I work in IT which is the reason this house has:
- mechanical windows
- mechanical door locks
- no Alexa/HomeKit/Google
- no Internet connected thermostats, lamps, or whatnots
- a dumb TV
- wall switches for lights
@jpmens No internet-connected printers either, I'm assuming?
@jpmens Totally agree with you. I have the same setup.
And I always have to explain myself to non-IT-people why I have such a setup 😢
@jpmens i recently asked our home furnace installer if it was still possible to get analog mercury based switches XD
@jpmens same, but also:
- no TV whatsoever, or a radio
- no wired Internet connection
@jpmens what's your strategy for buying non-smart TVs? Feels like it's getting harder and harder.
@annika I'm not sure I have a "strategy". Got ourselves a Loewe a few years ago with integrated DVR and a single remote (that was a must, and I didn't want to fumble with programmable remotes). Haven't looked back.
I've lots of experience with "smart" TVs in hotels, and they're pretty much the horror.
If ours dies and I can't get a dumb one, I'll probably not get one at all.
totally agree with all of that! have to add
- no wifi
@jpmens ordering an AC that is not networked, even if wifi would not cost extra
@jpmens I'm worried that it's becoming increasingly difficult to buy "dumb TVs" other than computer monitors (and they don't quite have the same set of useful features).
@jpmens this meme stinks privilege like no other. Most people have none of that shit simply because they're expensive as fuck and make only sense if you live in the same place for an extended period. Also, all that hardware was developed and marketed by other people who 'work in IT' just like you.
@steko I think, regarding the privacy aspect, that those without the "privilege" of owning those things are better off NOT owning those things. Granted, there are certain instances where it might be needed for accessibility (a blind person who could make use of an assistant-driven appliance), but the lack of such things in this regard is a good thing. Those who work in IT know this, hence avoid them on purpose. Not so with the masses in general. @jpmens
@steko @jpmens I think it’s a reasonable privilege, rather than a stinky one. When we have the privilege of certain choices we should exercise them. When we are surrounded by options and tools, we should be free to choose, rather than be lead down a path by the pressure of prevailing trends. If your choices make you happy and don’t cause harm to others, express them.
I can do better. My house has.
- no computer, except for a single board that my kids use to play old nes games on a crt.
- only dumb cell phones with out camera or sms
- no radio
- no tv
- no newspaper
- no dishwasher
- no delivery of mail
- no landline
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