If Linus Torvalds can still rely on a text-based email client as his primary form of communication, and yet achieve so much, do I really need all these new medium of communications that has been offered to us in the recent years?
I have a 12 Mbps internet connection at home through the coaxial cable network, which serves as my primary means of communicating with the outside world, and well, survival. I also have a mobile phone with both a voice and data plan, and an additional mobile line with just a data plan. I have push email on my mobile phone, my contacts are pulled from Google Apps Premier through MS Exchange ActiveSync and additionally, I can also choose to leave an IM client open constantly, all subjected to the irregularities of network coverage, of course. That’s ubiquitous connectivity wherever I go.
I’ve been reevaluating my finances recently, and have come question if the amount spend on that level of connectivity is justified. In reality, I keep in touch with only a tiny subset of the people I come across daily, countable using the fingers of one human hand.
I haven’t made a single phone call for chatting purposes since early this year when my base was quarantined due to H1N1, and I send/receive less than 30 text messages on average monthly. Do I really need that voice plan, and instead, can I do VoIP if I really had to make a call? I could. What’s that mean? I could drop the voice plan and have an additional $30 a month in my pocket.
So that leaves me with two data plans, well, I could just drop of them. Combined with the above, that’s $50 a month saved.
I’ve been using technology with the ‘because I can’ mentality, rather than question myself if I really do need them. If this were an IT department, I would have invested in a lot of infrastructure with little or negligible practical value, and essentially, done a whole lot of bad budget management. Good IT management is not about jumping head first into the next bleeding edge technology, but rather, evaluating and them and getting only what is essential.