I love technology and so long as I am off grid and can power my devices, I see them as time saving and sometimes better at things than what I can do. When a person is striving to self-sufficiency they soon maybe have to make a decision as to whether they will “go back in time” and do it the way their ancestors did it. On the other hand, being that self-sufficiency often implies doing everything yourself, it can become a trade off of time vs what needs to / must be done.
I ran across this article today on cnn: A computerized beer machine takes the legwork out of home-brewing – CNN.com
Beer is not really an item one cannot live without. However, I remember my grandfather making wine at home, they did not have to but it was part of life on the farm. Anyways, something to ponder