Here's a list of 10 things that made technology worth the occasional headache, hang-up and crash.
1 grand theft auto What does it say about the world when the most popular game on the planet allows you to randomly murder people, steal their money, take drugs and kill the police? I'm not sure, but it's fun as hell. The involvement of major record labels, movie stars and musicians in the sequel suggests it's also very, very big business.
2 audiogalaxy It was crushed long ago by record labels, but when it was around Audiogalaxy was the model for online file sharing and had everything the labels' half-assed online music replacements didn't: a massive library, critical chatter from users and the freedom to burn. And it worked on a Mac.
3 THE NEW iMAC It may not have revolutionized the desktop computer world, as Apple hoped, but the new iMac with the floating screen is still a beautiful thing.
4 WEB RADIO Next to e-mail, it's what really makes the Internet worthwhile, and in the face of a U.S. government-enforced clampdown, worth rallying behind to save.
5 sports video games Selling slightly updated but largely unchanged versions of games like NBA 2K3 and NHL 2003 is the scam of the century. This was the year the games hit a wall (how much more realistic can a hockey game get?), which is good news for fans. Unless they figure out a way to actually put you into the game, why bother buying the new version?
6 the return of internet cafes Made obsolete by home computers, Internet cafés bring the personal interaction back to one of the most unsocial actions ever -- sitting in front of the computer. Best are the Korean ones in my neighbourhood -- one of the few places you can buy a bag of shrimp chips at 4 am.
7 Unchaining yourself from your cellphone In 2002, I went to war with Rogers AT&T. My cellphone died several times, they shrugged and told me to buy a new phone for $350, and all hell broke loose. The opposite of the freedom technology like this is supposed to provide.
8 text updates on www.footballunlimited.co.uk
Time zones mean that soccer games are often played at odd hours, so if you can't skip work, check out these minute-by-minute updates, typed in by sarcastic fans carrying on a running dialogue with their often twisted readers. Usually, they're more entertaining than the game itself.
9 www.ebay.com Still the best place to get stuff. Bigger and better than ever.
10 turning it all off Try not checking your e-mail for a week. The first two days are infuriating. The rest is gravy. This should be mandatory at least twice a year.