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Poll: What would you do if you knew that a month from now the Internet would be down for good?
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff
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Sep 7, 2010

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "What would you do if you knew that a month from now the Internet would be down for good?".

This poll was originally submitted by Karina Garcia Pedroche. View the poll results »



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Chun Un  Identity Verified
Macau
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I chose 'Other' Sep 7, 2010

because I would do nothing at all. If the Internet is down for good, the world as we know it will be down as well. Why bother to do anything? Wait and see what happens...

[Edited at 2010-09-07 08:40 GMT]


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 04:38
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Other Sep 7, 2010

I would tell my clients to use the normal mail service, and I will be more than happy to deliver my translations on paper or CD.ROM, cause in this option Internet would be down, not the computer... so

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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Other Sep 7, 2010

I would sacrifice that month to downloading as much useful stuff as possible, so that I could use it in the future.

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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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Other Sep 7, 2010

I'd adjust and switch to whatever new system my customers would use...

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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:38
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Other Sep 7, 2010

I would move to Earth's colony on Mars, where they still have an Internet connection.

[Edited at 2010-09-07 08:38 GMT]


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María Eugenia Wachtendorff  Identity Verified
Chile
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Back to old habits and the good old times! Sep 7, 2010

The situation would certainly be traumatic, but I would survive.

My freelance career dates from 1989 and I treasure my old glossaries and dictionaries, plus others I've acquired even after the advent of the Internet.

Just one of the advantages of being 57 years old, see?


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tradu-grace  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 04:38
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Other Sep 7, 2010

I share the same solution as Gianluca Marras and Maria Eugenia Wachtendorff.
Back old habits weren't that bad.
Whatsoever break down may occur, even in other fields, we have to get back to previous old tools to sort out things while waiting for the fixing and/or recovering.


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Same here Sep 7, 2010

María Eugenia Wachtendorff wrote:

The situation would certainly be traumatic, but I would survive.

My freelance career dates from 1989 and I treasure my old glossaries and dictionaries, plus others I've acquired even after the advent of the Internet.

Just one of the advantages of being 57 years old, see?


Likewise. I was a freelance translator long before the Internet existed so I suppose that if it ceased to be I'd be perfectly capable of working as I did before - phone call from client, work sent by post and returned by post - or even delivered personally if the client wasn't too far away. (I lived in London then). I don't mean that it wouldn't be a great loss - it would, indeed, but if the Internet disappeared for me I presume it would disappear for everyone, so we'd all be in the same boat.
Contemplating a netless future,
Jenny


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Sam21
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Local time: 05:38
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Other Sep 7, 2010

With no other alternative(s), I would consider taking a vacation. Internet is not mainly about communicating with clients, it is an integral part and the organizing body for the whole business day.
I can't imagine taking an FT position for a month or so, then telling my employer: 'Sorry, gotta go. The Internet is back!'


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:38
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Fax Sep 7, 2010

I'd dust off the fax machine that I was saying to my wife, just yesterday, that we ought to throw away.

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Internet and e-mail Sep 7, 2010

The internet being down wouldn't necessarily mean that e-mail was down, so I'd carry on regardless. I use the internet mainly for research, so I might have to pick up the phone and buy a few dictionaries, but I can't see it affecting my work that drastically!

I'd miss it though, lots!


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xxxNMR
France
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I would look for another job Sep 7, 2010

For some time I could go on delivering my work on an USB stick or by modem and landline just as 15 years ago, but if internet is down, I wouldn't have work anymore (websites, for instance), and besides, the clients wouldn't be able to communicate anymore with their clients and with their printing houses, and my colleages would all be on the non-internet part (translation of legal stuff, for instance). Therefore, the market would be collapsing. One month without internet would mean liquidation of my company.

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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
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Agree Sep 7, 2010

María Eugenia Wachtendorff wrote:

The situation would certainly be traumatic, but I would survive.

My freelance career dates from 1989 and I treasure my old glossaries and dictionaries, plus others I've acquired even after the advent of the Internet.


It wasn't so bad then. I got to see my clients' faces, and taxi delivery wasn't unheard-of. There were also other interesting job possibilities.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:38
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The world would still need good translators Sep 7, 2010

So, I'd be in just the same position as the others - and a better one than some as my main strength is in the production of a good text, and my main weakness is anything to do with technology. I wasn't a translator pre-internet but I remember that we never missed it.

In a way, it would be good for the industry as the ones to suffer most would be the "perhaps I can earn some pocket money - after all I was good at languages at school" set.

Mind you, in common with others, I'm not saying I'd be happy or it would be easy. And if it was just my internet connection that died and was irrecoverable - I'd probably shoot myself!


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