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Twenty-five percent wakes up with the Internet


A quarter of the Dutch goes onto the Internet right after waking up in the morning, even before going to the toilet or drinking coffee. (Coffee is the other national addiction.) A study from KPN also shows that 8% of the Dutch consider a day without Internet wasted, says Webwereld. Some 58% of the Dutch even feel a sense of panic coming up after two days offline.

Me, I’ve got one of them old-fashioned steam powered computers that takes a minute or so to start up, so that’s the ideal pee and coffee break. And at the end of the day…

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  1. Neil says:

    Since you brought it up. I turn on the computer, put water on for coffee, pee and settle in for my morning reading. Usually, blog posts about US politics. I take a quick break to make the coffee in my coffee press and around about the second cup, its time for another break… I feel better knowing I’m in good company when it comes to Internet and coffee addiction.

    Obama is addicted to his crack berry (blackberry) but must give it up soon. It traceable and not secure.

  2. Branko Collin says:

    Ah, you’re not a cat person either. :-)

    (Human priorities in the morning according to cats: feed the cat, feed that cat already!, FEED THE CAT!!!)

    Obama is addicted to his crack berry (blackberry) but must give it up soon. It traceable and not secure.

    I read about that and it made me wonder: traceable by whom? I’ve read suggestions that the biggest problem is that the American people might wish to read the president’s communications.

  3. Orangemaster says:

    At 24oranges we were all cat people before the ’24oranges’ cat died (

    Feeding the cat often came before the morning pee :)

    My computer is always in sleep mode, so it’s on already. First pee, then coffee, then ‘puter.

  4. Orangemaster says:

    @Neil Crack berry? Are you jealous because it’s a Canadian device and not an American one? ;)

  5. Eric says:

    repeat 6 times:
    snooze alarm clock
    if shave_countdown == 0:
    shave_countdown = approx 5
    shave_countdown —
    put on coat
    search for mobile phone
    go to office.

  6. Neil says:

    Orangemaster @ 4: Candadians are my friends!

    Branko @ 2: I think it makes an electronic signal (like a cell phone) that would allow nare-do-well with the right electronics to locate the president’s exact location if he carried it on his person.

    The communication transmission (e-mail) in not on a secure network (can be read but so what, right?) more importantly but not specific to the device, Presidential e-mail is property of the USA (We The People) not the president and personal communications would get swept up in the files, such as, Michelle: you better be home on time for dinner!

  7. Branko Collin says:

    Presidential e-mail is property of the USA

    Which is why, rumour has it, US presidents don’t use e-mail. You cannot hand over to the people what you don’t have.

  8. Neil says:

    Bush does not use e-mail but even if he did, the IT staff in the White House has managed to lose 3,000,000 e-mails around the time they were planning war in Iraq and Cheney was exposing the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. The bastards destroyed evidence. They’re running a criminal enterprise in there, which is worse than Watergate.

  9. On Obama: It’s not a question of whether people might see his communications. Every single email or text msg automatically becomes part of the public record.
    I don’t believe privacy exists anyhow, but for the POTUS _ who is always automatically in a state of being sued _ you can see how this would present a problem.

    Me: first coffee, then internets.

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