February 21st, 2007

Shutdown Day

Set your calendars for March 24. Plan something fun. Go outdoors. Read a book. But don’t turn on your computer!

That’s right, March 24th is Shutdown Day.

It is obvious that people would find life extremely difficult without computers, maybe even impossible. If they disappeared for just one day, would we be able to cope?

Be a part of one of the biggest global experiments ever to take place on the internet. The idea behind the experiment is to find out how many people can go without a computer for one whole day, and what will happen if we all participate!

Shutdown your computer on this day and find out! Can you survive for 24 hours without your computer?

Luckily, I already have an all-day activity planned to keep me busy. I’ll be at a training for Mothers Without Borders in preparation for our trip to Zambia in July.

Can you make it a whole day without using your computer?

6 Responses to “Shutdown Day”

  1. Jason
    February 21, 2007 at 11:35 am #

    Do video game consoles count? :)

    I kid, I kid…

    On any given Saturday, I could probably pull this off, unless it is a week that I am on-call for work. Especially as we get closer to the end of winter and going outside again for work or fun is more feasible. In fact, I may have actually done this a week or two ago.

    Could I do this during the work week? Absolutely not, my job is a computer systems administrator, so I would have to be out of work, as would you Connor and many other people in our society. Our current civilization depends on computers to run things, is that so bad?

  2. Connor
    February 21, 2007 at 11:37 am #

    Could I do this during the work week? Absolutely not, my job is a computer systems administrator, so I would have to be out of work, as would you Connor and many other people in our society.

    I’m guessing that’s why they picked a Saturday…

  3. Dustin
    February 21, 2007 at 11:40 am #

    I can normally pull this off on any given Saturday or Sunday – Unless you count pocket pc’s. My PDA has been my scriptures for the past 6 years.

  4. Carolynn Duncan
    February 21, 2007 at 11:27 pm #

    Lol… every Saturday I have a “fast” from tech… Saturdays at 5 pm until Sundays at 5 pm. I need it. ;)

  5. Brian Duffin
    February 22, 2007 at 8:03 am #

    Connor,

    Shutdown day sounds like fun, but the law enforcement agency I volunteer with uses Panasonic Toughbook’s for it’s in-car CAD system. Calls are dispatched via MCT’s, premise history, information (warrants, registration information, etc.), city maps, ProNet/LoJack tracking systems and other vital information is obtained using these computers. Since I will be working with this agency on Saturday, I’ll keep my computer on. :-)

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