Left to my own devices

A close-up image of an appliance's on switch

At the risk of sounding like the enthusiastic bloke in a hat on The Fast Show, isn’t technology brilliant? It’s amazing how many gadgets and gizmos we have at our fingertips these days that make our lives so much easier. To be sadly honest, I’d be stumped without most of the white goods we have in our house. Legal & General asked me to write a post about the devices I couldn’t do without. Well, where to start?!

Things are so different to when I was a kid. We didn’t have a computer or video recorder until I was five or six years old. We’re spoilt nowadays. Our tablet is probably the most obvious candidate.

As well as using it for social media and food shopping – when we manage to wrestle it away from Dylan and Xander, who tend to hog it for educational apps – we use it to answer a myriad of their questions thanks to the accessibility of Google. Of course, we don’t use it for every last answer, as it’s every parent’s right to make up silly ones now and then.

Then there’s the Sky box. Granted, we probably watch fewer than 20 of the hundreds of channels we have at our disposal, pay through the nose for the increasingly rare times a Spurs game is on one of them and have a remote control that only works properly on alternate Shrove Tuesdays.

That said, we have an instant means of distracting the boys when all else fails, with a disproportionately large amount of kid-friendly content stored on the planner. It also means I get to watch The Walking Dead which I love just a little bit too much.

These are obvious answers that I imagine most people would give though. So, just to sing the praises of an unsung hero, I’d like to give a big shout out to our dishwasher.

I hate washing up and, as I spend little enough time at home as it is thanks to most of my life being spent in an office, I’d much rather make the most of it. This gallant appliance lives in the coldest room of the house – that saying about not being able to stand the heat really doesn’t apply to our kitchen – and, if the ads are to believed, has had tonnes of grease pass through it, but it never complains and delivers sparkling results every time. Except for when we’ve had lasagna, but I’ll let that one go.

Another string to its bow is that it can also be employed to convince Dylan and Xander that I have magical powers. I stand in front of it after it’s just finished, discreetly open the door slightly and ‘make steam appear’ by waving my arms around. Well, they’re suitably impressed. Of course, now I’ve written about it, it will inevitably go the way of the warrior, but it’s done a sterling job and I will genuinely be a little saddened when we have to replace it.

Which devices would you be stuck without?

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  1. Garry

    I agree about the dishwasher, unsung hero in our house. I like most people couldn’t do without my mobile. Or as I like to think, my very small computer that happens to have a communication device included. I listen to podcast on it including the Love all Dads podcast. Movies via Netflix while Postman Pat is on the main tv. Camera that instantly uploads precious pictures to the cloud, and more music than I could ever listen to.

  2. Tim

    Definitely the dishwasher is vastly underrated, but I couldn’t live without my smartphone. It’s my social media hub, it’s where I watch an increasing amount of content (including football via Sky Go when the kids are hogging the Sky box) and it’s generally my connection to what’s happening in the outside world. I even occasionally use it as a phone. (Yes, I know, how antiquated …)

    It’s amazing how quickly we have become dependent on devices. My phone performs all the functions of a phone box, a Walkman, a portable TV, an encyclopedia, both still and video cameras, shops, money and so much more – all in a tiny unit that fits in my pocket. I feel utterly bereft whenever our wifi goes down or when I’m in a cellular dead zone!

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