How Much Do I Really Need the Web?

The power just came back on here.

It was out for under 10 minutes and looked like it took out most of my ZIP Code as everything south of us was dark, but on the north side of Route 9 the lights were still shining. The only thing that was lighting the room when the power went out was the display on my laptop.

Power goes out, battery kicks in.

My first thought is, “Well… at least I’ll have something to do while the power’s out.” Except, of course, you need power to run the wifi. Power to run the modem. Power to get to the damnable internet!

My second thought, after the brief trip to “oh, duh” was, “Well… this computer is useless now.”

This $1200 computer, with thousands of dollars of software on it was useless with the power out. Because I couldn’t get web access.

How much to I really need the web? Apparently really really.


  1. Heh, when I was growing up in the tropics, we used to have regular blackouts. I used to like it because it was the only time the TV would be off for several hours and I could play the piano in peace.

    It made buying my current electric piano a big decision, cos I wouldn’t be able to even play *that* the next time the power goes …

  2. Living out in the sticks, we have regular power outages – half an hour last week, just as I was sitting down to start working in the evening. Still, it was an opportunity to explain to the kids what power is, and get them to think about why our phones and their toys still worked but the TV didn’t.

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