This morning Hedgewizard posted a bit about his Internet frustrations. Made me laugh in a commiserating sort of way. I must admit to a some what adversarial relationship with computer technology in general and with the Net in specific. It has completely invaded my life. The community I've found in the Blogospere is an important means of sharing ideas, stories, and staying connected to other sane (or equally crazy) people around the would. I can't imagine another way it could be done. At Roberts' Roost we use it for all sorts of things, like banking, bill paying, and information gathering. The kids attend an online school (which they love). I'm even on the cusp of publishing my first e-booklet (A guide to managed grazing for the micro farm). So, I use the Net a lot, but I don't get along with it very well.
In my world computers are the new habitat for the old Greek and Roman gods. They are very powerful and extremely capricious, and you never know when their mood will change and they will unleash havoc on your would. The Net, on the other hand, is the place I keep hoping to find JANE. (You can meet JANE in Speaker For The Dead, Orson Scott Card's second book in the Ender series. Of course you need to read Ender's Game first and then finish the series, but it's well worth it.) Usually I find the pixies from Charles de Lint's book, Spirits in the Wires. Not a nice thing to have happen when you are trying to work. Still, it's better than having plumbing problems...
(Someone, either the gods or the pixies, must have been reading this as I typed because as I went to click the Publish button, all the text went wonkey and I have had to retype everything.)