Last night I was thrilled to see the Internet access icon at the bottom of my computer monitor when I got home from work. I didn't realize until this week just how much I rely on it. Of course I had trouble reading my emails and checking in on my bloggy friends, but the less obvious repercussions really surprised me:
- I found out the newer versions of Microsoft programs assume you're online. Tuesday I needed some clip art for a project I'm working on. Normally it takes just a couple of minutes to find something in Word. However, without the Internet there was no gallery of pictures to choose from. To get what I needed proved to be a laborious process of using an ethernet cable and zip drive to transfer files from a laptop to my main computer.
- Then later in the project I had a question about the Paint program. I tried using its 'Help' menu, only to find it had been moved online.
- My cell phone's calendar doesn't have an option for manually syncing with the Outlook I use on my main desktop computer. Everything is done through the cloud, and I had no Cloud.