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Being More Productive

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I have to say Blue tooth. No cables, No running over your mouse tail and no Leads to my headphones to get in the road. I wonder just how many extra Kilomenters my hand has had to travel because I've had to skip because of jumping cables.

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Hi!

As you describe it, I would not call wireless networking an improvement.

Move my laptop from the bedroom to the basement, to the kitchen or when playing with kids... looks more like enslavement to me. Not to talk about using my computer while being on the road, while eating lunch, while driving a car, while snowboarding ... What comes next ? Take it with me when I go to the bathroom?

As far as I'm concerned, the biggest improvement, the one that really makes my life easier as a professional DBA and developer, is the availability of cheap high-capacity USB memory sticks. With them I can bring work back home or anywhere else only carrying a little something that holds in my pocket and weight almost nothing. It's far better than having to carry a laptop and all the paraphernalia that goes along.

Have a nice day!
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Laptops are great - I'm sitting here using wifi at home to a citrix work login and USB sticks have been a revolution (I'm going to fix a laptop tomorrow & everything I need is on one USB stick nowadays).

However, for actually doing work the best tool is the XDA Orbit work has given me - if I wanted to it could be my MP3 player, store PDF books & all my personal docs, give me wifi access into citrix sessions but I mainly just use it as a phone (wow!) and for my emails - the best feature of which is I can do work while watching rubbish television which I know that I shouldn't be wasting my time with - so I can leave one brain cell watching television while looking very responsive for work.
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A lot of the hardware that people are talking about which allows them to be more productive is dependant on one 'invention', the internet, and in particular broadband access allowing high speeds.

It is this that allows you to work from almost anywhere as if you were in the office.

with this flexibility though has come a loss of free time and higher expectations from management who know they can always reach you..........

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Steve, you say "being more productive" and I must say, I don't agree at all. I don't call that being productive when you are constantly in "another place" than the place you are physically in. Worse, I also agree (with other posters) that too many people are totally enslaved to these devices. They think they are being more productive simply because they work ALL the time. That is NOT being "more productive", that is just working way too much and sadly, missing a good deal of life, large and small, going right by you.

I think the problem with us as a technology society overall is that we invent all this so called "cool" stuff, and then we become addicted to it, and yet we never ask "Do I really need this?" - and shockingly the answer is no, we don't. Whats worse, is we don't pay much attention to the downsides...

The huge increase in car accidents caused by cell phones and texting. People working 20 hour days simply because they "can", and then burning out wondering "how'd that happen?". I see a family out and around, maybe shopping, eating out somewhere, and the parent(s) are on cell phones and blackberries either telling the kids to shutup or just ignoring them totally while they are mesmerized on their PDAs. Of course these are the people who say they spend 'quality' time with their families - uh, yeah, physically maybe - but they are miles away while they are right there.

Even Cable TV drives me crazy!!! I pay over 100 dollars every month to have over 100 channels of crap, and a dumptruck load of stupid commercials!!! So I am paying a company to bring salespeople into my home interrupting the few shows worth watching to sell me stuff I don't want... Would ANYONE call that a leap 'forward' in technology??? (That is also why I am canceling my cable TV as soon as the last child leaves the nest shortly...)

No - I think if people really look hard at things, we are rarely gaining anything with technology, and in many cases we are enslaved to it without even thinking about it and losing a good deal of what is important in life.

I would suggest to you Steve, and others, that you think about your kids (if you have them). If you are "spending time with the kids" shut off the damn gadgets. Thats what made me do so years ago, because I realized I don't want my kids to someday say "yeah, our Dad was always around, but we never actually talked to him because he was always on the cell phone, laptop or PDA..."

There's no such thing as dumb questions, only poorly thought-out answers...
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Caller ID.
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Technology in general brings to a stage where you cant get far away from work, i personally believe on WORK - LIFE Balance, there are times when problems with my servers and services, this balance gets worse. i try my best not to use my Laptop or my PDA, on my kitchen, Bedroom. It stays at study and used only in case of extreme emergency for work.

Holidays a definitely NO NO ( until unless extreme cases)

Common guys there is a world out there apart from work :-)
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I agree...caller ID is great. I'm also throwing in faster processor speed on pcs.
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Google.

Years ago, I was on a project in England synchronizing the databases of various mail systems. We encountered an undecipherable error message from a Lotus Domino server. None of us techies could figure it out.The customer had a full support contract with IBM Lotus and they were not able to help.

Finally, one of the team members who was probably the least technical of all of us opened up a Google search window and typed in the error message. Voila! The solution! Google was in its infancy in those days and I had never heard of it.

Even now, before I go to the official sites to research issues with Microsoft, SAP, or other software products, I will do a Google search.



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