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Technology takes over our lifes

Sounds like all of us.

Da Gunny
31 Signs That Technology Has Taken Over Your Life:
      -- Joe Mullich, American Way Magazine, Nov. 94

1.  Your stationery is more cluttered than Warren Beatty's address book.
    The letterhead lists a fax number, e-mail addresses for two on-line
    services, and your Internet address, which spreads across the breadth of
    the letterhead and continues to the back.  In essence, you have conceded
    that the first page of any letter you write *is* letterhead.

2.  You have never sat through an entire movie without having at least one
    device on your body beep or buzz.

3.  You need to fill out a form that must be typewritten, but you can't
    because there isn't one typewriter in your house -- only computers with
    laser printers.

4.  You think of the gadgets in your office as "friends," but you forget
    to send your father a birthday card.

5.  You disdain people who use low baud rates.

6.  When you go into a computer store, you eavesdrop on a salesperson
    talking with customers -- and you butt in to correct him and spend the
    next twenty minutes answering the customers' questions, while the
    salesperson stands by silently, nodding his head.

7.  You use the phrase "digital compression" in a conversation without
    thinking how strange your mouth feels when you say it.

8.  You constantly find yourself in groups of people to whom you say the
    phrase "digital compression."  Everyone understands what you mean, and
    you are not surprised or disappointed that you don't have to explain it.

9.  You know Bill Gates' e-mail address, but you have to look up your own
    social security number.

10. You stop saying "phone number" and replace it with "voice number,"
    since we all know the majority of phone lines in any house are plugged
    into contraptions that talk to other contraptions.

11. You sign Christmas cards by putting :-) next to your signature.

12. Off the top of your head, you can think of nineteen keystroke symbols
    that are far more clever than :-)

13. You back up your data every day.

14. Your wife asks you to pick up some minipads for her at the store and you
    return with a rest for your mouse.

15. You think jokes about being unable to program a VCR are stupid.

16. On vacation, you are reading a computer manual and turning the pages
    faster than everyone else who is reading John Grisham novels.

17. The thought that CD could refer to investment finance or music rarely
    enters your mind.

18. You are able to argue persuasively that Ross Perot's phrase
    "electronic town hall" makes more sense than the term "information
    superhighway," but you don't because, after all, the man still uses
    hand-drawn pie charts.

19. You go to computer trade shows and map out your path of the exhibit
    hall in advance.  However, you cannot give someone directions to your
    house without looking up the street names.

20. You would rather get more dots per inch than miles per gallon.

21. You become upset when a person calls you on the phone to sell you
    something, but you think it's okay for a computer to call and demand
    that you start pushing buttons on your telephone to receive more
    information about the product it is selling.

22. You know without a doubt that disks come in five-and-a-quarter and
    three-and-a-half inch sizes.

23. Al Gore strikes you as an "intriguing" fellow.

24. You own a set of itty-bitty screwdrivers and you actually know where
    they are.

25. While contemporaries swap stories about their recent hernia surgeries,
    you compare mouse-induced index-finger strain with a nine-year-old.

26. You are so knowledgeable about technology that you feel secure enough
    to say "I don't know" when someone asks you a technology question
    instead of feeling compelled to make something up.

27. You rotate your screen savers more frequently than your automobile tires.

28. You have a functioning home copier machine, but every toaster you own
    turns bread into charcoal.

29. You have ended friendships because of irreconcilably different opinions
    about which is better: the track ball or the track pad.

30. You understand all the jokes in this message.  If so, my friend,
    technology has taken over your life.  We suggest, for your own good,
    that you go lie under a tree and write a haiku.  And don't use a laptop.

31. You email this message to your friends over the net.  You'd never get
    around to showing it to them in person or reading it to them on the
    phone.  In fact, you have probably never met most of these people

Christopher Barkley                                       The DarkMage
barkley@cse.ogi.edu                    http://www.cse.ogi.edu/~barkley
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