I recently published a piece about the lessons we should learn from the Rogers Communications outage. The way I see it, the outage underscored two facts
- We are incredibly dependent on the Internet.
- The importance of preserving offline functionality
Offline functionality means having devices that are functional without an Internet connection.
What I took away from this outage (I wasn’t affected thankfully) is that offline functionality in my devices is critical.
I’m from a generation (maybe even the last generation), that remembers when personal computers were primarily offline devices. It’s not my intent to scold younger folks, nor am I suggesting that I was born during a better time. It’s just a fact that most home computers from the 1990s – which were generally shared by all family members – were offline most of the time. As a result, our sImage by IO-Images from Pixabayoftware was designed with offline use in mind. Budgeting, word processing, and gaming were all done offline.