The past few weeks of reading have really matched my thought flow when it comes to the web and technology in general. Growing up, my father and I used MS-DOS to troubleshoot a locked up computer and bring it back to life. Being only eight or nine, I was fascinated with the idea of a computer in general. My patience seemed unlimited next to my father.
Nowadays, when my wireless card in my aging laptop seems to not want to work, I instantly shut the laptop and try to find something else to do. What happened to that limitless patience? Many bloggers alive in the web blame the web itself for their dried up patience. Citing a fine mix of decision paralysis and the ability to have anything at your fingertips, most people feel the web hinders their productivity in some way.
While this is true to some extent, a lot of what I see today just by simple observation points more toward a mix of the web and the technology transcribing it. When it comes to marketing for technology in today’s world, it’s all about the latest and greatest devices. A lot of people get caught up in the market traps set by companies; new new new. One could spend a fortune on the latest technological advancements in computer hardware and software, and in the blink of an eye it is already being replaced by something newer and greater. This broods a sense of envy between those who spend for the new tech in cycles.
For a while, I fell into this cycle trap. I let the new tech get a hold of me and felt like my attention span was limited to how fast my computer (or phone) could process information. I realized about a year ago, however, that one cannot ever have the “best out there.” Ever. I settled with a decent smartphone and found new love in my now six-year-old MacBook. While my laptop might not be lightning fast or sporting eye candy applications, it gets what I need done in a timely manner and allows me access into a world that is supposed to nurture my creative mind.