going 30 days computer free at home...anyone want to join me?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Misskitty, May 26, 2014.

  1. Misskitty macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Thought this might be fun. Im doing a test for 30 days. Gonna see if i can live without my computer setup. I dont use or even turn it on during the work week because i prefer to surf on my ipad. So the only time i turn it on is sat and sun.

    Its a 13" mac pro with dual 24" monitors and $130 2.1 speakers.
    Its just so much money sitting around unused so i want to see how i like it going ipad only at home.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Some can get away with that. Some can't. It completely depends on what you use a computer for, and whether those same tasks can be accomplished on the iPad. There are some things that only an iPad can do, and others that only a computer can do.
  3. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Lol. You're not really going "computer-free" if you're using your iPad. By doing that I'm sure many, if not most us can easily get along without our main computer setup as long as we have an iPad as a backup/crutch.

    Why don't you test yourself and go "tech-free" and see if you can handle it because truthfully over 15 years ago the web was a luxury/novelty for home users and it was very uncommon to use anything other than a calculator in regards to tech. Heck, I graduated college (electronics degree, go figure) on just good old pen and paper. Didn't have the tech luxuries today's students have.
  4. GalFriday macrumors member

    May 18, 2014
    Northeast US
    I did this last fall when my computer died. For 6 weeks I had only my Windows 8 tablet (Dell Latitude 10) and a Logitech bluetooth keyboard. I'm pleased to say the set up worked beautifully-and I am self-employed and work at home, so I really gave that set up a workout. It definitely can be done. Don't see why it wouldn't work just as well with my iPad!
  5. rrm74001 macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2008

    If everything you do on your computer, you can also do on your iPad, then you might be able to get away with it.

    If there are some things that you do on your computer, that you cannot do on your iPad, then you might not be able to get away with it.

  6. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    I would not be able to do this. I rely on my computer for school and such. Why even bother trying if you like the computer?
  7. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Good luck! There's absolutely no way I could do this. I need my computers for work, navigation, looking up how long to broil asparagus ( it was really good ).
  8. AlabamaSlammer macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2012
    I would love to give it a shot but I use my computer way to much for school and work. If this thread is still around at the end of June I would love to give it a try.

    good luck though
  9. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    No thanks. I know what tasks my desktop/laptop are good for, and which tasks my iPad is good for. Maybe I could get each to do the other's job, but the effort required to make it happen isn't worth it.
  10. millydog, May 27, 2014
    Last edited: May 27, 2014

    millydog macrumors regular


    Oct 21, 2007
    going 30 days computer free at home...anyone want to join me?

    I'll enjoy following along since I'd love to hear how you and others go and what work arounds you find for things, but I won't join in since I know I need my MacBook Pro for a few tasks.
  11. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    [No reply. I'm already going Mac & iOS free at the moment, so never even saw this thread...]
  12. Felasco Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
    Yes, I too thought this was going to be an interesting thread. Oh well...

    Here's an excellent little free app which can help.


    You can use it two ways.

    1) Create a blacklist of sites you don't want to be able to visit for a specified amount of time.

    2) Create a whitelist of sites you do want to be able to access, and all other sites will be blocked, for a specified amount of time.

    Good for controlling net use, the main thing most folks use their computer for.

    For instance, if you're, um, spending too much time on MacRumors and not getting enough work done as a result, and if your name should happen to be something like Felasco, you can add MacRumors to your blacklist for a day so that you'll stop screwing around adding free content to other people's websites, instead of working on your own.

    Don't ask me how I know all this, it's highly classified!
  13. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    Not a chance. On the other hand, I could live without TV for 30 days no problem.
  14. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    I agree! :) Most of the programs I use on a daily basis are available on my iPad. The big sacrifice would be gaming, not to imply there is no gaming on an iPad, just inadequate gaming for my desires.
  15. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    This is pretty much my exact position, too. In fact, at present, I am currently living without a TV (but could not see myself going without a computer).

    I use computers for work, for research, for writing, for communication with friends, family, and colleagues.

    Initially, when I read this thread title, I assumed that it was young to be about a completely computer (as in all such devices) free existence; I'm not sure what category using an iPad would fall into. However, for myself, an iPad is no substitute for a computer; I have one but find that I rarely use it, and found the 11" MBA so much better, as it is almost as portable as an iPad and can do duty for both wrk and pleasure.
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I have no desire to be computer free, I'd rather go TV free then computer free.
  17. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Hardly going computer free if you're planning on using an iPad. :rolleyes:

    I doubt I'd be able to write my crappy books using just pen and paper, I need a keyboard and a copy of Office to accomplish anything. So I won't be joining you.
  18. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    "Computer-free" but of course I'll still have the iPad.

  19. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    iThink not! Have customers to keep happy. They not happy, I see no money, then I am not happy.
  20. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I wouldn't consider using an iPad as computer free
  21. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    I would be all for the OP going "MacRumors free" for 30 days. :D
  22. Felasco Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
    Could we go electronic device free for 30 days?

    Could we leave our mac, ipad, iphone and all our other gadgets on the desk for 30 days without firing them up? Could you actually do it?

    My answer is, I could do it if I got away from the devices, say, go camping for a month. I'd miss the net for a day or two, and then I'd forget about it. I feel pretty confident about this as I do a lot of hiking.

    But stay in the house, with my laptop right there, and not turn it on? I seriously doubt I could do this for more than a day or two, unless there was some dramatic penalty involved. You know, like if I push the start button my house will blow up.

    Here's another can of worms to open.

    The devices we're using now are primitive compared to what is coming. What will our situation be when computing evolves in to something like the StarTrek Holodeck?


    If you can't live without your favorite gadgets now, when typing text is the main activity, will you stand a chance of ever getting out of the Holodeck?
  23. iBlazed macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States

    1. You're not "computer free" if you're using an iPad.

    2. What are you trying to prove? We use computers because they make our lives a million times easier. If we suddenly no longer had them, we would adapt to not having them once again. But what's the point of doing it voluntarily if you don't have to? I have no desire to attempt this. It's 2014 and computers are part of our lives. That's like saying to someone in the 1960's "try going without a telephone for 30 days". Of course they easily would have been able to, but what would have been the point?
  24. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Life must be rough for you if you can only use an iPad. :cool:

    Sell your computer if you don't use it. You really want to see how life is without a computer? Go without a computer/smart phone/tablet for 30 days.

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