Happy Thanksgiving!

By  |  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?



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3 Comments For This Post

  1. quiddity Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Here in Canada we had our turkey a month ago.

    I’m mostly thankful for my largely problem-free Mac, good digital cameras, big hard drives (goes with the cameras) and the ability to Google almost anything, and get a map for anywhere. And of course for very useful sites like Technologizer, of course.

  2. Backlin Says:

    I too am most thankful that I can find the answer to anything using Google.

  3. Jon Thompson Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving from Des Moines! Welcome to our city. I hope you enjoy the stay. If you’re around tomorrow, check out Media Street Market Foundry’s Market Day Black Friday Sale… http://www.marketdayiowa.com/

    My wife is showing her jewelry there, and as such, there is a good chance that I’ll be around. Email me and I’ll make it a point to meet you.