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August 30th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Surviving Irene

As I sit here in my powerless house, nervously  enduring this wicked storm and the havoc she is wreaking, I’m contemplating all of this technology around me. Which devices can I use, what’s not working, and what do I miss the most when there’s no electricity?

I thought I was in good shape since I charged all my devices ahead of time but there’s always a glitch that catches you. I thought I was all set with my ipad and the cable app which would allow me to watch live tv. I had internet via my cell phone. I was ready to roll without missing a beat right?

Well not really. First off the live tv app needed to be updated. There goes some of my battery life as it downloads. Then, it only works when you’re using the cable company’s wifi. Not my cellphone wifi. What??? Grrrr….

Ok so at least I can Facebook, Twitter and email. And that worked for awhile so I could keep in touch with family and friends and keep up with the storm activity in the region. Then the internet got flaky and only worked sporadically. And each time I tried to check my news feeds, I could almost see my battery drain some more.

So finally, I gave up on the high tech and turned on the battery powered radio and listened to AM news. It worked perfectly and I could satisfy my storm-news-withdrawal. And there was something slightly comforting about listening to slightly staticky news reports and the tones and jingles I remember from back in the day.

Kudos to my husband for having a collection of radios, flashlights, lanterns, and for pulling out the camp stove when I needed to boil water for tea. Camping equipment sure does come in handy during a power outage.

The effects of this storm will be with us for some time. But the scariest part is past. Now if they could just restore our power so I can get back to my normal life. I’ve satisfied any dormant nostalgia for low tech solutions. Give me back my internet please.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.


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