Simplifying your tech

May 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

It’s funny how we purchase things that we think will enrich our lives or that will make things easier and then we realize we own so much we’re more lost than ever. Case in point: you own a desktop because you’ve had it a while, then bought a laptop for convenience. Maybe you also have a smartphone because then you can do work on your phone! Well, now there’s that iPad…

You can easily get bogged down in the devices that were supposed to make your life simpler. You have documents at home that you forgot you need for work. At The Big Money, the app guru, Kevin Kelleher, promotes the way he makes life simpler: an app. You probably saw that coming. You can upload documents and access them from anywhere!

Sounds like Google Docs to me, though. Maybe I’m wrong. I’ve never used Dropbox. But I think downloading something else to my devices to make my devices easier to use, is probably the last thing I need.

That’s the problem with the way things are heading. Apps are supposed to make everything easier to navigate and find and use. Except when you download more than two dozen. Then your home becomes way more crowded than your laptop. I dislike having more than 12 documents or folders on my desktop and I have to use them all the time for me to keep them there. Do you really want to be scrolling through five pages to find that app you wanted? It makes me thankful that Apple thought to include folders on the new iPhone. But then it’s just going to become like a regular computer’s desktop soon anyway. And then the idea of apps instead of programs becomes sort of the same thing anyway.

Maybe we can’t avoid complicating things.

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