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Which technological advances are you most grateful for?

I’m ecstatic over the refrigerators that don’t need to be defrosted. God, I hated defrosting refrigerators. But the last one I had to defrost was in Montreal 15 years ago.

If you’ve never defrosted a fridge, you are too young to be my friend.

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      1. Oh, frost-free refrigerators I am glad to have. But I am trying to come up with something momentuous, lifesaving that might have appeared in my lifetime. A cultural shift I am grateful for is the idea that dentist appointments should not be painful.

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    1. Which technological advances are you most grateful for?
      I am not sure why this posted. I want to add electronic messaging, including email and text messages. Also personal computers in general and the software MAPLE.

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  1. “Which technological advances are you most grateful for?”

    All of the astounding medical advances — far too many to name — since I graduated from medical school 48 years ago.

    Also the George Foreman grill…

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  2. I actually kind of enjoyed defrosting refrigerators. I used to go at it with a hair dryer and it was sort of satisfying to see it slowly melt away. I wouldn’t necessarily want to do it again, but it wasn’t the most unpleasant task.

    Advances I’m thankful for – the internet and all of the things that come with it (e.g. instant access to all sorts of information, online shopping, online travel booking, electronic card catalogs, Clarissa’s blog), smartphones, remote control door locks for cars, scanners of various types, command strips, post-it notes, and silicone pot holders.

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    1. Advances I’m thankful for – the internet and all of the things that come with it (e.g. instant access to all sorts of information, online shopping, online travel booking, electronic card catalogs, Clarissa’s blog), smartphones, remote control door locks for cars, scanners of various types, command strips, post-it notes, and silicone pot holders.

      Interesting. I do not like online shopping at all, nor smartphones. The rest, I agree with.

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  3. I am unoriginally grateful for Internet and smartphones. A microwave is great too since heating on gas takes more time, but Electric Kettles are even more crucial. I like drinking tea throughout the day, and without EK it would not be so easy and nice. 🙂

    As for something not technological whose absence I experienced, I immediately thought about salaries being paid on time, unlike in Ukraine with my mother and everybody else not getting paid for years.

    Also having warm and cold water all the time in the tap, instead of holding two huge buckets in the kitchen for drinking water and bathing in a kitchen while standing in a … basin / bowl (?) / таз with all gas being turned on during winter months.

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  4. The house I mostly grew up in didn’t have drinking water for years (we had a water dispenser with those giant jugs that had to be changed ever few days). We had running water for washing but it was from a well (in its natural state a lot of Florida groundwater is/was notoriously undrinkable without a bunch of processing).
    We’d probably lived there at least five years before getting connected to the city water lines.
    In the late 1970s early 80s that same house didn’t have a working phone for a few years (a billing dispute with the phone company).
    And of course reliable cars… for many years had to deal with cars that might or might not start while needing to travel significant distances (we once drove from south Florida to the plains states in a car that might at any minute refuse to start (we always parked backwards to facilitate the use of jumper cables, without which we might have found ourselves marooned in Possum Grove, Arkanasas or worse . To this day the idea of turning on a car ignition makes me a little nervous… (I have too many bad memories of that dead, non-starting whine or worse.. the dead click of nothing).

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