The web is out of control. Or, at least I can’t seem to keep track of all these new tools that are supposed to be making my life easier or more productive. It seems like just being me has become a full time job. I’m losing faith that all this technology is helpful. Maybe the Amish got something right here.
I have a desktop PC, a laptop, a Blackberry, and an iPod. They all require management. All but the iPod have usernames and passwords I have to remember. All but the Blackberry require constant updates (and the Blackberry is the one I most wish they would update!) I use these tools to tap into a torrent of information flowing through these channels much faster than I could possibly absorb.
I have this blog, which requires only a few minutes a day to administer. Today I started setting up another blog. I’m installing a CMS for another site I run. I’ve been putting off installing a CMS for another one. I’m an administrator on a forum, a moderator on another, and very active on one other. I lurk on tons of forums.
I’m setting up a wiki, I’m researching a project management server, I’m installing an image gallery, and trying to figure out how to set up a video gallery. I’ve had ideas for several other sites pinging around in my head for a while now.
I’m active on Twitter, and to a lesser extent on Facebook and MySpace. I’m not even going to get into YouTube here…
Remember when we were told that computers would eliminate the need for paper? I think that was supposed to happen right around the same time as flying cars. So, what happened? As everything related to computers – monitors, input devices, RAM, processors, hard drives, etc – got better, faster, and cheaper, so did printers. Why that was a surprise I have no idea. So now everyone has a printer or two, and we have more paper than ever before.