Low Tech in a High Tech World

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It seems that the more gadgets we have that were all touted as being able to de-stress us by keeping us up to date, the more stressed out we have become. People walk out of their houses on their phones, they drive while checking their emails, and walk down the street while texting someone.

You know, there is something to be said for not knowing everything right now. Wouldn’t it be nice to walk down the street to your local store and actually watch where you’re going? Take time to see the trees, the insects, and the birds as you go by? Being able to drive in your car and enjoy the view, what a simple pleasure we take for granted. Sometimes we’re trying to talk to one person while texting someone else. Gone are the times when you had someone’s undivided attention, and enter the times when our lives have become one multitasking session after another.

Being detached from the grid from time to time can be very de-stressing, unless you start stressing about not knowing. There are two things we need to do in order to live low tech in this high tech world.

1. Don’t get caught up in the hype pii_email_8953fcff2f2c1d49fbad. You don’t need to upgrade every time. Believe it or not, the tech we have can last years and years, and most of the time, our needs don’t change that drastically to warrant getting the latest tech anyway.

2. Understand that there is, and will always be, something better than what you have, so just be satisfied with what you do have, and don’t focus on what you don’t have.

We get up in the morning and check our smart phones and or tablets before we talk to our significant other. We can send a quick email, check the weather and the news all before we say “hey” to our partners. There used to be time for talk before we leave the house, but now the only talk we hear is “I’m late, gotta go.”

This high tech driven society definitely has it’s advantages, and there are some technologies that really make life a joy to live, however, all this tech has come at a price. Instead of connecting one on one, we end up connecting one on three, or one on five, as we try to connect to everything and everyone at once.

This is the main one. If someone came to me and said “my computer isn’t working, how do I fix it?” I could not help them. This request is too generic. It has no detail what so ever. I can already start asking questions like, what is it showing you? When did this happen? What were you doing at the time? These are just a couple things I might ask the person asking for my tech support. You got to actually tell me what’s not working. After I get the answers to these questions I would still have to ask more such as, what OS does it run? How long have you had it? What OEM made the computer? Of course, if you are using something else than a computer trying to get tech support adjust the questions you will need to answer in your request to suit that piece of technology. Another good thing to include here would be the specs. of the computer. Tech support will want to know things like what the CPU of the computer is and how much RAM you have. These are all important in case maybe someone else has had the same issue with that same RAM company or something like that. If someone had the same issue, it will be much quicker for tech support to troubleshoot it.

Separated by 70 miles of interstate between Atlanta and Athens Georgia, and founded 100 years apart, The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and the University of Georgia (UGA) have been rivals since 1893 in more than just football. Competing for everything in the state of Georgia, from potential students and fans to government grants and academic recognition (Georgia Tech is an engineering research university while UGA is a liberal arts research university). However, it is on the gridiron that this rivalry excels.

The dislike that these two schools have for each other probably started right after the Civil War when it was decided that a new technological school should be founded. Then UGA president Patrick Mell attempted to convince legislators that the new school should be located by Georgia’s main campus in Athens. despite his efforts, The Georgia Institute of Technology was established near the city limits of Atlanta in 1885.

It didn’t take long for the first hostilities to begin only a few years later in 1891 over, of all things, the school colors. UGA’s school magazine declared the school colors to be gold, black and crimson. Georgia’s football coach felt that gold was too close to yellow, which he felt symboled cowardice. That same year however, the Tech student body voted white and gold as the official school colors. In their first ever football game against Auburn, Tech would use gold on their football uniforms, some felt as a slap in the face of Georgia. Two years later, after Tech defeated Georgia in their first football game, gold was forever removed from Georgia’s school colors.

That first fateful game took place in Athens on November 4, 1893 with Georgia Tech, then known as the Blacksmiths, won by a score of 28 – 6. But it was who scored those 4 touchdowns that sparked the rivalry. Leonard Wood was a 33 year old US Army Physician who was officially registered as a Georgia Tech student a only a few days before the game. However, being a full time student, he was eligible to play. This fact upset Georgia fans since during and after the game they hurled rocks a debris at all the Tech players. The next day an article in the Atlanta Journal, by an Athens sports writer, mocked that Tech’s football team was nothing more than a collection of Atlanta residents with a few students thrown in.

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