Participating in The Old Computer Challenge (v2)!
I’ve decided to participate in the The Old Computer Challenge v2. In this challenge, we pretend we’re on a 1990s-style modem (metered) connection, so we’re only allowed to be online for one hour a day (except for work).
My partner Alida has decided to join as well.
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Last year we’ve both had a wonderful time spending a week during our vacation almost completely offline. I think it’s something worth doing more regularly.
We’ve decided on the following “house rules”:
Phones, tablets, smartwatches, laptops, and all such gizmos, are all going into airplane mode. We can disable airplane mode as a part of the 1h/day Internet allowance, or for work.
Devices that have both an Ethernet port, and WiFi, must connect over wired Ethernet and keep WiFi disabled. In the 1990s, home WiFi was not a thing yet.
We’ve agreed that LAN-based games are OK (maybe we will disconnect the whole LAN from the Internet while playing); however we’ve moved our Minecraft server from our LAN to a host on the Internet a while ago, and still trying to decide whether it’s fair to use it. Maybe we will play more board games instead!
I expect the hardest part will be staying away from random distractions (such as Reddit or Hacker News) while at work. Waiting for another build, or a deployment? Perhaps play with the kitty instead.