11. I love technology but... we need to learn to let it go from time to time... I think we all need a break from it to remember as great as it is... it isn't the everything. xox

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