I am guilty of having too many gadgets. But so are my friends. I have asked them to choose just one gadget to use for the rest of their lives and not one can select just one. All the excuses are given: I can’t live without my GPS because it helps me get to my destination and I need my iPod Touch for my music as well as checking email. I own all of these gadgets and most of them I can do without.
I currently own numerous tablet PCs, a score of video game consoles, laptops, home PCs, an iPod Touch as well as an iPad, a Nook, and my Blackberry from Hong Kong (its still connected even though I haven’t paid the bill in over a year). Yet it is quite easy for me to isloate just one tech gadget to use for the rest of my life. I can throw every one of those listed into the trash, except one. My desktop PC.
As someone who does extensive research while following live news, no other electronic product can help me keep tabs on the topics related to my vices. The iPod Touch and my laptop are fun for being anywhere in the house and checking email but they have their limits. And my Nook is just fine for storing digital books but I have all of those titles and then some in hard copies. My physical library currently does not fit into my house; most of my books are in storage.
Allow me to explain my set-up for my desktop PC and why it is the one gadget I can’t live without. Three monitors run off of my computer. One streams live news feeds, the other streams stock market activity and other financial news, and the last one I use for email, web browsing, and research. No other gadget on the market can handle my needs as well as my PC. Most of the time my two new Flat Screen TV’s go unused because I usually end up streaming TV channels directly through my computer.
Also connected to my PC are three 1 Terabyte external hard drives. Whether I need to save documents or grab live video it can all be done in real time with none of my storage capacity on my hard drive being compromised. My Ipad can’t do that, nor can my laptop. And between Skype and email my cell phone, and my Blackberry, can safely be thrown into the trash.
Even as a traveling salesman for years I appeared on numerous websites and amongst the thousands of pictures not one had me with a my Blackberry in hand nor my cell phone. Compared to my colleagues nearly every one of their pictures showed them with a phone or Blackberry in hand-or on their laptops. How could this be?
Well, sometimes people try too hard. While I had focused on closing deals with old-school buyers I noticed the same decorum won the appreciation of the new, young, buyers. We made personal contact with each other. They never got an anxious sales push from me “sent via Blackberry” at the end of an email. Or the “Please Advise” email laying out the prospects of a new program.
I still talk to my old colleagues. They are working hard in order to secure a comfortable retirement. I’m 32, retired, and 100% liquid. They are still running around clutching their Blackberry’s, cell phones, laptops, iPads and living out of hotels But that is how they choose to live. I chose to keep it personal and used the one indispensable gadget when needed; my home PC.
Even now as I take up the hobby of freelance writing the same gadget that helped me succeed is now just as important. The rest of the gadgets can go out with nest weeks trash. They are fun but extremely unnecessary and possibly even detrimental to success and overall happiness.