By Pamela Moeng
My usually dependable Getz is laid up with a terminal case of need-a-new-fuel-pump. The man of the house broke the bad news after an emergency consultation with the service centre. As the car is long out of warranty and the service plan, we are also greatly out of pocket. Sigh.
But this domestic transport crisis gives me a chance to post while I travel home from the day job by bus. Always a silver lining in every storm cloud. Wish I could remember that when deadlines loom!
Technology, some say, has given us a lot of freedom, but isn't it a double-edged sword? With smart phones, netbooks, tablets and wireless connection we are under more pressure than ever to produce. At any time of the day or night, be it after traditional office hours during the work week, weekends, public holidays and even your annual leave!
Whether the gains outweigh the added stress is another issue. Would I give up my Blackberry and netbook in favour of yesteryear when emails were the stuff of science fiction and fax machines the height of technology? One thing I know for sure, my boss in those halycon days didn't expect me to be scanning the horizon for work 24/7, unlike today's boss who thinks work email and sms's should be attended to at all hours of the day and night!
What are your thoughts on the matter - is technology a bane or blessing?