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03 September 2010

Does Using Technology Always Make You More Efficient?

High TechnologyWhether and to what extent we should simplify our lives and get "back to basics" is a debate that has been going on since the invention of writing. As the rate of technological progress increase at an accelerating pace, a counter trend is emerging where technological development is not inherently synonymous with progress. Proponents of Appropriate Technology (AT) argue that progress can only be achieved with technology that is designed with special consideration to what it is intended for.

rube goldbergAnything you can do, a machine could theoretically do faster, better, more efficiently but is this really true? The GPS software on my cell phone, for example, can navigate me from one place to another much faster and more efficiently than a human navigator could except that the GPS stops working if I blunder into an area into which the network's signal won't reach. My calendar, which is on the Internet, can be reached from any computer or from my cell phone, and updated from both places. It will send me automated reminders to do things at a certain time but sometimes the reminders themselves will slow me down, or a reminder will come into my phone when I'm trying to talk to someone or when I'm trying to use that GPS locator -- oops, just missed that turn -- thanks, GCal.

I'm not against technology. In fact, I love it or I wouldn't be keeping my calendar on the Internet and giving my contact information to Google. However, simpler is usually better, and there are times when the simplest technology works the best. Well, consider pen and paper. I think that not only is the pen mightier than the sword, it's mightier than Google Tasks, Remember the Milk, or Toodledo. If the aim is to remember what to do, then the simple act of physically writing them down does the job: It helps you to remember. This phenomenon is supported by research and here's how:

1. Most of our knowledge about the world comes from three places: our eyes, our ears, and our hands. Educators are finding that writing and drawing, activities you do with a pen or pencil and paper, help the brain to understand concepts, especially concepts that have to do with language. A functional MRI study on the neural substrates for writing confirms this. Because we are set up to learn in large part through what our hands do, thus hands-on forms of learning tend to be more effective. So writing things down helps us to remember more than making a virtual online to do list would because we get our hands more involved.

2. Hands are so helpful when it comes to learning and remembering that some teachers say using sign language (spoken with the hands) in the classroom can help students to concentrate and focus. So writing is not the only way to engage the hands in order to facilitate learning and concentration.

3. The brain remains plastic even as we age. Even though adults are not in school all the time, we can still hope to learn and develop while we work even as we get older. Neurologists say that even after the 40s, an adult brain can continue to rewire itself, make new connections, and learn new things. So brain research related to children's literacy (reading and writing) applies to adults, not just to kids.

4. Being productive is all about concentrating, focusing, learning, remembering things, and above all, staying sharp. I want my work habits to support me in staying sharp, not to cause me to get lost in a mental fog in which I try to convince myself that I don't have to remember anything because Google will remember it for me. According to neuroscientists, adults can even become more intelligent as they age, if they take the opportunity to continue learning.

That's why, I write down my to do list on a sheet of paper instead of typing it away and depending on technology to do the job for me. I also don't rely on digital recorders to keep track of ideas in meetings, I use the old-fashioned method; taking notes with a pen and paper. Moreover, I find that I remember most of what I hear when I write it down. Ironically, I end up not having to refer to my notes. I save the notes, though and becomes useful when sometimes my colleagues like to borrow them.

So, how do you use technology appropriately?

Article by Art Decker who is a division manager with Self Storage Company, which operates a group of websites, including a California self-storage locator. Art leads a busy life, but enjoys meeting new people and interacting with customers when traveling between sites, like from San Francisco to the San Jose self-storage center.

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11 April 2010

Think in Relativity to Energy

Can you guess what I'm thinking? Does the solution to this problem seem more apparent?

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16 March 2010

Best things in Life are Free

Here is a free offer: Follow me, I'll follow you. Please leave your blog addresses in the comments for me to check it out. You can also find me on my site, this blog (RSS), Twitter, and Google - where the same offer applies (my offer also extends to other networks connected via these profiles). I had a Facebook account but it was disabled because they think having too many "friends" or connections is a bad thing. Now, I can't access any content I've uploaded there and contacts of 1000 REAL people at the time with whom I've connected at different levels. Oh no! =[

In any case, this offer is non-exclusive and I will follow you without condition. However, if I don't find merit in your content after some time I may stop following and I suggest you do the same if that is the case. Oh and when I do find merit, I will continue following and share your ideas with the World.

