So could 2009 finally be the year that my gadgets start to work for me instead of me working for my gadgets? (This sounds like the final episode of the terminator series).
This may sound strange to those who know the recent technical torture I have been through: just before xmas my work notebook went totally AWOL after some dodgy office patch (and it took the IT “Help”desk 1 month to resolve the problem) and just after an opensuse 11 update was finally tweeked to perfection my trusty shuttle linux server just died – but it had served me faithfully for over 6 years AND it was a hardware fault (and so nothing to do with my perfectly executed upgrade!) so I can say with a tear in my eye: RIP.
But FINALLY I have hope that simplicity could now enter my life. And through the gadgets that are meant to help me do this but I believe in the past actually made things harder…
The thing I mean is that in the past I have had to implement incredible workarounds to get things like my outlook address book in the office synchronised with my PCs @ home and phone and maybe PDA. Same is true with calendar and todo lists. Well, my todo lists solution is still not perfect but maybe that is also better for my sanity! 😉
For those tech freaks amongst you the answer is in 2 web services: the excellent and ever improving plaxo.com with the worlds best ever outlook plugin and almost-as-good thunderbird plugin. Eventually I hope once the thunderbird plugin covers also lightning (I.e. calendar sync too) then I will only need this one. Until that day I have also google calendar plugins on both outlook and thunderbird/lightning @ home. This together with the excellent nokia sync SW means that all of my devices are always synchronised and it looks like so far that all of the important data is synced. And so far I have no double entries as used to often be the case after syncing with my psion or palms.
In addition to this I have also finally managed to integrate delicious.com into my life – it also requires a little bit of letting go and stopping the anal wonderfully clean feeling folder view of bookmarks and simply dumping them with tags in a delicious data swamp. But with the search plugin for firefox I can find my way through the swamp without being eaten by the gators.
So now I just have to hope that neither plaxo, delicious, google, microsoft or nokia go bankrupt.
I guess no matter how bad windows7 is microsoft will not vanish. The same is probably true for google unless we find out that the internet doesn’t actually exist and infact it’s all housed in the google datacentres. Nokia should I think survive despite android and the iPhone – but then maybe in the end NSN will be carrying the mobile devices unit! 😉 So I probably just have to worry for delicious and plaxo.
I think I will set myself a reminder for 6 months and 12 months from now to provide a half-time score and full-time result on this topic to let you know if my hope became reality. Assuming my calendars continue to sync properly then I will not forget….