13 responses to Amish tech conference & call for papers – Plus my all-time favorite Amish invention
  • Erik, will you be submitting a paper?

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      Comment on Hmmm (December 2nd, 2011 at 08:55)


      Good question Char, I had just been giving that a little thought. Maybe I should write a treatise on the development of the Amish light switch!

      (see my link in the post if you don’t know what an Amish light switch is 😉 )

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        tiffany rangier
        Comment on stay plain (December 2nd, 2011 at 18:31)

        stay plain

        It is a cyber world a sign of the sign of the times,but i dont approve of it and i aint even amish

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    Comment on Conference (December 2nd, 2011 at 11:57)


    That does sound really interesting. I look forward to reading about it on your blog. Will the conference be available online?

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      tiffany rangier
      Comment on the blogs (December 2nd, 2011 at 18:33)

      the blogs

      could you explain to me how we should survive and stick together in these times with all this paparozti and this new society,because even in the 80s and 90s i was behind.(i dont agree with how much people depend on material items and knowledge of cyber)

    • Good question Margie. I imagine at least some of the papers will be available in some form.

  • Conference on Amish Technology reminded me of those “thin book” jokes.

  • My friends compare me to the Amish quite a bit. Still don’t they have cell phones, which means they **could** access the internet? May be it’s only for business.

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      Comment on Amish and mobile internet (December 3rd, 2011 at 12:15)

      Amish and mobile internet

      Hi Dody, good question, it can be grey area. You’ll find an answer here: http://amishamerica.com/do-the-amish-use-computers-and-the-internet/

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      tiffany rangier
      Comment on ? (December 5th, 2011 at 11:35)


      was you talking to me dody?

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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on nge (December 4th, 2011 at 21:21)


    I agree that this should be an interesting conference. I wonder
    if someone at the conference will address the rate of increase in use of technology among Old Order Amish groups in large communities such as Lagrange Co., Indiana as compared to the rate of change in small communities such as Paoli, Indiana or Riceville, Iowa. I visited the Lagrange Co. area a couple of weeks ago and was suprised to see increases in use of technology in Amish stores in the area. For example, I went to E & S Bulk Foods, and they are now using a loudspeaker system in the store with announcements such as “Second checker to lane 2, third bagger to lane 3,” and “Customers, the store will close in five minutes. Please bring all purchases to the checkout now.” For a minute, I thought I was in Walmart or K-Mart!

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    Comment on Use of electric (September 28th, 2012 at 03:07)

    Use of electric

    I was in Jamesport, MO a few years back. As I recall fans were power by air; my questions is,” Is solar electrical power classified the same a electric from a transmission line?” Thanks !

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      Comment on Solar power vs. public electricity (September 28th, 2012 at 09:07)

      Solar power vs. public electricity

      Og in terms of it being permitted, some groups do allow it, and it is not really seen as the same category as being hooked up to the full-power grid. This article might shed some more light:


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