declutter

Technology in the trash

This morning, I ran across and tweeted a NYT article titled Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not).

Personally, this process has been going on with me for months, no years.

For instance, I ditched my landline 2 days before Chirstmas.

Since the landline is gone, I downgraded my 4 in 1 printer for a 3 in 1. I am selling it on eBay if anyone’s interested.

USB drive – in Process. I heart my Dropbox (aff link) account. My current physical drives were “acting up” including said usb drive. I went to a drive repair shop to get a quote. After I heard it, I figured that I might as well get a new computer.

Desktop Computer – I have to ask a couple of guys what if anything can be done to the desktop. I haven’t touched it in nearly 2 years, so it’ll be interesting to see what they can find.

Internet at Home – Stays, although there are always new offers coming out every other week. Stay tuned.

Cable – a few of my friends have cut the cord and are doing the Netflix thing. I am dependent on DVR because that’s the only way I can keep up with the lady on her daily viewing.

Stand Alone Camera – I’m keeping because I just brought mine over a year ago because I knew that the coming year would be a busy one with events abound.

Digital Music Player – I already donated one and recycled the other a couple of years ago.

Alarm Clock – I gave up and use the smartphone (no not an iPhone), but I have a backup with the TV auto on timer.

GPS Unit – I’m a New Yorker and I don’t drive. Enough said.

Books – I donated a good amount of my books to the local library and kept my favorites. Lately all my books are Kindle books.

Have you ditched your technology in the past year? Let us know in the comments.

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Now that things are quiet on Thanksgiving Eve, I did something that I rarely had the chance to do, go through my email accounts.

They say that its good practice to keep a separate account for purchases. Therefore I went through said account and did some soul searching.

Last week was National Unfriend Day, so I figured that I take the approach with my “retail” email account.

I looked at all the places I subscribed to and I asked myself a few questions:

  1. Am I interested in the store/retailer?
  2. How often am I getting emails
  3. Are the emails “of value” to me?
  4. If I had an “in store” experience with them, how did it go?

How often do you go through your inbox and evaluate who’s emailing you?

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With any upgrade comes an opportunity to review and re-access. With cell phone upgrades, this is often the case. If your getting of have gotten your phone upgraded recently or not, the provider asks if you would like to transfer your contacts over. However, is that all there is to it?

How important are the contacts in the phone are important to you.
A good starting point is to see which contacts you happen to use the most. Is it clients, vendors, etc?
Make sure that you have their contact info readily available.  Also,  consider having VIPs such as family and friends on speed dial.

Since I have had both the Blackberry the iPod touch, and a iPhone, I have had been searching for some way for them to coexist peacefully. I *finally* figured out that I could use Microsoft Outlook to manage contacts on both devices. I use the Touch to look-up while I use the Blackberry to connect. After going through the contacts I reduced my contacts from nearly 1,000 to under 500.

Besides with mostly everyone on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, its not like if I can’t find a way to contact folks. Especially if you have the applications installed on your PDAs.

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