I’m a tool user by trade so I find things which will work for tasks or things I want to focus on. I decided long ago that open source provided answers to questions that a lot of smaller businesses would ask. I still do not see a compelling method for bringing small business and open source together. Perhaps there is a business in there somewhere.
I also really enjoy the personal technology choices or changes. I used Android and Chrome OS devices for a long time. I liked the flexibility and choice around it. In my latest update I went to a MacBook Pro 13 inch 2017 version. This choice resonated at a few levels. There are tools and applications and approaches which blend the laptop with Apple tablets and phones in a way that Android cannot do. So I made the choice to buy the iPad 2017 model because tablets do have a place but the tablet must be intelligent and swift and usable. On the Android side, the ecosystem there is changing. Android tablets were never a big deal yet we invested in them because we wanted to show our love and support. The truth is that iPads are still superior media consumption devices.
Now we get to the choice of phones. I’ve been using a Nexus 6p android phone for awhile but now that will also change. I have a iPhone 6s plus waiting for a sim card from Tmobile and I will retire that phone and end up using Apple gear again. There’s nothing wrong with me nor is there something globally good with Apple stuff. The truth is we all need change and we need to see how another thing will work to satisfy our tool using needs.
I think there are a few main precepts to this whole thing which I elucidate below for my satisfaction and your disagreement 🙂 –
- We choose devices because we want to use them in certain ways and we want them to integrate with services whether cloud or cloud enabling that lets us build our repositories of use. We move around to new devices because they promise more of that use. We also change platforms because we believe the competing platform and its ecosystem goes over the 80% threshold of satisfaction.
- We want technology that stimulates us, makes us more productive, challenges us. Its best if the things all talk together, build components within applications that we can share. This lets us use a variety of devices keyed to use parameters and that excites us.
- Life is too short to use dumb technology that does not do 1 or 2 above and I believe if we just stay a certain way with a certain thing we cannot explore more of what another ecosystem and platform may offer. Imagine hunter gatherers in their choice for making flaked stone tools with obsidian or the cherts using granite. Not the best choice and by choosing the right thing the use magnified and was built upon by succeeding generations and uses. Dumb technology does not excite, enthrall, or keep us signed up. To do that though, the competing technology needs to allow us to move over gracefully. We don’t need ivory towers of technology where you cannot find a way to peacefully change.
- Finally, we want freedom. Our data and its use must reside in a place we can access on many tools or devices. This lets us read, write, create, manage the data bits that are important from many locations. We also travel our landscape with technology and we capture and use that for things which excite, make us mad, or in the end set us free.
I don’t know if its a manifesto for technology freedom and use but what it does provide is a method and reason for us to be those tool users and experiment and use new things or competing things. It enriches out moments by not allowing us to use the same staid technology year in and out. Be bold and try what you hate! You may find more to love in what you hate. The OS ecosystem is rich and tapestried and both have sets of compelling tools. How will you know what’s good or bad if you don’t play the tool user?