By Prof. Hacker
I am in the highly enviable situation to be on sabbatical this academic
year, made doubly so by being on a fellowship in Germany for the year.
The last time I was abroad for an extended time was in 1991, when I
spent a semester in London as an undergraduate. Thinking back to that
stay, it’s striking how much my technological life has changed: I
brought no computer to London, writing papers on the typewriter provided
by our program, with my major technological burden being a Discman
player, powered external speaker set, and dozens of CDs I brought to
avoid months of silence. Twenty years later, I brought 20 full days
worth of music self-contained on my hard drive, with no CDs needed, and
limitless access to more online. While technologies are smaller and more
powerful, they are also more complicated, forcing choices and
strategies on how to plan your digital relocation.
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