Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The story so far…

Okay, I’ve been hard at work, almost on a war footing, to distance myself from the addictive browser. Incredibly enough, I’ve already been using enough tools over the past few months/years to reduce my dependence in the browser. I guess it’s time for me to add the finishing touch.

  • For email, I use Windows Live Mail.
  • For chatting, I’m on Yahoo! Messenger for Vista and GTalk.
  • For blogging, I misuse Windows Live Writer.
  • For reading news, I’ve restarted using FeedDemon. I’m now subscribing to only a handful of feeds as compared to the countless ones on Google Reader.
  • To carry news with me when I’m traveling to and fro the office, I’m now subscribing to VOA podcasts via FeedStation.
  • My online expense manager is already synched with Microsoft Excel via DocSyncer.

All this might sound silly, but this is the only way I can reduce my time spent online. I hope to switch to my new routine by Saturday. There are many more steps in austerity to be taken.

3 comments:

Gurdas said...

Deepanjan,

You are SICK and need help. The problem is accentuated because you do not realise how sick you are.
:-)

The amount of tech writing you do gives the message you do that for a living. That is, you get paid for trying all this tech wizadry and writing about it.

Which you don't.

I rarely find you writing about a walk, or a sunset or rainfall. That is tech if you see from my viewpoint. Infact, that is so high-tech, it is magic.

Don't distance yourself from the browser and get hooked to a messenger or some stupid feeds. That is like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Take a walk. Climb a mountain. See some new places. Meet some new people. Explore a new culture. You will not regret it.

I have not come across a single person who fondly remembers an online chat or a new song playing utility after a few years. All that you will remember is holding hands, looking at a sunset or fighting some tough sea waves.

Make sure you are not bankrupt in long term memories.

Your free advice friend,
G

Deepanjan said...

Guru,
Keep the advice flowing! I needed something like this.

You are absolutely right when you say that I'm doing too much of technology and that I need to focus on the real world. That's precisely the reason why I'm seeking this shakeup within. It was high time I woke up to what I was missing.

Rest assured, technology is being banished from future pages for good. The enlisting of tools (in the current post) I use is just a concerted effort to spend less time online. They just help me in getting things done and jumping off quickly.

Without self-discipline, this will be difficult. It's been a chronic problem with me. I need to compartmentalize certain things and ensure they don't spill over.

I need a life...& I swear I'll get it.

Thanks for the comment. It was therapeutic.

Prateek said...

You should have daily meetings with Mrs. Palm and her five duaghters.