I’m horrible at blogging. I started this with a few ideas in mind and it ended up being ~2100 words. If you’ve got ADHD you’ll never get through this. I barely got through it.
I definitely live and love the digital lifestyle. 99% of the time I think it’s a tremendous benefit. It’s still a lot harder to set up than it should be but it’s been good for me. Whenever I do something with the computers of my family or friends I’m quickly reminded of how the real world lives. I’ll blog on those experiences at some point in the future. Some are painfully revealing. The only thing that disrupts the free flow of digital information to me is those companies who I get services from (as a consumer) and our friends who give you the pertinent information over the phone (and on the answering machine) or who mail invitations.
The integration between most everything in this lifestyle is very good. That is because I use only our software. I have friends (OK, coworkers) that have jobs that require them to focus on our competition and they run a lot of competitive software. They’re always giving me grief about not testing and using the competition to see how they’re doing. I used to when I wasn’t a master of all domains (need to know lots about our stuff and everyone else’s but more from an academic standpoint—via reading). I simply don’t have the time. I want to keep my network up 7x20 (I don’t care about the four hours when we’re all asleep) and not tweaking it makes it very easy to do that. It took me a lot longer to install Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) beta software than I’d like but that’s because it wasn’t intended to support an in-place upgrade since you buy a MCE PC, not the software.
Here’s a list why I love the lifestyle:
I am looking forward to:
· Getting closer to single sign on outside of work. For most people SSO is a goal inside of work but our operations and technology group has built a world-class directory using Active Directory. I love Passport but there are far too few non-Microsoft web sites that use it. The Liberty Alliance group was supposed to challenge Passport and they had lots of members. I'm still not able to log into those member's web sites with the same ID and password. Please get in the game or talk to the Microsoft Passport people.