My digital world is exploding

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.

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