Maybe you consider yourself a technophile. You could be having second thoughts as machines prove themselves indifferent to your schedule or hostile to your ambitions. With human friends, at least you can give them a nuanced explanation of what you really meant. So here you sit, twiddling your thumbs while the system reboots. Is there anything more useful you could be doing? Pick up a book or join a conversation. Expand your horizons beyond the edges of your electronic desktop. Stories from your childhood, your parents` world or even deeper in history will give your batteries an unexpected charge.