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Internet Access

Originally published at Quantum Matrix Scribe. Please leave any comments there.

You know, we’ve become too fixated on the internet. It’s gotten to a point where, if we have a computer that is unable to connect, said computer is useless.

Want to edit a video using Adobe? Sorry, you need the internet to verify your program.

Want to see if you can upgrade to Windows 7? Sorry, you need to connect to Microsoft’s server to check for compatibility issues.

Want to play games? Nope, need the Internet for that too. Even in “offline” mode.

Look, I get the Internet is amazing. I love it myself. But when you’re trying to fix an old computer, or just use the damn thing, and it doesn’t have working Internet, it makes it very difficult because all the programs out there are required to use it. This is rather silly. Internet access should not be a base requirement for a program, it should be an added benefit.

But nobody thinks that way and you run into absurd problems like the one I have, which is I’m trying to fix my computer, but am completely unable to do so. I don’t even know if I can upgrade to Windows 7 at this point. What a bummer.