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tadSpot » Tad’s Jan 2009 Digital Lifestyle Part 1
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Tad’s Jan 2009 Digital Lifestyle Part 1

January 1st, 2009 | Tags:

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Since today is the first day of a new year, I figured it would be a good time to reflect on my current Digital Lifestyle.  6 months from now we can look back and see if anything major has changed.  A year from now I’m thinking I’ll be using some really different tools/sites/etc.

Stuff I Wear:

  • T-Mobile G1 “Google Phone”
  • Apple iPod Touch

These devices are on my body or within reach nearly 24 hours a day.  I sleep right next to my G1.  With them, I am in constant contact with the rest of the world.  I think I would rather have just an iPhone, but I loath AT&T and was already a T-Mobile customer.  I think, though that eventually Lindsay and I will develop some apps for our G1s - a process much more onerous on the iPhone.

Devices I Carry:

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Nintendo DS

When I head out to work, or where ever, I usually carry a messenger bag full of stuff I might need, like my DS.  I play Brain Age 2 every day and try to have at least one book on my Kindle worth reading at all times.  Since buying my Kindle, I have resolved not to buy any more meatspace books besides technical books.  This strategy has worked well.  I recently finished Anathem on my Kindle - much nicer than lugging around a 1200 page book!

First Websites I Look at in the AM:

I am a news addict.  One of the first things I wonder about when I wake up in the morning is, “What’s going on in the world.”  These two websites are great launching points for answering that question.  I’ve followed Drudge since 1998, and Huffington since not too long after they launched.

My Digital Entertainment Lifestyle:

  • Apple TV
  • iTunes

Since I bought my Apple TV I have tried really hard not to buy any DVDs.  I think that physical media ownership is very retro.  I noticed that I rarely ever watched any DVD that I bought more than once, so I prefer to rent movies.  Apple TV and iTunes make it boneheadedly easy to rent movies.  True, they don’t have 1080p movie rentals, but my relatively meager 37″ LCD only shows 720p - I don’t miss the higher resolution at all.

Unlike movies, we end up purchasing a lot of television shows.  Apple TV makes it too easy.  This is one habit, though, I’m probably going to put a hold on.  We end up buying shows that we missed watching on our Tivo.  That’s not too smart, and if I buy an external drive for the Tivo it won’t run out of room any time soon.  Though, if Apple continues to add retro shows, I’m sure we’ll keep buying.  Avynn has seen almost all of Babylon 5 thanks to iTunes.

I realize that I can watch a lot of shows on Hulu or CBS, etc for free, but I enjoy watching shows with Lindsay and Avynn and that’s a major drag on a little computer screen.

This is an area I see improving for us in 2009.

I’ve got a list of more stuff (FriendFeed, Twitter, Evernote, etc) that I’ll post soon.  My non-digital lifestyle is encroaching… I have to walk the dog.  :)


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