Computer Essentials

While I wait for my new system I have time to consider my computer essentials.

I’ll try to keep my brilliant realizations short:

A computer is not a lifestyle; it’s a tool. We all know that but mostly ignore it.

I have problems with my back that I never had in my life until I started sitting in front of a monitor for hours and days on end. No big surprise. My ancestors are as interesting as anyone’s but are they worth dying for?

This is my ultimate no-brainer-put-my-computer-life-in-perspective filing system. I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating. It’s my favorite so far.

I divided My Documents into 12 main folders covering the 12 main divisions of my computer use. Only 3 or 4 of them are not totally computer-related. Eleven of them are not ANCESTORS. I use the same 12 divisions for bookmarks, rss feeds, address books, EverNote 2, KeePass, ActionOutline, FreeMind mind maps, etc. Anywhere it can be done.

Here’s a starting point. What would happen if you separated your actual life that’s on your computer from your computer-only computer life? Some people might have a hard time making the distinction.

My theory here, and I’m getting a chance to put it into practice again, is to take care of my actual life first and then set aside a limit of time per day to work on my computer-only computer life, (using The Action Machine, of course; it’s excellent.) Unless it pays the bills and I don’t have a choice.

If there’s one thing we know for sure, we know it never ends. Information never ends. Digital information really never ends. You’ve got the whole world out here talking at you. Listen to me, listen to me, I’m really interesting. If you cut back, that might mean you don’t have time to read JLog but that’s OK; after taking it personally and getting all weepy, I’d survive.

A couple months ago, during another computer-crashed period, I made a list (a surprisingly short one) of what I consider to be my computer essentials, i.e. computer as a tool, not a lifestyle.

  • email
  • my website
  • online banking
  • my camera
  • Skype
  • various READ ME files covering my personal legal/health documentation in consideration of he/she who will have to read it someday
  • backups

Half of that list isn’t even ‘essential’ but ‘preferred’. What would your list look like?

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