Looking forward to your comments,

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17 February 2010

Do You See a Problem Here?

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08 February 2010


Here is the deal; but keep breathing as you read. I've been working on this question for about 25 years. Never quite got around into putting it efficiently so I tried not to post much. The answer to the meaning of life is re-evaluating and saving time! You could save lives by simply thinking. Also time is not money - its just a ruler we invented. So, we are only slaves to time until we find a way to live forever (or cheat by bending time?). Therefore, all other systems will eventually FAIL but this one.

Australian future scientists or 'futurists' Richard Watson and Ross Dawson prepared an extinction timeline showing the likely FAILS by 2050:

2012 Dial-up internet access
2013 Fax machine
2014 Getting "Lost"
2016 Pensions, 'gay' bar, computer mouse
2020 Copyright
2022 Blogs, spelling rules, Maldives
2023 Non-working weekends, Paris Hilton
2024 Desktop computer, AM radio
2025 Free highway / bandwidth.
2026 Lunch, FM radio, sincerity, wrinkles
2030 Key, childhood, reality television
2033 Coins
2034 Cheap travel, Bangladesh
2035 Mid-Range, petroleum, spam, Aborijinler, Microsoft
2036 Petroleum-operated vehicles, addiction
2037 Glacier, natural ways to have children
2038 Wars
2039 "Excuse me", the European Union
2040 Wallets, free public places, carbon emissions, paper money, deafness
2042 Ties
2044 Future scientists
2049 Google, blindness
After 2050: Cosmetic surgery, physical pain, ugliness, death

Economy problem? Solution: Time Based Currency. Well, given that my real wallet is empty I think I need to find a way to survive first. I propose let's all work together in building an open cloud system that any user could log in from any where using any device (all sharing idle machine resources with the network) and log their thoughts easily and trade them with other people's time. Since every product, service or thought is a process they could all be transferable. Every one should be able to keep their thoughts (or time-line) private if they wanted, share them with just family, or friends in their network. If they think they solved a process quicker (i.e. play the game called "real life"), they could share it with the World at that precise leapsecond and get paid by the time it saves from all people. Let's prioritize our system using Maslow's essentials but allow user to prioritize their own lives (and use technology only when needed).

I think it's a great time we the creative people to re-think our priorities. Since they gave all the money back to those who drowned this economy in the first place, let them keep it. Let's make it worthless to them. Let's save one person at a time. Save yourself first. Then save your mother, father and family. Then your friends. Then other people. If today everyone used such a "website" it would bring the World standards forward by 30 years! It would be a small leap for yourself, but a big leap for humankind.

Help us save us! Let's build the most productive virtual system ever that we could use to get on with our business (or "thoughts" so to speak) and make it interfere less with our lives and play/energize time. It could be a simple community website and ubuntu that is fully secure that we could use to pay others for the time they rightfully deserve and cut out all the middle-men. Ultimately, an open global community is the only way forward. We would never see ads and spam if we could access the products we actually needed.

I'm available to work on this project at UTC+2 to discuss further and offer my time to design the best interface we could. Surely we could have some people interested in having a go at the back-end or even build some hardware? Who knows, think of a smart watch that helps people survive and live for example. I have great ideas and I'm very passionate about my work but I'm very new to the open source community, how do we even begin?

PAYTIME: That would be 5 minutes please, for saving us X years of time - thank you! [FREE payment options: help mankind, join this network or keep thinking!] Time-back not offered with this content. Some rights reserved. =]

Change is inevitable!

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12 January 2010

Pictures Worth A Thousand Words - Post 20

Living Photograph "Living Photograph" - 'Pictures Worth A Thousand Words' series - Post 20 via.

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