a digital nation

Watch this PBS documentary: a digital nation. It changed the way I viewed technology. They discuss how the internet has hurt (and helped) relationships, how multitasking is destroying our culture, how we create second lives through the internet, and how pretty soon we’ll be sending our kids to internet addiction camps like they already do in Korea. You really should watch it, I found it fascinating.

As a result, in the last few weeks I’ve began multiple conversations about the value of media in our life: twitter, facebook, google buzz… what is the point of it all? Does it add more value or only distract?

The short conclusion is that I think it adds a lot a value IF properly used. Proper Netiquette (defined: short for network etiquette, the code of conduct regarding acceptable online behavior) must be displayed as well as moderation in all things, including email use. Which is why I felt the need to go on a google chat hiatus for the last two weeks– I was feeling addicted ‘being online’, I felt the compulsion to have some sort of web presence, as weird as that may sound. Some of you may have felt the same way with a different web program.

Feel addicted to youtube videos? Do you constantly think of your actions in terms of something to blog about or update your facebook status with? Can you handle being signed out of your email for a few hours? a few minutes?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, then I venture to say that it is time to step back. Let’s look at how the web is helping and hurting us, then refine how we use it.

One final thought from Thomas Jefferson: “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” I think in some small way, the internet is a powerful form of tyranny over the mind of man. Although I haven’t developed this thought thoroughly. Elder Bednar also had a lot to say on this subject.

I’d appreciate your thoughts.

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my favorite web tool: evernote

I decided I’m going to start posting informative instructional posts about things that I like and enjoy. Currently that will include many things web-related. So here goes on the first one…

Evernote is an archival, web-based program that meets all my note-taking needs. I downloaded it a year ago and was convinced of it’s validity once I found out Aaron Miller used it (he is the source of all Mac wisdom and also a personal idol). I use it mainly to write in my journal, take notes for school, and clip articles/recipes/ideas from the web. On the Evernote blog, there are many other ideas of how to use Evernote. Somethings I’ve been impressed with is using evernote to plan a wedding, buy a house/car, file recipes, categorize business cards, organize your job search, etc.

Best features
Webclipping. Anytime I see an article/picture/recipe/blog that I want to look at again, I just click my evernote button and it automatically adds it to my evernote library with the source url.
Searchability. I love searching a whole database of notes with a single stroke (my journal, school notes, articles, etc)
Email/text yourself notes. Evernote generates an email address that feeds into your Evernote account.
Online accessibility and backup. All my notes are online and on my laptop. I can access them wherever I am.
These are just a few of my favorite features, but you can also tag your notes, share notebooks, add documents and files to your notes, take pictures of documents you want to save, etc. Such possibility!
Do you know of any other awesome note-taking software?

I’m back.

This is post 100. Fitting, since it has taken me a few months to work up the courage to write this post. Fitting also because this may possibly be the busiest week this year and yet I writing this post instead of working on a presentation or grading social responsibility paper. Ironic?

I’m not sure how I feel about blogs these days. I take it back. I know how I feel— I LOVE blogs. However, I don’t know what my role is in the web-log-o-sphere. I’m currently working on (and am obsessed with) a newer and better version of this blog. Speaking of things I’ve been obsessed with recently. Here is a list:
Personal Finance Blogs (www.getrichslowly.com, http://www.mymoneyblog.com, http://www.consumerismcommentary.com)
Fall. The season. It’s sad to see it go.
Evernote. The best thing since Microsoft.
Podcasts (NPR, CC, LDS.org, BYU-Idaho speeches, etc.)
Quicken (Do you see a trend yet? Clearly I’m attached to my computer.)
Grape-nuts (Thanks Mom, for the great example.)
My r-ball accomplice and my roommate who both put up with a lot of me.
My niece.
the Food Co-op: Cheap fresh produce and yummy bread.
My new running shoes.
My bed.
I’ve got more but I’ll save them for another day. But who knows really when I’ll post next. Oh – and one final thing. Liz told me to announce my availability to the world.
World: I’m available. Let me know when you can schedule me in.