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    Self Sufficiency
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2007 May 29, 17:16 -0600

    
    On 29 May 2007, at 2:19 PM, NavList@HistoricalAtlas.net wrote:
    
    > High-speed Internet changes EVERYTHING. Both because of speed, and
    > because
    > it's "always on". If you have money to spare, put it towards that
    > before
    > anything else. You'll see... It changes everything.
    
    This is very true.  If you have an always on connection, you will use
    Google instead of a telephone book to look up a phone number, and you
    will glance at Yahoo for news rather than the TV, and you will check
    Wikipedia rather than going to a different room to look it up in an
    encyclopedia... things really DO change in a major way, and most of
    it is a big step forward.
    
    However, to test your reliance on the internet, go through a power
    outage or go on an exotic vacation, or go out on your boat for a
    while, and you will find yourself turning to your laptop all the time
    and then you will realize that you are hooked!
    
    Our newsgroup prides itself on self-sufficiency for navigation.  My
    version of self-sufficiency for my computer is to have a lot of data
    on my hard drive (backed up as well) so that when the internet goes
    out, I still have a lot of information available without the
    connection.  I have a good American Heritage Dictionary program, I
    have lots of books as ASCII files, and as PDFs, etc.  I have tons of
    aerial photos of the US and most of the topographic maps of the
    Western US.  I even have all of the text of Wikipedia as a large
    compressed XML file that I can grep through!
    
    My personal collection of data is almost 500 GB now, so it only fits
    on desktop machines.  The only decent way to back it up is to
    external 3.5" fast drives or to other computers over Gigabit Ethernet.
    
    Dan
    
    
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