By Harry McCracken | Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm
Here in the U.S., it’s Thanksgiving Day, so I’m (A) taking most of the day off, and (B) feeling thankful. And since I’m visiting Des Moines–which was my grandparents’ home, but a place I haven’t been to at all in a decade–one of the things I’m feeling grateful for is instantaneous access to information.
When I picked up my rent-a-car the clerk asked me if I needed a map, and I took one. But I’m not sure why: My iPhone contains all the data I need to find my way around town, determine which businesses I remember from my childhood are still here, and otherwise get my bearings. Ten years ago, I barely owned a cell phone, let alone one that puts the Internet in my pocket, and which is smart enough to figure out where I am in relation to where I want to go.
(Yes, yes, I’m far more thankful for family, friends, and good health–but I’m still grateful for the tech in my life, and I’m still startled to remember that most of the stuff that seems indispensable is so new.)
A peaceful and pleasant Thanksgiving to all of you, and a question: What tech-related matters are you thankful for this year?