Without internet, is your computer worthless?

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    If you are without internet, is there pretty much nothing to use your computer for?

    I know while I do do some offline tasks, without internet, I would not need a computer probably

    Thought it would be interesting to get other's takes
     
  2. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

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    Without Internet I couldn't be on MacRumors or Twitter but I could still play Sims 3 or World of Goo.

    :eek:
     
  3. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I'd still use one a hell of a lot. I had a computer for many years before getting internet access.

    Graphics stuff and music production mainly.
     
  4. iParis macrumors 68040

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    Hmm... I wouldn't have much to do. The majority of my programs are internet related. My music library would stop growing. No more MacRumors. I suppose I could still create word documents, edit media, and listen to my 36,000+ song library. Other than that, I don't have much to do with it. Well, I could play some games on it.. but I'd need more ram.
     
  5. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    My work is about 50/50 online vs. offline.

    Even without the Internet, I would be able to use my computer for many other things.
     
  6. jmann macrumors 604

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    I would listen to music. But that's about it. I would be sad without MacRumors, and all my social networking sites. :p
     
  7. Ronix macrumors member

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    No my computer isn't worthless but my 1st gen iPod touch with no wifi (grayed out problem) really is worthless!
     
  8. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    Well...

    It would be for school because all my schoolwork is online

    Games...

    Well they would still work

    But if I had to I would use http://freedialup.org
     
  9. dilbert4life macrumors regular

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    Funny you should ask.

    Someone hacked our static IP address yesterday at work, and our Internet was down most of the day. I had nothing to do since I mostly do web development. What did I do instead? Started taking apart an old rackmount server and beefing it up, installed CentOS, and made it into my web development server. That way, when my internet does go down, I still have the ability to work!:apple:
     
  10. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I would use my computer a whole lot less, that's for sure.

    The only stuff I do on my computer that doesn't involve an internet connection would be things like listen to music, edit/organize my photos, edit/organize my movies.

    And I only edit movies at most once per month and I only organize or edit photos about once a week, for about two hours. So if I didn't have internet I'd probably use my computer about 18 hours per month (ten for one video project, eight for photos).

    Although I have been learning AppleScript and javascript, and I'm getting into C programming. So maybe I'll bump up my productive time a little.
     
  11. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    I would have a few months of TV shows and movies to watch :)
     
  12. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    I would use it a bit less but still very often. Photography and Aperture, music, PS, games and movies would keep me pretty occupied.
     
  14. conch575 macrumors 6502

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    Pretty much useless.. There is nothing to do if you're not on the internet besides boring things, like school work or deleting useless stuff through your computer.
     
  15. designgeek macrumors 65816

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    In short yes. Although my life is pretty worthless without internet so there. Why would I use $2400 machine to play DVDs and music? I don't have any games mostly cuz I'm lame:(, and I really can't think of anything I do that doesn't involve internet access.:)
     
  16. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Exactly! i would do a lot more video / graphics. I spend most of my time online anyway.
     
  17. rhsgolfer33 macrumors 6502a

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    No, I've accumulated enough porn that I never actually need an internet connection again.


    On a more serious note, it would be less useful. The computer would still be good for music and movies and such, but I probably wouldn't use it nearly as much.
     
  18. conch575 macrumors 6502

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    Very true, I don't have games either and DVDs and Music get old after a while, I can't think of anything to do without internet as well.. It's just boring.
     
  19. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Maybe. I play a lot of L4D and TF2 so I need a connection for those, but I work on this computer too so without the internet I'm much more productive. Heh.
     
  20. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    lol totatlly

    when i was in oklahoma for 3months, i didnt have internet. i hen never used my computer other than for movies

    i resorted to a ton of book reading lol
     
  21. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    All of my work is on the computer. The Internet offers me more storage options, allows online account access, google docs and spreadsheets, CRM and email campaigns.

    If I couldn't use the Internet to allow me access to those services, I would simply have to use database, office, and financial software locally. My job would be more time consuming, and I would have a hell of a lot of postage fees to pay for advertising.

    Without Internet, my computer would be just as valuable, if not more so.
     
  22. Melrose macrumors 604

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    No, far from it.

    Word processing, Photoshop/Illustrator, games, blah blah would still work.
     
  23. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    False.

    In fact, I'm usually more productive when I don't have an internet connection. ;)
     
  24. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Nearly..music/video would be the one thing I'd still use it for...and to a lesser point school/photo.
     
  25. philbeeney macrumors 6502

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    Yes and no.

    I wouldn't be able to connect to work through VPN but it would give me more time to study Objective C and Cocoa programming skills.
     

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