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By Jason Snell

Technology without technology

My power and Internet went out for three days earlier this week. Our regional power company cut the juice from my entire county in a preventative move to avoid accidentally starting wildfires during a period of high winds. There were no fires near us, but the next county up has been ravaged by numerous fires in recent years, mostly started by failures of electrical equipment.

Leaving aside the difficult concept of the crumbling infrastructure of the richest state in the richest country on Earth, it was an interesting experience to spend three days without easy access to the rest of the world. (I felt like I had prepared myself for the outage with fully charged batteries and more, but I didn’t count on two-thirds of my county’s cellular towers also failing in the outage.)

So what changed in those three days? We certainly got out of the house more, which the dog appreciated.…

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