Too Many Gadgets, Too Little Space



With little to no desire to do any real writing this weekend, I decided to clean my work space. Once the papers were filed and the books were shifted to the right corner, a clear picture emerged, one of too many gadgets — and too little desk space.

Thankfully, some of those gadgets are review units, soon to be shipped back. But the amount of space they’ll leave behind is still limited. I’m wondering if it’s time to bring home a desktop. Mac Pro is a tad too expensive but would be the perfect machine. I have been trying out Apple’s 30-inch display, but I haven’t come to terms with the size of the screen yet, though the sharpness and clarity are pretty impressive.

Regardless, of all the gadgets sitting on my desk, the Ipevo Skype Desk Phone is the one device I find to be the most useful on a day-to-day basis. If you use Skype to stay in touch with your friends and contacts, I’m sure you would agree. And although you can’t see it in this picture, the Radiosophy’s $50 (after rebates) HD Radio is also a pretty good addition to any work space, especially if you like listening to jazz/blues while writing or surfing the web.

Looking at that photo, which I am sharing with you thanks to a most excellent application/service called Skitch, it is clear that as time goes by, the Edge will continue to become richer and richer. I wonder if this will mean “opportunities” for some software guys who can make sense of this personal data-rich environment.

What also became suddenly clear to me from looking at my living room set-up was that the EU-backed Nanodatacenter project isn’t as far fetched as one might think.

The so-called Nanodatacenters project is based on the idea that you don’t need giant data centers as long as you have increasingly powerful devices in millions of living rooms, capable of doing so much more than suffering through all those Law & Order re-runs.

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