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The “Weekly Rant” column was featured in the PC Mechanic Newsletter since 2005. Topics relate to some aspect of technology, which include opinions on hardware, software, new technology, technology companies, and computing standards.

I’ve been without a net connection for the past few days, and interestingly enough, I’ve actually had a bit of free time on my hands.  Let me just say that it’s great.  I don’t feel the need to compulsively check my regular dozen or so websites that I like to visit every couple of hours in hopes of seeing something new posted.  Without a net connection, I don’t have to worry about it.

I can go down to the public library to hop online for a little while to check the essential stuff, such as my email and regular news sources for the newsletter here, but other than that, I’ve been more or less away from the digital realm.

If you haven’t gone without a net connection for a long time, you’ve come to depend on it for a lot of things.  For instance, I usually check online for word definitions should I come across something I’m not familiar with.  As a result, my large dictionary had been collecting dust and I eventually just packed it away.  With no net connection, I was forced to rely on the slower, printed medium to look up words.

At first going without a net connection can be daunting, but once you get used to it, it can also offer a type of freedom.  Sure, it allows you to keep in touch with people all over the world, but sometimes people forget that they also have neighbors that they can visit face-to-face.

Long story short, I would suggest that any regular users of the internet take a week or so off from the world of bits and bytes, and I guarantee you’ll start to feel more relaxed and less apt to stay up past the witching hour.

(Originally published in the newsletter)