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Thread poster: Francesca Battaglia

Francesca Battaglia
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Sep 12, 2008

When I was studying translation at school, I couldn't even turn on a computer, honestly. Now, this house is packed with technology..Most of the "merit" is of my boyfriend who is litterally obsessed with IT and new smart products..But living in such a high-tech sort of dimension aand, most of all, being all day at the computer, pushed me to learn new products and appreciate them.
I wouldn't say I'm obsessed but I feel that I've grown dependant to several objects like my cell phone, my computer, internet (!) and various gaming consoles..

So, I was wondering, what's your relationship with this tricky world? Is your profession the responsible for your obsession?

NB. besides all that, I need a period to de-tox from technology, where I spend my days isolated in the middle of nowhere..the less technology, the best!


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Mirella Soffio  Identity Verified
Italy
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Define "obsessed" ;-) Sep 12, 2008

Three desktops.
Two laptops.
Three game consoles.
A Samsung i900 Omnia.
A couple of mobile phones.
A broadband connection.
A wireless LAN.
A GPS navigator.
Satellite TV.
LCD screens.
Digital camera(s).

...

Needless to say, blackouts are my worst enemies


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Kathryn Litherland  Identity Verified
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but wait, there's more! Sep 12, 2008

[quote]Mirella Soffio wrote:

Three desktops.
Two laptops.
Three game consoles.
A Samsung i900 Omnia.
A couple of mobile phones.
A broadband connection.
A wireless LAN.
A GPS navigator.
Satellite TV.
LCD screens.
Digital camera(s).

...

I'll see your bid and raise you a third laptop and two DVRs.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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I LOVE technology! Sep 12, 2008

I don't have a lot of stuff right now because I'm in a period of transition, geographically speaking, but I do have my MacBook (which I use for everything, including watching movies, videos, etc., because I don't have a TV at the moment) and my BlackBerry, as well as a digital camera. Soon I will buy an mp3 recorder.

I'm always reading about new advances in technology, and really I think I was one of the "first in my neighborhood" to get on the internet, and I KNOW I was one of the first to buy things online (remember when Amazon only had books?). Now I do almost all of my shopping online, including groceries.


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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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Depends Sep 12, 2008

it really depends:

On the one hand (between my wife, who also translates, and me),

3 desktops,
2 two laptops,
router, switch, Ethernet and wireless LANs
shortwave radios
several different programming languages installed on my PC, several different CAT packages, and the fact that I've programmed my own translation project management application

digital camera, several different photo editing and graphic programs.

always trying out new programs (e.g. at the moment, in addition to MS Word, I have installed on my PC at least six other word processing packages, and at least three or four different text editors)

On the other hand,

No PDA
No TV
The most basic cell phone service we could find (for emergency purposes only: no phone camera, no gps, no nothing)... in fact, it is my firm opinion that phone technology should have stopped development with the old black bakelite rotary dial phones, and that cell phones are either a contributing factor, or a serious symptom, of the decline of our civilization.


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Francesca Battaglia
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no tv??? Sep 12, 2008

Please excuse my question but..how can you survive without a tv? I think I am the most tv-addicted person on earth, like..I basically schedule my working and non working days on the base of my favourite shows (which, sad to say..are basically very superficial programs....I'm a hannah montana fan, please don't judge).

I'm both shocked, amazed and somewhat admired!


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Mirella Soffio  Identity Verified
Italy
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A couple more... Sep 12, 2008

[quote]Kathryn Litherland wrote:

Mirella Soffio wrote:

Three desktops.
Two laptops.
Three game consoles.
A Samsung i900 Omnia.
A couple of mobile phones.
A broadband connection.
A wireless LAN.
A GPS navigator.
Satellite TV.
LCD screens.
Digital camera(s).

...

I'll see your bid and raise you a third laptop and two DVRs.


Yessir, two DVR players here too, plus a DVR recorder that plugs straight into a HD TV set and an iPod. Oh... and one of those geeky alarm clocks/weather stations.
Kathryn, we could have a hell of a garage sale!


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Francesca Battaglia
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add a table to the backyard sale.. Sep 12, 2008

so I guess I need to list what's on my backyard sale too...:D

1 pc
3 laptops + 1 dead (in the closet................pls don't ask)
a printer/scanner
fax
5 cell phones
2 tvs
3 external hard disks
a gidital camera
2 mp3 players
1 dvd recorder
1 cable tv decorder
1 stero
wireless adls internet connection
2 dvd players
3 game consoles (and accessories)
videocamera
a wireless keyboard
a wireless mouse

...

i think that's all..


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Evija Rimšāne  Identity Verified
Latvia
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me too Sep 12, 2008

francesca battaglia wrote:

Please excuse my question but..how can you survive without a tv? I think I am the most tv-addicted person on earth, like..I basically schedule my working and non working days on the base of my favourite shows (which, sad to say..are basically very superficial programs....I'm a hannah montana fan, please don't judge).

