Each day I go into work and stare at my computer for roughly eight hours a day. To kick off the new year I decided it was time to organize my computer desktop. Instead of leaving spreadsheets, Word documents, jpegs, and text files all over my desktop. I finally did something about it and consolidated the randomness into folders.
This trivial task got me thinking I should really consolidate other aspects of my life. This digital life of mine is making it tough to keep track of all my internet wanderings. I feel like a piece of me can be found everywhere.
Email. I have the following email accounts: MSN, Yahoo (3), GMail (2), About, Sympatico, Mac, Sprint cell phone, and my work email. Whether or not I know the passwords to half these is another story. My primary email is Yahoo and work. I tend to check MSN a couple times a day and my Mac email is forwarded to Yahoo!.
Calendars. I mark future events, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and work happenings using these tools. Microsoft Outlook, Apple’s iCal, Yahoo’s Calendar, Sprint cell phone calendar.
Photos. Oh shit, where to start on this one? Um, Yahoo Photos, Apple’s .Mac Homepage, HP’s website, Flickr, oFoto (now Kodak), Typepad’s Photo Albums, and Apple’s iPhoto.
Blogs. This should be another fun one. You all know I have this very Typepad blog, which I enjoy immensely. I have access to two other Typepad users blogs and have three others I’ve started and "maintain". So we have Typepad (5), Blogger (6), and one lowly MySpace "blog", if that’s what you can call that garbage.
Keys. I would guess I have 4-5 keychain rings. My regular keychain has 9 keys. The other keychains rings have duplicates and keys and other assorted keys I have no idea what they open. Throwing away a key is such a foreign concept for me. I don’t think any of the keys open storage units with corpses. "Are you a size 14?" (sorry, that movie line from Silence of the Lambs just popped in my head and I thought I’d share)
Addresses. When it comes time to send out Christmas cards or Thank You cards via the state-sponsored mail service, I fumble. Personal addresses are located in the following spots: Yahoo’s Addresses, Microsoft Outlook, MSN’s Contacts, a spreadsheet I can access on my work and home computer, and in the body of emails where the subject line says "[keep]".
Now if some wise manufacturer could create an ideal device to use all of these things. Laptops are too big for phone calls. Cell phones are too small for instant messaging, usually render shitty photos, and aren’t great for videos. Blackberry’s are cool and all, but they suck for web browsing and their navigation could use improvement. Digital cameras don’t play music and it’s impossible to check on your blog with them. The Fart Machine may* be the only perfect gizmo I’ve owned.
*possible Fart Machine enhancements: smaller speaker, odor, ability to record, and a shuffle feature.