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Significant Other and Time on PC?

1:07 pm on May 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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How many run into a problem with their S/O and the amount of time they spend in front of the computer?
I know I get a lot of pouts and grumbling when I spend a lot of time on here and the minute I turn the darn contraption off and he has my full attention he'll wander off and go do something else, leaving me frustrated and wondering what the heck is going on.
If I have my headphones on and music blaring creating sites I am in my element and feel 100% normal.
Seems I am in a minority among friends, but I love my PC, but don't neglect other facets of my life..
How do you deal with your S/O and their resentment of the PC?
6:25 pm on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've been converting my SO :o)

I'm quite happy to sit and code, tweak network, learn linux systems etc.

Whereas my SO will quite happily sit and play games such as spelldown (on yahoo games) and i will be teaching her in the near future to build her own website.

It doesn't get in the way at all infact it mostly gives us much to talk about, learn etc.

Weekends are pretty much set aside for minimal geeking...well they are now as i finally got the home network up and stable...give or take some minor samba tweaks for when i'm in linux mode :)

8:59 pm on May 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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We work together from a home office so we both spend quite a bit of time online and otherwise engaged in front of a PC. For us it's not a problem - we share interesting sites, threads, and such - and since what we're doing (generally) eventually affects the bottom line - it's okay, although some stuff is completely for fun. That said, you do have to make time to get away from it, but in our case, we're usually pretty together on when that is and do it.

Our 6 year old wants to do what we do for a living - he's got his own pc on our network and has been using a pc since he was around 3. Now he visits Disney and Nick, tomorrow, who knows? ;)


2:16 am on May 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My husband's a house husband. As long as he gets to stay home and not work, he doesn't care how much time I spend in front of a computer screen. :)

So's mine - as well as being nearly 70. He doesn't even know how to turn on my machine. He's retired and has a decent retirement income coming in; I work a day job for the time being to save up some bucks for a trip to Germany next year; and I make a little using my machine at home. He's fine with it, as long as I manage to "break away" to ride the horses when the weather is nice, go elk hunting, deer hunting, and bird hunting in the fall, and go to bed at a decent hour (for him - I only need about 4 hours a night, but he has to have 8 - 10) on a fairly regular basis.

He has ZERO interest in computers. But as long as I'm happy, he's happy, mostly. It wasn't necessarily easy getting to this point though - but then, after 28 years of marriage, MOST edges should be rounded off, I think!

12:36 pm on May 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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For me it goes something like this:

Her: 'What are you doing?'
Me: 'Working'
Her: 'Are you going to finish soon?'
Me: 'Well, I've got a lot to do'
Her: 'What are you working on'
Me: 'A website'
Her: 'But that's not a website you are developing. You are always looking at that same site'
Me: 'Yeah, I'm learning stuff'
Her: 'Oh'

12:41 pm on May 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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He he he!

Anyone remember wich member made his company intranet look like WebmasterWorld, so he appears to be working?

1:17 am on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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used the domain name I had bought. So now as far as I'm concerned the domain is ruined as it got Googled with this stupid Sim site on it.

My guess is this site gets a lot of traffic and you can use it to your advantage.

My son worked 4 hours a day and wasted the rest of his time playing Ultima Online. Thought I would never get him self supporting and out of the house. He got a job as tech support for Ultima and moved 200 miles away. Yippie!

My son and I argued because he wanted to put that stupid MIRC chat software on my computer back in 1995. HA. He never got me offline again to use the phone. I would give him quarters and tell him to go to the corner. I met a photoshop teacher in Greece and we started a photoshop channel. Wasted a good year of my life there. Wasted? Well I learned about web design and started a part time biz. Between that and my affiliate sites I now make as much part time as I do at my full time job. Good thing I have no SO. I spend too much time on the computer. I also used to waste time making stupid graphics for free. That is learning too!

Sims is a popular game.. you can make something of that domain!

10:29 am on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Teach your SO how to play counterstrike =]
5:40 pm on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Dang it! I'm sure glad someone posted this topic!
I went upstairs just now to ask my s/o and found
out she left me 3 weeks ago!
No wonder theres never any coffee!

The (crazy) Water Mammal

11:41 pm on May 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It has been my experience that finding a man who can deal with the fact that you make more money and you have a fun job is difficult.

About 5 years ago my mother started earning considerably more money than my father. It was no problem at all.
We where only joking that she always spent more money, therefore its logical that she should have the higher income.

7:45 pm on May 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I work with my S/O - we're on our computers all day, except for when we meet to take the pets out, eat or watch tv...and now that it's warm out, go to the pool. I've found that the best place to discuss work is in the pool. Must be the fresh air.
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