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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

  An electric addict contemplates Warbiking

I'm hopelessly dependent on electricity.

Here I sit, on a beautiful day, with a todo list stored on a battery dead ipaq. I'm waiting for it to charge up.

I have an ebike with a big, fat 12 v battery fully charged, but the night-light on it is dead and also charging as I write.

Hmm... a little hacking on the power connector and a 12v to 5v regulator and I could run either the ipaq or the driving light off the main battery... I could go warbiking and surf the net via my neighbors wireless connection!

...and I could get out of here. Sure I can plug these two devices into the inverter on my car and take off, but getting exercise is more important than getting out of here... if I can just get everything I'm co-dependent on ready to go with me! Electricity - it's a worse addiction than cigarettes.

Ahh... the geek life - dragging this endless tail of chargers and electronic devices around is much like carrying around the supply chain required to keep a baby fed, warm, and occupied. Except: that a baby ultimately grows up and takes care of you in your old age.

In my case I just seem to be getting more incompatible chargers - I have 3 devices left to hook up in my house, and 18 AC adaptors that aren't the right ones. Somewhere in my garage is a box with the right three !@#! wall-warts. Somewhere... and what the heck are these other 18 wall-warts for? Where did the devices they used to plug in go to?

And I have things to hammer, tasks to complete, surf to contemplate, a couple blog entries to write, an ad to place - and I'd really like to make an appointment for an interview at a cool local company but I misplaced my cellphone (maybe it's in the same box as the three missing wall-warts) and canceled cell service long ago!! Aggh - just to leave the house I have to feed 4 electronic devices??

OK, OK, maybe I'll drive today, just to get all these things fed...
 
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