Thursday, January 11, 2007

No cellphone? No BlackBerry? No e-mail? No way? (It's true.)

Meet the 'tech-no's,' people who reject plugging into the highly wired world

"SAN FRANCISCO — Joan Brady can't even count the number of computers that friends have foisted upon her over the years. Laptops. Desktops. Monitors. It's as if they can't help themselves, as if they just can't accept her for who she is: a woman who dares to live without a PC in the heart of Techtropolis.

"I just don't need it," says Brady, 52, a personal chef and party clown.

No, she doesn't e-mail. And, really, she does not need you to call her and read the latest e-mail joke to her. She knows what she's missing, and she's grateful for it every day.

Call Brady a "tech-no," a member of a dwindling — some might say occasionally oppressed — minority who are resisting the worldwide movement to be constantly connected. They're just saying no to the very technologies that increasingly are captivating most everybody else. "

The rest of the story at

Well then, no iPhone for you.

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