Sagee just finished a two-post “series” on Location-Based Services (or LBS). It started with guest writer Gal Mor, who essentially stated that location-based services are useless in the way they are implemented today; then Sagee decided to step in and say that for enterprise use location is great.
I will not step into this debate, but would like to simply say that this brave new world of uber-connectivity (and uber-interruptions) is just too much for an old geezer like me – and I am not even 35 yet. And allow me to elaborate.
As you might have noticed from my last work of plasticine in my recent post about Amazon’s move with an Android App Store, I am now the proud owner of a Kindle.
On my birthday, a few months ago, I was browsing through Amazon’s online store in search for some books to buy for myself – a birthday treat. Living in Israel makes the experience a bit lacking: for $180 worth of books I needed to pay an additional $80 in shipment and then some local taxes that my beloved government here charges. All in all this was just too much for my taste.
I innocently checked to see if these books were available for the Kindle, and found out that most of them were. Then I had to make the obvious decision – do I pamper myself with an iPad and continue to consume my books the old way or do I give up on this amazing piece of couch-surfing technology and get myself a Kindle? After contemplating the issue, checking on various blogs and asking a few good friends, I ended up buying myself a Kindle for my birthday.
Why? Because I am too connected as it is already.
To get any work done these days, I need to really get off the grid – sign out of all of my messenger apps (and there are more than one), close that twitter client, stop Outlook from nagging with new emails. Essentially – remove all of the darn hovering message boxes that tell me there’s something new to look at. Once I get there, and only then, am I able to get any work done.
Even during the writing of this post, I stopped for several emails, and checked for new search results on my twitter client. I am pretty good at multitasking, but not that good. This is why I opted for a Kindle – it does only one thing but it does it well – it allows me to read books. Quietly.
I don’t need all the motion and commotion – the popping apps, the Internet connectivity at all times. And don’t start selling me the story of how you can do that with an iPad – I won’t. The lure of those apps and that connectivity is too great.
Back to the point – don’t give me location. Not for my personal use and not in the enterprise. And if you decide on doing that – make sure it assists me and doesn’t take up more of my time in the process.