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Merlin Mann on Time and Attention

17/11/2008

httpv://au.youtube.com/watch?v=uOgHE5nEq04

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The Things You Own, Own You

7/04/2008

This morning while perusing some news items I came across an interesting article on SMH about people who spend money on gadgets they can’t necessarily afford, don’t need the features and certainly don’t have the computer savvy mind to “drive” these devices.

As a gadget geek I scoffed at the implication that people are so silly that they buy devices they don’t use, but then suddenly found myself looking inwards to think about how I use my technology and just how much value it all adds to my life.

The first thing that comes to my phone. Every time I bring it out of my pocket geeks, and non-geeks alike, look in wonderment and start asking me about the features. When I tell them about the 5MP camera and GPS they are so impressed that they begin to talk about wanting one. But do I even use it?

To go through my rather extremely extensive geek collection and lay out how much I use, this might take a while but will paint a pretty accurate picture of what I need and don’t need.

Hold on to your hats.

Nokia N95
GPS – 3 times in 6 months
Camera – often more than once a day
Web – several times a day
SMS – several times a day
Calling – almost all day constantly – it’s my job

Work Blackberry (new, but this is assumptive)
E-mail – all day
Phone – all day, it will take over from my N95 for work calls
Web – several times a day
Calender / extra feature – all day

MacBook
All features – for a few hours a day or every other day

iPod 60GB
Music – every morning and afternoon after work
Video – once a week or maybe less

iPod Nano 4GB
Music – several times a week jogging, ideally, but actually not as often as I should
Video – never

Canon 350D D-Rebel
Photos (d’uh) – once a week but maybe less

PSP (Playstation Portable)
Games – less than a few times a month
Internet – Not often, but I should use more such as RSS on the bus
Other features – Never

X-Box
Haven’t touched it in years

Miscellaneous
Printer – not in years
Photo printer – even longer
Desktop PC – over a year
Television – in storage for over a year
iPod Shuffle – over a year
Palm T|X – over a year since I smashed the screen, but didn’t use enough at all

Plus god knows how much else that I can’t even think of…

How much of this stuff just belongs on eBay? Maybe just making some streamlining to my life to use fewer gadgets and use them more often? There is just too much junk here and considering most of it is portable, I have none of it with me (barring my phone of course) on a day-to-day basis.

What is your experience of buying technologies you don’t use? How many hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars worth of electo-crap do you have lying around your house?

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Gmail, Writely, Orkut invites!

13/08/2006

There is a lot of the Google universe that is in beta at the moment and invite only, so here is your chance to land an invite to three of their most popular services! All you have to do is comment to this entry and while I have invites I will continue to send them out. I’d really love a link back or trackback, but it’s not required to earn an invite. Just make sure you enter your name and address properly into the fields and let me know which service you’d like the invite to.

Gmail

Gmail is an experiment in a new kind of webmail, built on the idea that you should never have to delete mail and you should always be able to find the message you want.

Search, don’t sort – Use Google search to find the exact message you want, no matter when it was sent or received.
Don’t throw anything away – Over 2753.868460 megabytes (and counting) of free storage so you’ll never need to delete another message.
Keep it all in context – Each message is grouped with all its replies and displayed as a conversation.

Writely

Writely is an online word processor and more. It allows for collaboration of documents, uploading of many common file formats, e-mail documents into accounts, all in an easy to use interface.

Orkut

Orkut is an online community that connects people through a network of trusted friends. Orkut committed to providing an online meeting place where people can socialize, make new acquaintances and find others who share their interests.

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