Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Reduction of Technology

I read "The Challenge of a Vintage Lifestyle in a Twenty First Century" by Koop Kooper at UltraSwank and it has me thinking about reduction of technology for the sake of vintage living.

I want to step right up and say that I don't have a ton of technology, but I kind of like what I have.

This morning I saw an article floating around facebook that I tagged UltraSwank in because it reminded me of his article.  "The Light Phone Is The Anti-Smartphone" by techcrunch.com

I keep wondering what I could do to reduce my technology while still being able to maintain my online voice.

I decided to ask myself two questions:

  1. What kind of technology do I have?
  2. What technology could I do without or replace with lower/manual form of technology?
I looked around my apartment and took inventory.
  • Laptop
  • Desktop (this is my art computer)
  • 30" Flat screen with built-in dvd player
  • Crosley songbird radio
  • Ipod
  • Keurig coffee pot
  • Samsung 4G LTE (verizon free phone)
  • Fuji digital camera
  • Canon digital video recorder
  • Fitbit
My laptop is my main computer and my desktop is my art and writing computer.  I don't think I could get rid of either one of these currently.

My television isn't the biggest or the best.  In fact, I need some speakers so I can hear the television without having to jack up the volume.  I do have a roku player stick that lets me connect to stuff like netflix and amazon.  I really enjoy this technology because I don't own all the movies I want to watch.  Do I need it?  No.  Do I enjoy it?  Yes.  Do I have cable television or standard television (is that still a thing?)? No.

I have a crosley radio that I blogged about a few months ago.

I have an old ipod that can store 160 GB.  It was top of the line when I got it, but now it's best capability is to show a movie on a tiny screen - if you have a movie on it.  I will admit that I still haven't quite figured out how to use itunes and I'm frustrated that itunes will suddenly erase stuff I do on the ipod from winamp.   Do I need it?  Yes.  It helps me stay motivated at the gym, I use it to listen to music when I travel (vehicle, plane, etc), I use it when I clean or do yard work, and I occasionally use it to help me with meditation.  Could I get rid of it?  I could, but I will not.

The Keurig coffee pot that I have is okay.  I also have a french press, but I don't always need that amount of coffee, hence the K-cup which is single serving.  I would prefer an espresso machine because I like having total control over my morning brew and I miss using a manual machine.  Do I need the k-cup? Meh.  I need coffee to raise my blood pressure before the gym.  Could I get rid of it? If I had something better to replace it with, yes.

I don't use my phone for most things.  I tend to use my phone (in order of usage) as a clock, for text messages, to check email, for phone calls from my boyfriend, and to use my workout app (its specifically for the crossfit gym I go to).  I don't spend a ton of time on my phone.  I don't freak out if I forget it at home or if it gets lost in my purse all day.  Do I need it?  No.  Do I enjoy it?  Not particularly.  I enjoy talking to my boyfriend.  Does that count?    Looking at the Light Phone (mentioned above) I would definitely consider changing to it.  I would also consider switching to a rotary phone with or without an answering machine.  I survived for a long time without a cellphone.  Its not something I absolutely need.

My digital camera and digital video recorder I use for paranormal investigation and research activity, as well as personal usage.  I don't know if I want to go back to 35mm film simply because I have a fear that person processing the film won't know what they're doing.  I do miss having tangible pictures that are on a better quality photo paper than what I put into the printer.  Do I need these?  For work I do.

My parents' neighbor updated her fitbit and gave her fitbit to me since she knew I workout a lot.  I like the minimal modernist design.  It allows me to track my activity, food and water intake, and sleep.  Do I need it?  No.  Could I get rid of it? Yep.  I was doing stuff like this by keeping a food journal.  There's something a little more real about writing stuff down in a journal as opposed to using your phone or pc to enter stuff.

How do you guys feel about reducing technology?  Do you use any extra tech that you really don't need?

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