Dead-Finger Tech: I don't have any . . .

Dead-Finger Tech: I don't have any . . .

Summary: My colleagues here on ZDNet have been writing lots of great stuff about which technology you'd have to pry from their dead fingers.I think that when my time comes you'll only find that my fingers are crossed -- you won't find any death grip on a gizmo or gadget.

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My colleagues here on ZDNet have been writing lots of great stuff about which technology you'd have to pry from their dead fingers.

I think that when my time comes you'll only find that my fingers are crossed -- you won't find any death grip on a gizmo or gadget.

That's not to say that I don't appreciate my computers, cell phones, hi-fi, DVD players, and all the wonderful technologies: Internet, LCDs, HTML, CSS, etc. I do. It's just that neither one of them is something that I feel couldn't live without.

If I didn't have my MacBook I could use someone else's computer to still do my work because so much of my technology and services are "in the cloud." If I can't find that CD of my favorite music, well, I can go to many other sites and play that album.

Where did I put that photo? I'll search for it online.

More and more, every day, I'm finding out that I don't need to own much. More and more of my life is being digitized and put into the cloud.

I like it, I like not owning CDs, books, computers, etc. Owning physical things is a burden.

The last time I moved apartments I had so much stuff to move and so little help that I felt my stuff owned me. I didn't like that feeling.

Ten years ago my family was flooded out of our home. We had to throw away huge amounts of stuff. It felt good. I was sad to lose a few things of sentimental value but overall, it felt very cleansing.

The more of my life I can put into the cloud and reduce my ownership of physical things the better.

Topics: Software Development, CXO, Cloud, Hardware

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  • Minimalism is great

    Keep only what you need and love and throw away what you don't use. Throwing away junk is fun and the less you have the easier it is to keep your place organized.
    T1Oracle
    • Zen is nice.

      But beware of taking it to its ultimate conclusion before you are ready.
      Patanjali
    • RE: Dead-Finger Tech: I don't have any . . .

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  • broadband

    so your dead-finger tech is probably your broadband line.
    please, just think things through before posting.
    bannedfromzdnetagain
    • You mean he'll be clutching at straws?

      nt
      Patanjali
      • We haven't yet cracked telepathy.

        nt
        peter_erskine
    • bingo

      Bingo. Or to put it more broadly, his dead-finger tech is the internet. If he loses his access to the internet, he's sunk.
      CobraA1
  • I like ownership

    "Where did I put that photo? I?ll search for it online."

    Assuming you've put all of your family photos online and tagged them with every search term you'll ever use.

    And assuming you trust some crazy MyPublicInfo website to keep your drunk photos a secret from your next employer.

    "If I didn?t have my MacBook I could use someone else?s computer to still do my work"

    Yeah, you mean that public computer that has at least 100 strains of various viruses and keystroke loggers installed on it? Have fun, don't blame me if your gmail account suddenly doesn't recognize your password while you family suddenly starts getting Nigerian spam from your address.

    "More and more of my life is being digitized and put into the cloud."

    Frankly, I'm not trusting the "cloud" that much anymore. It was a nice experiment, but there's nothing that it gave me that really excited me. I'm just gonna go back to offline applications. At least they work when my internet connection doesn't.

    "The last time I moved apartments I had so much stuff to move and so little help that I felt my stuff owned me. I didn?t like that feeling."

    Really? It owned you just because you had to lug so much of it around?

    All you really need is one hard drive. Or two so you can have a backup. The problem isn't the ownership, the problem is you didn't have it all consolidated in one place.

    . . . and frankly, every time I see a story about some company deleting music or books off of user's devices - those people have a [b]legitimate[/b] reason to fell like they didn't own their stuff, but rather that their stuff owned them.

    Moving to the cloud won't fix your feeling that you don't own stuff. It'll make it worse.
    CobraA1
  • RE: Dead-Finger Tech: I don't have any . . .

    Hi Tom,

    For a journalist you are very reckless with your words. You never noted that you have backups of all your works. Without solid backups and relying solely on the cloud methods sooner than latter they may drift away. I guess you missed the Amazon Kindle screw up. For a person that keeps up with current events, it seems you place no value on the present.

    How can someone who owns two or more of these devices make a statement, ?I could do without them.? And comparing electronics information with household goods is in my option, just ridicules. Try logging onto a shaver or sitting on a cloud.

    Your article lacked forethought and a general understanding of the topic, whatever that may have been. It reads like an advertisement for remote storage. I only wish you had included a comment section at the end of your post.

    Once again I ask myself, how do these people go through life and miss the majority of it? I hope at least you know it was a good move to leave the ?white dwarf? newspaper.

    Best regards,

    Robert

    Note: ZDNet July 22nd, 2009
    Dead Finger Tech: Amazon Kindle ebook reader.
    Posted by Matthew Miller @ 1:22 pm
    Thus, my selected Dead Finger Tech gear is the Amazon Kindle device.
    OKWHEN
  • RE: Dead-Finger Tech: I don't have any . . .

    I would hate being a journalist. You can't even have one little article that's really isn't based on any fact just personal preference without it being criticized.

    This isn't a recommendation it's just what he finds works for him the most, Let the man ramble.
    willtur1