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Sunday, 09.Feb.2003

19:11 - another bout of my pointless bitching

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I am very upset. People have become so damned accepting of technology being intrusive and reducing the quality of life that those few of us who have not accepted these as inherent qualities of technological tools are still forced nonetheless to suffer the intrusions.

This recent line of thought was brought forth by my new answering machine. It sucks. It is the least useful piece of crap I've ever had (well, answering-machine wise, that is). Intrusive quality = bloody light on it NEVER turns off! My last ansering machine had a light that only lit if you had messages, and in that instance it would blink in groups where the number of blinks per grouping was the number of messages. Very convienant. This new one, the light is solid if there are no messages and blinky otherwise. That's it. There is no "off" status for the light. From what I hear, all modern answering machines are like that. So, it's looking like I'm now going to have an annoying light in my room that will always be on! My quality of living has just been lowered by this piece of technology. Why can't they program it to be off instead?!?! One would think that would be less wasteful.

damn fscking technology. grrrr..

Current Mood: annoyed

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From:macklinr
Date:23:09 09.Feb.2003 (UTC)
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Whlie I agree with you, years of living like this has made me more complacent than you. I've become used to the soft greenish glow my room has at night, and the red stereo light that tells me it's not on. (Which pissed me off at first too).

But I personally hate answering machines, and my landline still has none.
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From:lograh
Date:7:26 10.Feb.2003 (UTC)
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not having one was no longer an option. I've been bitched at far too much for not having one. Thus one must be had to get everyone to quit complaining.
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From:macklinr
Date:8:55 10.Feb.2003 (UTC)
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I hope you didn't take my complaining seriously. It was mostly tongue-in-cheek, as I knew you weren't a fan of many "modern conveinences". I say "mostly" because I was trying to confirm with you for Saturday, but I was able to deal.
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From:lograh
Date:7:25 10.Feb.2003 (UTC)
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I shall elaborate to aid clarity:

1) Ability to sleep has a direct impact on quality of life.
2) Lights in the bedroom have a direct impact on ability to sleep.

Does that help?

As regards your solutions: (1) is not an option. (2) would mean that I now have to exert extra energy to un-cover the light in order to see if there are messages or not. Again reducing quality of life.
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From:lograh
Date:8:07 10.Feb.2003 (UTC)
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oh, well, of course I'm bitching over essentially nothing. like I titled the post: pointless bitching.
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