20 days without a computer

“My editor calls my cell phone while I’m out eating a chile relleno. It’s odd to get a call from a computer magazine editor–e-mail is so much simpler. And his proposal is downright dumbfounding. Would I be willing to give up PCs and the Internet for 20 days?… The rationale behind the request: For its 20th anniversary, PC World wants to examine the PC’s impact on our lives by yanking it away from someone who works and plays with computers every day… Living without the PC would shake up my career, my leisure time–in short, my whole persona. Still, I’m curious: Would I be better off as an analog guy? I take up the challenge.”

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