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Internet access and hardware upgrades

I enjoy weekend trips such as the one last weekend where I know in advance that I won't have internet access and can relax knowing that it really doesn't matter if I check email or not. I enjoy that absense less when I don't have a choice in the matter and was counting on being in touch with friends and acquaintances this way. On the other hand, I probably read somewhat more yesterday than I would otherwise have done, thanks to that lack.

On Friday afternoon, one of C.'s hard drives started to fail. His system was therefore unstable, and so on Saturday, he bought a new hard drive. Hard drives decadently big things these days. It's now normal to have a 120 G hard drive, substantially larger than all the storage space of our current hard drives combined. Installing a new operating system is always time consuming, and C. used the new drive as a reason to change operating systems, so that, of course, meant he spent much of yesterday evening struggling with the system differences and how to keep the graphical interfaces from overwriting his manual changes. At the end of it, he could still save the data from the failing drive so, in the long run, this should all be well worth the time and changes. Thus, I couldn't mind too much being offline, since it was in the name of a good cause, and anyways, none of the email replies I was waiting on were actually urgent.

It's the absense of communication and convenience I miss most when I don't have internet access, but the same is true to non-electronic methods of communication. If I'm waiting for a letter, I miss the postal service on days with no delivery (and in Canada, there's no Saturday delivery.) I might not be much good with phone calls, but I miss telephone service when it's down because it means I can't make calls even if I wanted to. Whenever I go to my department to have lunch, I always hope there'll be company there, and increasingly there isn't, since there are no more classes. They're all a part of the same desire.


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Apr. 25th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
I didn't know there was no post on Saturdays. That's mildly depressing.

You need a mobile, so that you can text people. Do people do that in Canada?
Apr. 25th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)
The Canadian postal service was partially privatized some number of years ago as part of money-saving efforts. The infrastructure of the system (shuttling mail from place to place and delivering it) is still public, but all the postal outlets - places to send packages, buy stamps - are all in shops now. There's some convenience factor to this - that's why there's a post office in my local 7-11 and why a lot of the drug stores have postal outlets. No Saturday delivery, however, was part of the money-saving efforts, since delivery is still done by the central infrastructure part of the system.

Yes, they have mobiles and texting in Canada. It's about as widespread here as it is in the US (i.e. still much less common than in the UK.) I really liked having handy texting in the UK, but I've never had a mobile on this side of the ocean, in large part because not enough people use texting here. I always liked that feature better than being able to receive phone calls.
Apr. 25th, 2004 11:51 am (UTC)
I was a texting fiend in the UK; I got really used to it. I've managed to get two of my friends into it here in the States, but it's still nothing like the UK. I miss it, sort of. Plus, it's cheaper than actually calling someone.

I would take you to high tea today, but I'm still in CA.

What sort of clothes should I pack for a Toronto summer? I heard reports of muggy hotness.

Apr. 25th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
Muggy hotness is particularly true of July and August, but bring a light jacket, because evenings can be rather cool. I spend most of the summer in sundresses and shorts around here, with a warm shawl in my backpack usually. Bring a few warmer things (long sleeves etc.), just in case.
Apr. 25th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC)
I would love to go to high tea, especially if you had a car. Normally, I'm a fan of public transport, but today is really too windy, rainy, cool, and miserable to bother going outside otherwise. But... high tea... lovely nibble sweets and sandwiches...
Apr. 25th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
You sound lonely, owlfish! I know I'm one of the people who hasn't been around at school much lately, but I'm planning on changing that - as soon as I finish my final papers. I think I'm going to bring my LOTR Trivial Pursuit to school: wanna play sometime? And I would love to get together with you outside of school one of these days. Don't be lonely!
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