Sunday, October 08, 2006

How lucky we are...

Remember way back in the dark ages when dial-up was the only way people could really access the Internet? Remember how slow it was?

Last year, I spent a semester studying abroad inAdelaide, Australia. When I got there, I could not believe how technologically behind their Internet capabilities were! Here is an example of how slow it was: in order to check my email, I would open up gmail, go take a shower, come back and sign into my account, blowdry my hair, and a half-hour later I would be able to read my email. Don't let me forget to mention that this was on a college campus, where Internet access is vital. Even more frustrating is that the Internet was down so often that you could not count on getting your research complete.

When I came back to William and Mary, I was reminded how lucky we are to have such strong access to the Internet. Yes, it goes at times, but at least we can "Google" something and usually have an instantaneous answer to whatever obscure question we may have. It seems even cooler to me that the elementary school I have been assigned to, DJ Montague, has wireless throughout the school. What a wonderful resource for our students!

2 comments:

Tiffany said...

Amen! In France last year I was shocked at how... archaic... their technology was. France is certainly a country that has moved reluctantly to technology (more than most)--but university students still hand-write their research papers! I do love America--the world of McDonalds, hamburgers, and fast internet.

Tessa said...

We are so lucky in this country to have such great technology. Dial up is horrible. Everything takes twice as long and if you are on a deadline you better plan an extra hour or two to make sure things get done on time. I think most of us in the U.S. have gotten so use to things moving at a speedy pace that when things slow down we get frustrated. I know if my computer doesn't boot up fast enough or a web page doesn't load quickly, I'm wondering what the hold up is. I am amazed to see the technology in elementary schools. Kids are learning so much that will be vital and learning at the speed of light. Your comments remind us of how lucky we are to be living with this high tech equipment.