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

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.
Written by Tom Foremski, Contributor on

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.

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