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Do I have to…use a computer

I hardly use a computer anymore*. 99% of what I need to do I’ll use my iPad or even mobile for.
I admit, surfing the traditional web is sometimes a hassle on iPad (need I mention Flash), but most really interesting places have found a way to make it work without scaling to an old school mobile design (not Google, but them putting up a fight is understandable)

On the other hand you can imagine how much more effort the 1% is requiring nowadays – my computer is 5-6 years old at this point. Eventually I’m sure I’ll see the benefit of spending money on a new one.

My camera is basically replaced by my phone, and the result – I actually take pictures! It’s not really that I don’t like my camera (Sony Cybershot in hot pink). It’s actually awesome, but it’s over 4 years and the screen is a bit hard to read by now. If I didn’t love so much I’m sure I’d get a new one, but for the last year I’ve just replaced it more and more with my phone (Motorola Atrix 1). Since I use the camera so little I just recently realized that a big upside to it is that I can load my pictures straight on to my iPad, which it won’t let me do from my phone. Luckily sharing from my phone is idiot proof and covers every direction I’ve ever wanted to go in.

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So what is the 1%?
Word-processing and saving documents as PDF
Watching tv-shows if I miss them (I’m traditional when it comes to watching TV)
Surfing certain sites that just don’t get it
Backing up my phone (honestly, I just don’t do it)
Creating presentations, PPT and Prezi (my pet peeve, should be so much more fun on iPad!)

What do you use your computer for? And better yet, which one should I go for when I just can’t take the 10 minute start-up process and the 1-minute-to-change-program anymore?

*At home that is. When it comes to work my laptop is glued to my fingertips!

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Just watch it!

Found this video on a blog and it just hit the spot! Much like the Swedish book “Boxen” by professor Micael Dahlén.

Tablet living

On habit changing tablets

Early summer in the middle of Sweden. There’s six of us sitting on the front porch of the summer house. Two laptops with tonights Icehockey game is placed in front of most of them. Me, I’m watching the other nights gardening show on my iPad. I admit it, I never watch TV except for on TV before I got my iPad. It was too much hassle. The only reason I do it now is because it’s sooo easy. I have it next to my bed, I bring it to the summer house and watch it in the sun.

Later the same summer heat and humidity makes it impossible to be in our apartment. Having looked forward to finally watching a summer tv-show I simply placed the iPad on a table on the balcony and both me and my boyfriend could watch the show quite easily.
Granted it’s a bit silly to watch a 10″ when we have a 32″ and a 40″ in the apartment – but still!

Places and geo-tagging

I finally caved and took the time to learn why geo-tagging has been (is) all the rage….
As usual, consumers are so much faster than the brands and only a few companies can consider themselves awake enough to have kept up the early-adopters within geo-tagging.

I warned my Twitter feed that I was going to try out Gowalla, Foursquare etc but that I would try not to spam them with too many check-ins.
The joke was on me as I have yet to manage to share on Twitter even ONCE!

Never mind that, here are the basics of some of the geographically related social media services that people use today:

Gowalla

Initially the one that made the most sense. Start with choosing “Check in” and then search for where you are. The fact that you get cute badges and stuff at random can probably act as both a repellant and add to the addictiveness.

I’ve managed to check in on several places, sharing 9 photos, getting 21 “stamps” and 6 “pins”.

Me – being the less socially driven of their users – got a bunch of points for being “the first of my friends” to check in to places. Now, this is a good idea – if it weren’t for the fact that I had 0 friends 🙂

Foursquare

It took me more than a bit of time to get how the check-ins worked. Once I had that figured out I quite liked the structured way in how they told me how many points I earned for every check-in.

Although I managed to add 4 friends, I only checked in 11 times, got 3 badges and a mayorship -and I still have NO idea what I would use this information for 🙂

Facebook places

This seems like the obvious choice if you want to share. I mean how many hundred friends do you have on Facebook? Despite this, I don’t feel more compelled to check in here. Maybe even less because I know a big portion of the ppl I know aren’t interested in my every move!
A big minus is the lack of photo adding – photos is what I want to share, that much I’ve learned.

In general, the want to share is the only driver that matters. It’s nice to collect points, offers and stuff. And you always share, with the people that be-friend you on each service – but that’s not enough to remember to check in to every place you set your foot every day.

These services are good when they bulk the truly social of the web with the chance to gain real benefits from it (discounts, free coffee etc)

In a time when more people are creating more content and news travel fast I’m a bit perplexed by the rise of magazine pay walls. It’s not that I don’t understand publishers need to increase revenue, it’s just that I don’t see what news outlet would make me get out my Visa.
My normal reaction to a pay wall is “too bad, that would have been a nice article to read”, and that is also the extent of of it.

On the other hand I probably would pay to read a blog of someone I admire/find thought provoking/funny. After all, I pay for books (even those where the content originates from a blog).

So maybe that’s a valid reason for pay walls – limiting access to columns, in-depth articles etc. The question then is, who will tell me what is worth paying for?! How many free months of access will it take for me to grow a habit? Who will play the role of the bookstore clerk/librarian and suggest material worthy of both my time and money?

I would think the real money lies in being the “critic” of content. Building a trust from knowing what’s worth ppl’s time first, and then possibly being the go-to source for good paid-for content. But that of course implies you’re not an old-school critic, working for a newspaper, because that would mean you get stuck behind the pay wall! 🙂

What content critic are you already listening to, and what sites would you pay up to use?
Maybe we also need to widen the concept of “pay”? Ads and actual money are the two everyone seems to rely on, but shouldn’t it really be a third and fourth option to explore…

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Update April 21st

Econsultancy article about a possible third payment option?!

Seth Godin video

This guy never stops inspiring me. He some times tick me off, but nevertheless I walk away inspired.

Watched this old talk with some co-workers during lunch a while back:

This is broken

Having lucnch with a friend today I got to thinking about the need for inspiration and how lucky we are to have things like this at our fingertips. It can truely brighten the gloomiest of days. Now I only wish I could snap my fingers and be in NYC in time for GEL 2011

If you want more of Seth check out his blog of short but often thought-provoking posts, or follow his twitter-robot ThisIsSethsBlog (or don’t, because I really don’t like the idea of automating your tweets becoming acceptable)

Digital Devotees SWE

Just wanted to share a new way of raising (or making) money from your blog.
I’ve started an opinion group – if you join you agree to answer surveys and receive incentives for doing so.

It’s dead easy to do and you decide what you want to use the money for. it’s all paid to your PayPal account.

If you don’t want to join my group, but rather start you own – sign up here to raise money!

If you DO want to join my group I’ll be really pleased – but you have to know Swedish (for now) due to restrictions of the service I’m using.

I haven’t decided what to give the money to yet – suggestions are welcome! Remember it’s not the kind of money you’ll get from working, but some is better than none, right! 🙂