Being the master rather than a slave to technology.
I am clumsy this morning, perhaps due to my tiredness, I somehow without a click of a mouse whilst editing a blog post hit the “publish” button. I watched in horror as a rubbish half-finished blog post became published, sending itself to over 1000 e-mail accounts. I deleted the post in question, and this post replaces it.
Technology moves so fast, now designed to predict your next moves, and is getting complex. It is easy to make an error doing a bank transaction for instance, due to a glitch on your computer, a distraction or an internet loss of connection, sending the wrong amount of money to the wrong person, and the chance you will never get that money back.
The failure of an Amazon data centre server recently meant some major websites went offline. Occasionally the financial markets have to suspend trading because their computer systems fail. The recent spying revelations leaves the individual wondering if their own cell phone is their friend or an agent working for the State. Everyone is so reliant upon information technology that a failure or an error can have devastating consequences.
In my opinion the self should be the master of their technology, rather than the slave. Technology are great tools that should work for us rather than against us. Simplicity is good, so if you have no need for a tool then dump it. Use only the tools that help you do a process better, and dump any tool that hinders you. I have no need for apps or smart phones, my unbreakable JCB cell phone with no internet connection is all I need. I avoid Facebook, but I think Twitter is useful to my business. I avoid cloud computing preferring to keep my personal and business information under my roof. For journals it is pen-and-paper.
I am always innovating, seeing if I can do a process better with technology, for instance one of my laptops will convert to an open source Ubuntu operating system rather than Windows. I shall soon require an iPad so I can show customers my creative designs.
In summary, be the master of your technology and avoid dependency upon it.