Some good will come of this. Our company is arranging for more backup - "redundancies" - in case of another catastrophe. And, yes, that's what it was.
Technological advances affect us slowly but surely over time. They're expensive novelties for the early adaptors. But then they're not novelties.
Eventually we all are sucked in, and the world changes. Think printing press, car, airplane, TV.
Don't have a smartphone or a tablet computer yet? You probably will soon. It's hard to resist the pressure to communicate and obtain information the way everybody else is.
At home my phone charger often dangles from a plug above a kitchen counter. When family and friends gathered recently, I glanced that way and saw a strange phone plugged in. A little later, there was a different phone, still not mine.
Young and not so young, we're on the smartphone bandwagon.
Several days ago my husband was thumbing through a real estate guide and noticed the square symbols with squiggly lines on each listing. He wondered what was behind those hidden pictures.
I vaguely knew there was an app for that. So I tapped a few times on my phone and soon had it downloaded. I placed the phone's camera lens over the symbol on the page. Sure enough, the phone revealed a web page with the listing for that house.
Disappointingly, it revealed the same information that was in the printed guide.
I have used the app a few more times this week, with no better results.
While it's a bit of a letdown, experience tells me even that little bit of technology is likely to get better and better. Perhaps someday I'll consider it indispensable. Maybe I'll use it as I shop, aiming it up and down each aisle.
If that's the case, I can probably count on it breaking down.
Let's hope somebody keeps the old-fashioned price tags.
Friend is editor and publisher of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-5124 or nan...@dailymail.com.