For me its the Internet. I often wish I could be wireless. Not just my devices, but me. I’m totally lost without email. Its the way I communicate with the majority of people in my life. Right now, the only way I can communicate with my daughter is via Skype and email. She’s in Australia doing an internship for the summer. We Skype pretty regularly and its neat that I can talk to her and see her all thanks to the internet.
I’m old enough to remember life without the internet. My first computer was an IBM and we didn’t even have dial-up. Heck, everything was run from a floppy drive and I can’t tell you how many times I filled one of those suckers up and couldn’t then save my work. A fax machine was like the neatest thing ever and a cell phone? Well that was for emergencies only and geez, I didn’t get a cell phone until long after I had my 3rd kid. Of course, now i have an iPhone, an iPad, an iMac and a MacBookPro and if one of those items doesn’t hook me in, I break out in hives.
The internet has really paved the way for a lot of really cool technology over the years. The internet is really the birth place of eBooks because an eBook is much like a web page. In the early days of eBooks, before eReaders, they were done in PDF format, which is more of a static page. The internet is the birth place of Cool Gus Publishing. Sure, Bob and I first met in person at a conference. We kept running into each other over the years and we talked about publishing, books and eventually about eBooks. At first, Bob didn’t think much of them, but as he started getting the rights back to his books, he started wondering what to do with them. And in an email conversation I suggested he self-publish…hence I can most certainly not live without the internet!
What technology do you think if it vanished would really put a damper in your day?