This is the 29th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
Even since I stopped using Facebook (blog post coming soon!), I have made a dedicated effort to actually talk to my friends and family. When you see all the stuff that your friends and family post online it's easy to feel "connected". I might miss out on which concert my pals went to last weekend by not using Facebook. I will know how they are actually doing though by picking up the phone and having a conversation.
Normally, I am all for using technology to make our lives better. Sometimes though, an old fashioned phone call or letter is much more effective than "liking" something on a website.
My heart goes out to all the people who have suffered due to Hurricane Sandy. One of my wife's best friends lives in New York City and it took a few days after the storm hit for us to get in touch with him. He was without power, internet access, and cell service.
I would encourage you to not wait for a natural disaster to happen in your city to take a break from our hyperconnected lives. Designate a weekend where you don't use any technology. No cell phones, no iPads, no television, and no internet. You might find that the break turns out to be quite nice.
Britta and I plan on taking an eight day vacation in December where we are going to use very minimal technology during the entire time span. I will let you know my thoughts!
I agree completely with Shawn. A dedicated E-Reader offers a much better reading experience than an iPad could ever offer. I find myself reading much more since I got a Kindle. If you have not jumped on the E-Reader bandwagon yet, you might want to consider doing so this winter.
The basic Kindle (the one that I have) is now only $69. If you read a half dozen books a year you should be able to pay for the Kindle with the money you will save buying the E-books over the physical books.
I thought this story was particulary relevant for the following reasons:
- Target is a Minnesota company
- The holiday shopping season is among us
- An online retailer (Amazon) has been poaching sales from the traditional retailers (Target & Wal-Mart) for the past few years
A couple random thoughts bouncing around in my head:
- What kind of impact will online retailers have on traditional retailers in five years?
- What kind of innovations will tradtional retailers come up with to fight back against online retailers?
The article also notes that Target will be putting free Wi-Fi in their retail stores this holiday season.
It is one of my personal goals to get my friends, family, and clients to use better passwords. I see some pretty bad passwords when I am working with people. Check out this article for some good advice on making yourself more secure.
Check out my blog post titled 30 Second Tips - Strong Passwords for a practical way to make stronger passwords.
If you would like to learn more about Staying Safe In A Digital World check out the Community Ed class that I teach on the subject.