But not to the Internet. That would be stupid.
Hee…I have trouble enough keeping the damn laptop connected. This new tablet a generous reader sent me never would connect at all. Can’t imagine what I’d have to do to connect my toilet or coffee maker. Or why I’d want to.
Have I told you the story of the first “connected” house I ever saw? There was this guy, he was definitely not in my usual social circle but I knew him through this rocket club I was in at the time. He had a place in the Mojave not far from Lucerne Dry Lake where we used to – and as far as I know where they still – launch big entertaining rockets.
He was some sort of effects technician in Hollywood during the week, made good money, and was a long-time computer geek. So when he built this new house it was the most logical thing in the world to include a server room and connect all his household appliances and infrastructure to an internal network.
Then, the story goes, he picked up a computer virus somehow and his expensive new house became uninhabitable. This was almost 20 years ago, around the turn of the century, and I never heard if he ever got it fixed. I would have been inclined against the “Internet of Things” for obvious reasons anyway, but that guy taught me all I’ve ever needed to know about the concept. There’s nothing wrong with a “dumb” thermostat, and if I had a toaster it wouldn’t need a computer.
A morning bit o’wisdom from ol’ Luddite Joel.