Monday, March 29, 2010

What good old days?

I’ve got a new laptop.

Justifying the old ‘boys with toys’ saying it has been fascinating to get used to this new chapter in my technological education.

I’ve used a desktop PC for years but even after using this little gem for less than a week I’m asking myself why I would ever want another desktop computer?

I can take my new little friend with me wherever I go on business. It’s not heavy – it’s not big and it feels oddly re-assuring to know I’m carrying my office with me!

I also have a dongle – that sounds rude – and this little tool that I plug into a USB socket enables me to connect to the internet in most places I find myself on business. I am from a generation that was used to the manual typewriter. When I started out on my career typing was almost entirely a female role and most managers had a secretary 'to do that sort of stuff.' Now all managers - regardless of gender - have their own desktop or laptop computer. When I stop and reflect there has been phenomenal progress in the office setting and personally I welcome it all. I cannot imagine anyone would really want to go back to ‘the good old days’ of carbon paper and tippex?

The younger folks reading this Blog entry are no doubt scratching their heads and thinking - What the hell is this guy on about?

Technology is opening up new frontiers for us all. We had our third simplicity international chat yesterday and it was brilliant. Anyone wanting to join us for the next chat on May 2nd please let me know. All you need is a Skype address and you can join us for a free of charge chat across various time zones and continents – a conference call where learning and developing simplicity is the prime agenda item.

Life is good – keep it simple.


Mark JF said...

Good to hear you're pleased with your new purchase. I trust it's a robust Mac and not some cruddy Windows box that'll fall over by Xmas! Two reminders, if you'll permit me:

- Back up your laptop regularly. The downside to having your office with you everywhere is that if you lose or damage it, you are well and truly snookered. Don't be like so many people who have to learn this the hard way...

- Secure your data. There may well be confidential data on your PC and it should be protected. Encrypt the PC. Password protect sensitive files. Use up to date firewall and anti-virus software to prevent attacks (there's plenty of good freeware available). As above, don't learn the hard way!

Trevor Gay said...

Thanks for that great advice Mark. Luckily I work with loads of ‘IT wise’ folks who tip me off all the time about such things. You are so right about learning the hard way so I go out of my way to back things up (in two ways at least usually) We have invested heavily in protection too.

Sorry to disappoint you but I decided not to go for a Mac - maybe that will be my next big change :- )

I chose a Compaq which is very robust and had excellent independent reviews from some of my IT experts with no axe to grind.

Life is good …… little boys are easily pleased when they have a new toy don’t you agree?

JOHN O'LEARY said...

Ditto on the Mac suggestion, Trevor. You'll get a few months of use with your PC, but after the freezing and wheezing you'll want a real laptop. Once you go Mac you never go back. Cheers!

Trevor Gay said...

Cheers John - so far so good ... Can't afford to change again for a while :-)

Mary Q Contrarie said...

I think you are totally right about the good old days in some ways. But yet in others I think there are some new ways that we have taken on because they are convenient even thought they may not be the most environmentally friendly way to do it.

Here are two examples that I think illustrate my point. 1) processed food and the agra business net work has made food inexpensive off the shelf but the price tag that we are paying with environment and our health I am not sure that local food production and true family farms were not the good old days.

2) Drying clothes. Using nature to dry your clothes with either a clothesline or a clothes drying rack cost almost nothing and does not add carbon to the atmosphere and saves 6-10% on the energy bill.

Both of these ideas illustrate that we need to look at the new and make choices about rather the new is the best choice.

I personally can't wait until the small carry it with me computer gets cheap enough that I can include one in my life.