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MacManKrisK
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posted April 25, 2002 15:09     Click Here to See the Profile for MacManKrisK   Click Here to Email MacManKrisK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those of you that saw today's Oprah, you probably saw that totally cool geek dude, I was so impressed.

Today's show was about giving up something (if only for a short time). The first dude had to give up his wife for a weekend because he didn't appreciate how much she did, he thought she was "just a housewife." It didn't take more then a few hours for him to realize just how much she does around the house. Ha Ha, he SO needed it!

The second dude on the show was a total geek dude, and a Mac geek at that! His wife was on that whole "I feel like I'm the second woman in his life, his computers are his first love." Geez! Get over it, honey! They made him give up all his computers for a week. They actually came and took them away, all of them: the TiBook, the iMac, even the LC's, SE's, and PowerMacs in the garage! Then they almost disqualified him for reading a FileMaker Pro book when he wasn't supposed to be doing any computer stuff! This was totally harsh!

OOO...here's a question to ponder, could any of YOU go for a week without any of your computers?

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Stretching the boundries of....well, of something!

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Aiyana
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posted April 25, 2002 15:35     Click Here to See the Profile for Aiyana   Click Here to Email Aiyana     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I went without a computer just peachy for a week...granted, I was out on a yacht touring the Galapagos Islands with fellow biology students that whole week. But soon after we got back to the mainland to stay in Quito a couple days before heading to the rainforest, I did email home from an internet cafe. Which of course only had Windoze machines. ::gag::

So does that count, or does it have to be during a week of one's usual routine? If it's the latter, then no, I probably wouldn't make it.

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GameMaster
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posted April 25, 2002 18:42     Click Here to See the Profile for GameMaster   Click Here to Email GameMaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I might make it day... but I couldn't do it. I'm in front of them at least 12 hrs a day, most days closer 18...

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Geordie
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posted April 25, 2002 18:54     Click Here to See the Profile for Geordie   Click Here to Email Geordie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't gone on a real vacation for a few years, but when I have I had no problem leaving the computers behind.

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snupy
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posted April 25, 2002 19:58     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Aiyana:
I went without a computer just peachy for a week...granted, I was out on a yacht touring the Galapagos Islands with fellow biology students that whole week. But soon after we got back to the mainland to stay in Quito a couple days before heading to the rainforest, I did email home from an internet cafe. Which of course only had Windoze machines. ::gag::



This is off the subject, but-what were the Galapagos Islands like-I've always wanted to go.It must have been amazing.

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MightyJoeSakic
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posted April 26, 2002 02:11     Click Here to See the Profile for MightyJoeSakic   Click Here to Email MightyJoeSakic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One time when I was feeling really brave I managed to abstain from my computer for a full 347 counterstrike map cycles..... It was hard, but someone dared me. Ya know ya can't back down from a dare......

~Thom

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mackevin
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posted April 26, 2002 03:54     Click Here to See the Profile for mackevin   Click Here to Email mackevin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:

OOO...here's a question to ponder, could any of YOU go for a week without any of your computers?

Question: Does this include the iPod

mackevin

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macadddikt18
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posted April 26, 2002 05:31     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think i could go for a week. I will just go out of town. I have gone with out computers for weeks before. It is not hard.
Nayt

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Atmosphere
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posted April 26, 2002 08:03     Click Here to See the Profile for Atmosphere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think I could do it, if I were out of town at least. But I would have a boatload of email to sort through when I got back.

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Janeway
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posted April 26, 2002 08:16     Click Here to See the Profile for Janeway   Click Here to Email Janeway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've gone two or three days without being on the computer (when I was sick). For a week? Absolutely not. Torture! The Pain!!! Don't take away my best friend!!!!

BTW, I really wish I had seen that episode.

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codeonezero
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posted April 26, 2002 09:27     Click Here to See the Profile for codeonezero   Click Here to Email codeonezero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I went without a computer for two weeks. It was unintended seclusion.

I woke up one day, ready to use my performa 6116 and the screen wouldn't turn on!! Spinning hard drive sounds but no image on screen, everything was plugged in too.

I thought the computer was dead
After loathing my misfortune, I tried calling some mac computer repair place, only to be told they couldnt even give me a check list i could go through. The nerve of them trying to make me bring the computer down and take my money. It was sort of a shock, being so accustomed to getting free information and help on the internet.

I was broke so I couldnt even take it down. The guy said assessment of the problem could easily be $40.

It was a fustrating two-weeks. The public library had computers, but they're all windoze machine and all you can do is open up Netscape on them. (at least they have netscape instead of IE)

So what did I do? I took out my handy public library card, and got some books. Spent the two weeks doing nothing but reading Isaac Asimov sci-fi novels.

Meanwhile, fustrated with the unusable (for a geek) public library computers, I tried to see if i could get my computer to work.

Bored, i turned it on to see the same problem, quickly turned it off, and then on again. Somehow, something magical happened and I think the turning on, off, then on again jolted the system, and the screen light up with a happy mac screen

Shortly, my friend recommended I should get a new PRAM battery. I got one and everything worked fine. No more tricky magical incantations with the power button.

