I wanted to take a break from tech reporting to cover something a little bit different. Though I am based in the UK I do like to acknowledge holidays in other countries sometimes.
Over in the USA the national holiday of thanksgiving is taking place this week. With that being said I wanted to take a moment to talk about what I am thankful for. I wanted to cover this from a more technological perspective. Let’s go ahead and take a look at a few of the things that I am thankful for in no particular order:
First up, I am thankful that I even have access to the Internet. I am lucky enough to have really fast internet in my home. However, there are some countries in the world, where people have to make do with accessing the internet on their phone.
If you are interested you can read about part of my trip to India right here and my experience of accessing the internet in that country at the time. In fact, I also remember that there was one place I stayed at where there was no internet connection. Yes, there was a shower, a few beds but that was just about it. You basically had to bring your own internet if you wanted to get online.
Closer to home, I know a few people who are just about able to get internet access in their house. The trouble is, nowadays you have to have internet access in some form in order to find a job as well. As such to have really fast internet I am genuinely thankful and I don’t take it for granted.
I also know for a fact that a friend of mine lives in a part of the UK where he is just able to access his emails, and the internet in general. However, it would take him ages to download games to his PlayStation 4. In fact, on Steam, some games (like Tekken 7) are so large that it would take maybe half a day on a connection like his.
I am also thankful that I have a semi-decent smartphone. I currently have a Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s not the latest but it does the job that I need it to. I can see my emails, I can get on Facebook and see what’s going on there and much more. I can also use it to listen to music whilst I am on-the-go(and yes, it has a headphone jack!). Of course, I can make and receive phone calls, and answer text messages (or WhatsApp messages).
I realise that there are a lot of people who have a basic smartphone with a smaller screen. That smartphone would let them view their emails, maybe do some googling and that would be it. In fact, I know a few people who still use older phones like the iPhone 4(or the iPhone 4S). They can just about check out their WhatsApp messages, send and receive emails, look up something on Google and that’s about it. This is why I consider myself lucky and thankful for the smartphone that I have. Again it might not be the newest smartphone but I am happy with it as is.
I am also thankful for the desktop computer that I have. It’s an iMac from mid 2010. Yes it’s seven years old but it does what I need it to do. I can use it to get online and help me write the articles that you see on this website. I also use it for my emails, watching YouTube, doing some shopping and more. I do realise that there are newer models of the iMac available. However, I am happy and thankful that I even have a desktop computer at all (let alone an Apple computer).
Chances are that some of you might only have a basic desktop PC (or even just a laptop). It might only be powerful enough to do things like writing up your documents, going shopping, viewing your emails etc. As such I am really thankful that I have two computers(one for general usage, one for playing games on the weekend). With that being said keep in mind that I did work hard to save up to get this computer though.
The other thing that I am thankful for is my tablet. I have an iPad. A few years ago you might remember that the fourth iPad came out. I saved up my money, sold my old one and decided to get one. I use it to take notes, watch YouTube as well as some casual web surfing and check my emails(to name a few things).
One of the many reasons I am so thankful for my iPad is because I would probably resort to hand writing notes in a notepad instead. This would be more time consuming as I write slowly. Additionally all the thoughts that I wanted to write down would escape from my brain before I have the chance to capture them.
Overall I count myself very lucky to have the tech that I have right now. I realise that there are those who can only afford to have one computer (maybe just a laptop) and some basic access to the internet. Every day, I never take what I have for granted. I feel really thankful (and lucky) because I realise that the tech that I have (and use) has made my life easier. I would find it quite hard to imagine a life without the tech that I have.
Of course there are other things that I am really thankful for such as my family, the house that I live in to name but a few things.
I am also thankful this website and you, the reader. I have a passion for technology and this website allows me to share that passion with you through my writing.
If you are reading this, I would like to say a huge thank you for coming here and reading the content that I produce. Whether you are coming here for the first time or you have been with me since the first day of this website, I cannot thank you enough. It really means a lot to me.
Last but not least, if you are reading this and you celebrate it, then I would like to wish you a happy thanksgiving.
With that, I would like to ask you, what are you thankful for? Leave a comment down below with your answer.