Monday, March 28, 2011

依賴電腦核子等髙科技的摩登時代 / Modern Life & Technology Crashes

Several weeks ago, T's laptop crashed and so K and I offered him the use of our desktop until such time when he could afford a new one.

Laptops are not cheap here in Ottawa. The mid-price range is abt $500-700 and if you add Microsoft Office, antivirus, expanded memory, extended warranty, etc, plus the 13% HST (harmonized sales tax) on top of everything, you are looking at abt CAD$1,200. Assuming your marginal income tax rate is 33%, it means you need to earn $1,800 to buy that laptop. Ouch !!! Can one live without a computer?

On Saturday I received an urgent text message saying S couldn't turn on his new laptop. Luckily, Best Buy was able to fix the problem for abt CAD$100 parts and labour - it was the power supply. Money aside, S was only too happy that the computer had not crashed and that he did not lose his data.

Presently I am typing this article on my BlackBerry and I will send it wireless for posting onto Blogger. But what if the BB crashes, my desktop computer stops working, and the Blogger server shuts down? With the loss of hardware, software, personal data, and external internet links, can I go back and live a 'primary life' without modern technologies? Or will the new reality remain just a shadow of my 'secondary life' past?

And the last time I checked, the nearest nuclear facility is at Chalk River, upstream of Ottawa's water supply.

I think I better start learning how to collect rain water, grow vegetable and raise chickens in the backyard. Okay, I will trade you 180 chickens for one laptop, battery included.
Sent from BlackBerry


the inner space said...

Best Buy located at K2G 5Y3
page 18,19 and 20 showed price range for laptops and destops ranging from 249.90 to 999.90

新鮮人 said...


Haricot 微豆 said...


>> ... price range for laptops and destops ranging from 249.90 to 999.90


Haricot 微豆 said...


>> .... 電腦已經變成日常必需品了
And "social-bots" are pretending to be humans !!!

>> .... 加拿大的重稅 ... 令零售業發展受到不少阻礙, 針果然無兩頭利。

Money has to come from someone, somewhere, somehow.

Hopefully, the SMEs (small and medium enterprises) will not be overburdened unfairly.

the inner space said...

HBB,看來 best buy flyer 上的都不是山寨貨,都是名牌貨,雖不至 high end 的

啤酒花™_J said...

i can live without a mobile, a computer...seriously I can! I did that when my mobile failed me, my lappy failed the extend my little sister wanna offer me to get me a new mobile cos she could not stand not able to reach me!!! :P I can it again...haha, simple life back to the old times - live a landline phone, no lappy, no computer.

Haricot 微豆 said...


>> ... 普通家庭可以用的吧!!!

当然可以! 在渥太華市,Best Buy是較大的零售商,平丶中丶貴电腦都有,任君選擇。

Haricot 微豆 said...


Without access to the Internet, I might exhibit severe withdraw symptoms !!

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