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8:55 pm on Feb 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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When the time comes that you're not working on the internet anymore or are retired, are you still going to spend a lot of your time online?

For me, I could quite happily go weeks without going online. I'm online all the time now, but it's business stuff. Take away the business, and while we will still have internet access at home, I figure I'll use it to do research about once a month, and maybe check emails every couple of weeks (if it's urgent, I have a cell phone that is occassionally turned on).

I'm pretty sure I could comfortably live weeks without access and look forward to it. I don't dislike the internet, it's just become synomymous with work.
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Its replaced newspapers and tv news for me, so yes. By the time I'm retired I'm sure the internet will be impossible to escape.

I do like getting away from the computer sometimes, almost to the point where I wouldn't mind selling off my sites and being done with it all.
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I learn so much from the internet that it will always be part of my reading an entertainment. If I didn't have the internet to learn from, I'd be a hi-lo driver right now.

Not that a hi-lo driver is bad, but I've been able to drive my career further with a Google U education then many of my peers with formal educations.

Knowledge is power, and for all the crap on internet, there is is just as much to learn about and better yourself by.

I do like to get away though.
9:36 pm on Feb 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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yep. done with it. currently i sit at this damn life stealer 8 hrs a day. i usually spend an hour at home. catching up on personal stuff.

after this is over... done... im going on the ultimate man sports trip... visiting every baseball stadium i can.
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If I didn't have the internet to learn from, I'd be a hi-lo driver right now.

Not that a hi-lo driver is bad, but I've been able to drive my career further with a Google U education then many of my peers with formal educations.


I could have written your post, Edacsac.

Now it took less than 5 seconds to mirror your user name ;)

Until about 30 years of age, I had a few skills: short order cook , bartender, taxi driver. I used to dream of what an indoor sit-down office job must be like.

Fortunately, in the early 1980's, computers started to make inroads into general office environments. Most computer gurus at the time came from Computer Science backgrounds and didn't readily adapt to typical business needs.

After looking at the BASIC code in my TI 99-4A, to my surprise, I realized I could understand the stuff so I bluffed my way into other programming languages and a nice little niche.

Then came a programmer/analyst career. Then came the Internet. Then I entered a college classroom for the first time at 40 and came out educated. Then came chronic illness that's left me pretty much housebound, often unable to get to the keyboard for long periods.

I'm thankful that I need not rely on a paltry disability check and can keep gainfully employed from home (more or less).

I don't foresee retirement while I'm alive and can still think, but it's all good.

If you love what you do, it ain't work, IMO.

This vast, ever changing realm is more akin to a retirement pursuit like golf -- had things turned out differently anyway. I'm a lucky guy!

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For the non Americans ..
What is a hi-lo ?
9:41 am on Feb 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What is a hi-lo ?

Another C list actress who I have never heard of?

A quick look at Google suggests a fork lift.
9:42 am on Feb 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I think everything will blend to such a degree that most things will be online and you wont be able to escape - such as your cellphone and TV etc...
1:37 pm on Feb 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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When it's over, are you still going to use the internet?

Not unless my refusal to believe in life after death is mistaken, and even then only vicariously via a seance.
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Not unless my refusal to believe in life after death is mistaken, and even then only vicariously via a seance.


Install the BETA version of Google Heaven. The real-time feed may just change your belief system ;)

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To paraphrase Mark Twain - If google heaven existed it would be stuffed full of the sort of people that nobody would want to hang round with.

The Internet could be a form of afterlife though, if enough information about an individual is recorded there then that individual will never really cease to exist (until the the host pulls the plug or the descendants stop paying the hosting fees or a massive change in technology happens)
5:20 pm on Feb 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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after this is over... done... im going on the ultimate man sports trip... visiting every baseball stadium i can.


If that's your dream, don't wait.

Working online can lead to crazy hours sometimes, but the flip side of that is that many online workers don't need to be place-bound. They can do their work from anywhere as long as they can plug in and log on.

Get organized for mobility, then get mobile. Plan some travel that lasts for a week or two and go visit a few stadiums NOW.
5:37 pm on Feb 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I am too depended on it, even for my day to day life.

Personal banking, local searches, those moments when a group of people start to argue about the true lyrics to a song, when I was a kid we would settle those arguments with a call to a radio station or an old teacher, now we Google and move on to the next topic.

My retirement plan includes a boat and as many ports as I can hit up. But if I don't have Internet I don't know what I will do. I am fine for a few days, but there is too much good stuff out there for me to be disconnected for long periods of time. Plus if I am away from family, an internet connection is the best and easiest way to update them all and to keep in touch.
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When it's over, are you still going to use the internet?

There's (literally) about 65 years before I retire... There might not even be an internet by then :/ It might be last year's toy gathering dust in the cupboard.
4:38 pm on Feb 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The web is going to be everywhere. We will not be able to flush our toilet without going online.
4:55 pm on Feb 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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"I don't dislike the internet, it's just become synomymous with work."

It seemed that you are saying what i have been trying to tell myself for a long time.
When i am not working but i am at home or office, i still spend few hours on internet- news, emails etc. OR just reading. But when i am forced to go out, i enjoy a lot when i am away from laptop and internet.
 

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