Persistence of Technology

As I sit here, waiting for one hard drive to format so that I can attempt to save all of the data from another that has decided to crap out, I wonder about the persistent nature of requiring technology in everything that we do. Especially when we know that, at any given time at all, we might lose something. Anything.

For instance, this hard drive of mine (we’ll call him “Drive E”), is my main drive. I keep everything on this drive, simply out of habit. I move everything that is pertinent to this drive and work directly from this drive at all times. Unbeknownst to me, this particular drive has had issues according to Seagate, and I knew nothing about it. I just knew that my stuff was working fine a second ago, and now, isn’t. Movies and TV shows I’m working on, promo materials, writings, resumes, EVERYTHING is on that drive. Ad I’m not too happy about it failing on me.

But the technology is the thing I want to talk about, as we’re completely surrounded and immersed in it. We can no longer escape from its grasp. And we have come to rely on it. But it wasn’t always like that. In the old days, we used to pick up the phone to make phone calls. We used to visit with friends instead of just texting or using a video interface like Skype or Google Hangouts. We used to socialize for real, and not just on Facebook. We used to exercise more by leaving our houses, hopping in a car, and going places. Now, when you mention that you’re “going places”, you’re more than likely doing it virtually, not in reality.

While I’m not one to talk about breaking away from technology, I am reminded of the times when I had to go against the grain and attempt things without using the technology that envelopes me. Imagine taking a day away from your laptop or desktop, television, smartphone, and anything else that might have an integrated circuit, resistor, diode, or transistor. Visit a park, go fishing, or just take a trip (without a GPS or SYNC system in your car). Visit with family or friends. Just say hello, and inquire as to how they’re doing. Just avoid using the technology you have available to you. And I promise you, once you get through the anxiety and withdraw symptoms, you’ll discover that you’re capable of having fun and learn more about yourself.

Bet you can’t do it, though.

SIDE NOTE: In 2016 I had TWELVE (12) hard drives in my computer. All of them Seagate, because I “believed in their product”. It started with one drive: My main work drive, crashing physically (unrecoverable). Following that catastrophic failure, I then had SIX (6) more Seagate drives, of substantial size (2TB each), fail. Seven out of twelve hard drives failed in under a year. Yeah, technology.