Quote from jov
one thing you will discover
the older you get, the more you will notice that technology does NOT save time or money :spin: :spin: :spin: :spin: :spin: :spin:
I don't know.....I'm pretty old and I haven't experienced that.
Technology isn't a magic anything, it's a tool. If you use the right tool for the right job, you can be more efficient. It's really that simple.
The hard part of course, is to discern what tool will really help you. Our culture doesn't help this process by trying to teach us via ads that we need the smallest, fastest, most up to date version of every electronic tool. (and of course that you'll be happier, less busy, less stressed and thinner once you have them
). A low tech version of this was my Chemistry class. My Prof was insane/crazy about handwriting. The first thing we turned into him, he circled all the letters and numbers that he didn't think were written properly. We were told that this time, he didn't take off points, but that next time he would. So, I learned that the tool I was using for class (a pen) was not nearly as useful as a thin mechanical pencil so that I could erase and re-write any offending character before turning in a lab or classroom assignment. It's all about the right tool.....technology is just a different set of tools.
What I do is figure out what tasks I need to accomplish (so for school, taking notes, recording lectures, doing research, creating and using flashcards, listening to lecture recordings, working at school or at home, writing papers and assignments). Anything that didn't help with those tasks was ruled out. So when I bought my laptop, I didn't get a huge screen with the latest and greatest video card with an internal CD/DVD ROM burner. I focused on a ultralight laptop that I can write on, record audio with that had the latest wi-fi protocols.
Another tricky part is that you can't use someone else's list of tasks you need the tool for, because you might have different priorities (ie maybe you have kids and would need a DVD-ROM on the laptop to keep kids with you busy while you're researching at the library)....the same way you wouldn't buy a car or a house because it worked well for your friend.
I don't think any of my technology tools has saved me money.....but I know that they've not only saved me time, they've allowed me to be a more efficient learner.