Gotta Have It
By Perry Michael Simon on December 23, 2010
The continuing problems with Skype — as of early this morning, the reports had the system only about 30% functional — are undoubtedly inconveniencing people, some more than others. Way more. That’s because some people rely on Skype for all of their calls, while others, like me, often forget to even bother to launch the program at all. One person’s tech catastrophe is another’s so-what.
And that raises this topic: What one tech or Net item can’t you live, or do business, without these days, other than the Net in general? Is there a program that you rely upon to such an extent that you can’t imagine functioning without it? I’m not just thinking about, say, losing your cell phone — that would cause a lot of people serious problems. No, I’m thinking more in terms of a program or app that you rely upon, that has all the information you use on a daily basis, that has all your short cuts and macros that make things easier. Some people think that way of Delicious, which is why there was some anguish when the story broke this week that it was on the endangered list. Some people put their entire lives in Outlook, while others do that with Google Docs and Calendar.
Tell us in the comments: What’s your tech can’t-live-without-it thing?
(Can you tell my background’s in talk radio?)
(And, no, we’re not talking “water” or “oxygen” or “food.” Tech, people. Think tech. Or culture, if that’s your thing. I know you can’t live without oxygen. Geez.)