I'm both shocked, amazed and somewhat admired!


I don't have any TV set at home as well... And I really don't need it anymore. Honestly!


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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No TV here, either Sep 12, 2008

francesca battaglia wrote:

Please excuse my question but..how can you survive without a tv? I think I am the most tv-addicted person on earth, like..I basically schedule my working and non working days on the base of my favourite shows (which, sad to say..are basically very superficial programs....I'm a hannah montana fan, please don't judge).

I'm both shocked, amazed and somewhat admired!


Hi Francesca, for the first time in my life I don't have a TV...it's because I'm unsure how long I'll be living in the USA, and also when I discovered how absolutely AWFUL the cable TV here is compared to what I had in Brazil, I decided it really wasn't worth it to invest in a telly. I have Netflix, and movies as well as TV series are delivered to my mailbox frequently. At the moment I am on the fourth season of "Prime Suspect" with Helen Mirren, whom I adore. I also watch YouTube and some other TV series on hulu.com. I am surprised at how much I don't miss the TV!

Amy


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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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No TV Sep 12, 2008

...and completely happy without it!

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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
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Cinderella Sep 12, 2008

Gosh, compared to you guys, we look like the Neanderthal family.

We have:
2 desktops (no laptops, not yet even if I'd like one)
2 tvs (no plasmas, no HD, just the regular ones)
1 mobile phone (it's a $ 14-phone bought at Walmart, with a 80 bucks prepaid card that lasts us ONE WHOLE YEAR... It's very basic because I want it to RING only, I don't need any other freakin' monkey gimmicks in it! By the way, my DH and I share this cell phone: My hubby knows where to find me from 9 to 5pm, I know where to find him from 9 to 5 as he works from home, so...no biggie!). I have taken a look at an IPhone at the Apple store, and it was so full of thingies that I felt like my father (who's 84) trying to use my old Windows 98 computer....Clueless... That's when I felt that technology was outrunning me.
1 ipod (it's my husband's. I have my cheapy cheapy mp3 player easier to use, therefore count 1 ipod + 1 mp3 player)
1 DVD player (paid 70 bucks at best Buy)
1 VCR (that we almost never use anymore)
1 digicamera (a lovely Lumix that I adore because it's very basic, but I still have to explore its full potentials)
1 printer (inkjet)


Can I consider the little blackjack game that we keep in the restroom (near the toilet) as a piece of modern technology? Uhm...


[Edited at 2008-09-13 03:40]


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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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Ver easily Sep 12, 2008

francesca battaglia wrote:

Please excuse my question but..how can you survive without a tv?


I decided not to have a TV about 16 years ago, when I moved to Modena, and did not change that decision when I moved here in the States. My wife, fortunately, has similar tastes.

How we do it: easily: we read a lot of books, are addicted to used book sales, and for the few TV shows that we decide we want to watch, we borrow a DVD from the local library, and watch it on our computers (with a large LCD screen and good stereo speakers).


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Not obsessed Sep 13, 2008

I'm not obsessed, but it would be pretty hard to accept being without what I have now:

1 desktop
1 laptop
1 cell phone (no camera)
1 fax
1 high speed WiFi connection, free but not always reliable
1 dialup connection, just in case
1 TV, mostly for watching news and Mexican comedy programs
1 Large truck powered by a high-tech diesel engine that will outlast me.

I remember when I was obsessed by crystal sets, imagine a radio that required no power to operate! All it needed was a ground and a 100 foot antenna. I dreamed of better stuff and it all eventually came true, more than I ever dreamed of.


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Francesca Battaglia
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I wish I could Sep 13, 2008

Riccardo Schiaffino wrote:

francesca battaglia wrote:

Please excuse my question but..how can you survive without a tv?


I decided not to have a TV about 16 years ago, when I moved to Modena, and did not change that decision when I moved here in the States. My wife, fortunately, has similar tastes.

How we do it: easily: we read a lot of books, are addicted to used book sales, and for the few TV shows that we decide we want to watch, we borrow a DVD from the local library, and watch it on our computers (with a large LCD screen and good stereo speakers).


I remember trying to do comething similar when I was about 15. I didn't watch tv for about a month and I remember i was feeling extremely good, my eyes were lighter, my head was lighter, my whole body was relieved.
I am convinced that tv is noxious for our bodies and it's totally addictive.
I wouldn't know how to stop now, not really because I watch all the shows but just the fact that it's on while I'm doing something else, it makes me feel more active..for some reason.
I'm so used to do different activities at a time, that tv is just another "activity"..

But now that I m explaining this to you, I'm kind of seeing the whole picture myself, self-therapy (I guess..) and it's scary! Needless to say, tv is on right now..

Let me tell you, I truly admire you for your choice. My boyfriend would never abandon tv, plus he works in a large IT store and that's my plague D'OH!


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