No, don’t open your mail. You have about 400 unread messages, of which
luckily 98% can be deleted without going further than a mere flick.
I won’t suggest that you’d be reckless, but I once deleted over
600 mails and the decision brought no pain whatsoever. It relieved
me a lot.
There’s a better way nowadays. You can Archive, with GMail. So
if you have second thoughts, you can always access your killed mail.
Mail hurts your brain. It’s a constraint to the creativeness we all
have inside. Unless Google Wave changes that dramatically. Well,
of course you have to be realistic. It’s our garbage that we
create, so I don’t expect a product to clean it all up.
But wait a second; am I really talking this? I live basically out of
mail, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. They are part of me.
The news company I was working for had a telecaster set up today.
It looked like a torture machine out of the 1930s, with a pole and
all those electrical cords attached to it. But it was high-tech,
I’m sure of that. And I really don’t mean to say that it wouldn’t
be efficient, it’s just that I think there’s going to be
a challenger around the corner.
I’ve been a geek since 1983. In the end of 1990s, there was a new
toy on the market: PDA. A personal digital assistant. Don’t let
the name fool you. It’s silicon alright, but not that kind of.
The machine consists of a screen, memory, cpu, keyboard, and
usually no direct mobile network connection. Essentially it
was a 8 megabyte address book.
It ran EPOC, which became Symbian. I remember that the operating
system excelled in being very tightly coded, and thus didn’t
hog up memory much.
Years roll by, but the amount of trash I carry doesn’t go down.
This is one point which will change. With things like Eyetap
(from Steve Mann) the user will be liberated from carrying
electronics around. I have to admit I have been quite
addicted to the concept. It’s such cyborgish! And provides
real benefits, not just geeky humour stuff. The eyetap
is something that has been waited for decades.
Did you know that the movie Terminator was partially inspired
by this technology? You can see a scene in which the Terminator’s
point of view is projected; the reddish scene, in which
Commodore C=64 assembly language statements scroll! 🙂
(Ok, it was called Apple II assembly, but they both
use the MOS 6502 cpu).
I’m currently riding a bus. With me, I have Branson’s newest book,
as Irvine Welsh’s; there’s an ED, my dear Nokia e71, a wallet, and my laptop with
3G card. I consider myself mobile. But I still want to trash most
the these gadgets, and start using a single one. Would be my
dream come true. Still, ED non-intravenously, please.