I have an iMac now, I'm planning to try going tomorrow without using it once. It can be inevitable, especially if my mom asks "can you look some information on cat care on the internet?"

Oh well, lets see how i fare.

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Sir Aureus
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posted April 26, 2002 11:54     Click Here to See the Profile for Sir Aureus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got back saturday from a week without even being within 100 feet of a computer. I went down to Kentucky and built a house for HOMES, inc. It was actually pretty cool and I didn't really miss my computers, although I am quite happy to be back on them now.

As long as you keep busy, it's not too hard to go a while without using a computer.

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platypus
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posted April 26, 2002 21:57     Click Here to See the Profile for platypus   Click Here to Email platypus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can stop any time I want....

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Rednivek
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posted April 27, 2002 07:17     Click Here to See the Profile for Rednivek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love my cube!

Dont take it away!

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snupy
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posted April 27, 2002 07:21     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was a good show, but come on-do you all really name your computers??? The guy on the show referred to his as Maclina!

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SupportGoddess
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posted April 27, 2002 10:52     Click Here to See the Profile for SupportGoddess   Click Here to Email SupportGoddess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
It was a good show, but come on-do you all really name your computers??? The guy on the show referred to his as Maclina!

Uh, Snupy, have you seen the Computer Names thread?

I could *not* go a week without my computer... never. I went to RI with my mom for a weekend, and was in a panic at the thought of no computer. I very nearly financed a laptop the night before. The only thing that stopped me was that I wouldn't have it in time.

I'm actually planning on going to Comdex in LV with a friend in the fall, however this hinges on me having portable computing. The Palm just wont cut it for that length of time. The "rescued" 386 laptop may be good enough though.

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DigitalBill
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posted April 27, 2002 13:15     Click Here to See the Profile for DigitalBill   Click Here to Email DigitalBill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, for daily stuff, no... I gotta have my TiBook. But you know, webmaster, database design, IT support guy... it's kinda my job.

For vacation, I go to the desolate Outer Banks of North Carolina... I take the TiBook of course, but I only take it out maybe twice all week, and only to check email.

Oh, and to watch a couple DVDs.

And, um, check out Joy of Tech.

=bd

But I didn't open ANY productivity apps! Really

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Charisma
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posted April 27, 2002 14:42     Click Here to See the Profile for Charisma   Click Here to Email Charisma     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I went for two weeks without any sort of electronic device whatsoever. No computer, no CD player, no watch.

Could any of you guys do THAT?

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snupy
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posted April 27, 2002 15:40     Click Here to See the Profile for snupy   Click Here to Email snupy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow...thanks for enlightening me, Goddess. I had no idea...
Does that mean I won't truly be a geek until I name my computer???
Actually, I do call it #*&%@!**&^[email protected] quite often

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Mathue
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posted April 27, 2002 17:42     Click Here to See the Profile for Mathue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I could go a week. Did so last year and am going to next month when I'm out of the country. I merely bring along books and start reading newspapers again.

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FatGnome
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posted April 27, 2002 18:04     Click Here to See the Profile for FatGnome   Click Here to Email FatGnome     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have gone for about 3 weeks each year for last 5 years. I like going on mission trips and that is how long the ones I have been on take. No computers anywhere around.

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macadddikt18
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posted April 27, 2002 21:43     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
mission trips are great. sometimes we have not had computers, but one one we did. i think it spoiled the whole trip, i mean a geek on a mission trip, and there is a computer, it changes everything.
nayt

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MacManKrisK
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posted April 28, 2002 19:31     Click Here to See the Profile for MacManKrisK   Click Here to Email MacManKrisK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mackevin:
Question: Does this include the iPod

mackevin


Yes. The dude on Oprah was to touch no computers nor computer-related things. He just had to go on with his life like usual, except for the computers.

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Xanthine
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posted April 29, 2002 21:32     Click Here to See the Profile for Xanthine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Charisma:
I went for two weeks without any sort of electronic device whatsoever. No computer, no CD player, no watch.

Could any of you guys do THAT?


Yeah, it's called moutaineering trips. But those days are done now that I have a digital altimeter!

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balanco01
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quote:
Originally posted by Aiyana:
I went without a computer just peachy for a week...granted, I was out on a yacht touring the Galapagos Islands with fellow biology students that whole week. But soon after we got back to the mainland to stay in Quito a couple days before heading to the rainforest, I did email home from an internet cafe. Which of course only had Windoze machines. ::gag::

So does that count, or does it have to be during a week of one's usual routine? If it's the latter, then no, I probably wouldn't make it.


I would have to say the latter

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macadddikt18
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posted May 03, 2002 11:44     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not sure i could make it a week under my normal life. I had to once, when my computer was getting fixed, it was horrible. But by the end of the week i was doing better. but going with out a computer for a week when you are on vacation or something is not as hard.
Nayt

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SupportGoddess
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posted May 04, 2002 18:27     Click Here to See the Profile for SupportGoddess   Click Here to Email SupportGoddess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by macadddikt18:
but going with out a computer for a week when you are on vacation or something is not as hard.

Yes it is! I'm miserable and cranky... I cant have any fun. I just mope along wishing that I had a computer.

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