Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Magical Life...

What does it mean when you realize you've reached a stage in life where you simply expect connectivity to be there - just like the air you breath? ... and that one common OpenID will seamlessly hand you off from one wi-fi zone to the next, without a hiccup in the open SaaS apps you are working in and editing? Or that you just expect to close the laptop, get off the train and into the station, and open the laptop to find the wi-fi re-established and the online apps waiting and ready? And that because the apps are online and the data warehouse is online, it does not matter that you are working on a laptop that was just delivered 12 hours earlier and has not yet been loaded with all the usual productivity software? (...but you took it as your road warrior as it was to damn sexy to leave at home?!)

To me it means that life has finally caught up to expectations. Raised in a Star Trek vision of technology that just works, and an Arthur C Clarke belief that it is akin to magic (...and we ALL believe in magic!) I am highly appreciative of days when those pesky techno-gremlins go and infest some other poor sod's techno world, leaving mine happy and shiny and perfect. Today was such a day... everything just worked.

From the time I rolled out of bed at 4:45 AM, did email, packed up, caught the train, spent the day in great discussions with knowledgable folk, and caught the train home again for a final email check at 11:45 PM... it all just worked. From the home wi-fi (which better work as I'm the tech support!) to the station zone, the onboard-enroute wi-fi, at the meeting, a skype call to catch up on missed activities, and then the trek back home again... it all just worked.
And I simply expected it to...

Google Apps, Skype, DimDim, Twitter, Blogger... all the web 2.0 tools lined up, handed off materials, and kept me productive and engaged. ...and I like it!

So... am I addicted? Am I too plugged in? ... OR am I highly effective?
Differing opinions, depending on your viewpoint, I'm sure.

But today I smiled and my world was a happy, shiny connected place to be.

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