Our Digitally Connected Lives

I love technology, I’m a gadget guy, aren’t most guys? I enjoy all kinds of technology, from iPods to manual winding pocket watches to built in generator flashlights. All forms of technology that are each amazing in their own ways when you stop and think about it. My pocket watch for example, one that I purchases in Scotland, has all the gears and cogs on display as they whirrrr, click, and tock around. I like the sort of technology that doesn’t require ‘plugin’ electricity just cause at some point should we have a big outage of power, I don’t want ALL our stuff to stop working, as is often the case with most in that situation. Such is the world we live in, we don’t realize just how many things rely on electricity.

If the power goes out, do you have heat? Likely not if you have an oil furnace. Do you have hot water? probably not again as that is electric or oil based, do you have a set of candles when your lights don’t turn on? Does your water even work? In the case of a well, it likely depends on a pump. Does your phone work? These days many phones are Internet based ones, VOIP, so if the power goes out, you may find your phone doesn’t work either, especially if all your phones are handhelds that require the base unit to have electricity. Pretty much everything you can think of requires electricity, what would happen if you didn’t have electricity for a couple days??

Something to think about anyways, we are SO not ready for any natural disasters. And I bring this around to my love for Macs, for gadgets, for my iphoto album and my movies (all digital). What would I do without computers to show them to me? People don’t usually keep hardcopies of photos anymore, they just keep them on their PC or Mac. Granted either could be lost in a fire or something but still, if an EMP were to explode a few KMs in the sky and take out the North American power grids, where would we be? I’m all over the place 😀 I suppose to illustrate where we are these days with all our technology, how much we rely on it, depend on it for daily activities. Case in point, I work from home, if the Internet goes down, I can’t work – granted, in this case even if I was able to go to the office, if the Internet is down, we still can’t really work 😛 Our whole company is technology based and reliant.

One thing I look forward to as we buy a house is the option for wood heat, good ole wood heat that doesn’t require electricity – no, its not a pellet furnace and it doesn’t require a blower to push the air (although a fan often helps efficiency). I like the thought of just being a little bit more self sufficient, if a big storm blows in (and apparently we haven’t seen anything yet for a PEI winter, woohoo, bring it on!), I want to still be warm and have Internet (thanks to UPS’s).  In Ontario, we really didn’t have to worry about power outages, they didn’t happen often and most were only brown outs anyways. We’ve received a fair number of brownouts and ‘hits’ in Kensington. I know because I’m sitting right beside my UPS all day every day for work and I hear it click on and off as the drops are registered and accounted for. btw, I would recommend anybody with a PC or laptop have a UPS available to condition the power!

Another backup, albeit a small system right now, is my solar hot air and solar electricity projects, on youtube. Are we self sufficient? Nope, do we have the knowledge and the ability, definitely!

Necessity is the mother of invention!

Alright, thats all for today on our technology based world.

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