You don't have to be a geek

My primary care physician called me as soon as an email notification arrived with my electronic health record. She said my recent blood work didn’t show RBC or WBC counts; only a note saying that I had too many 0’s and 1’s (aka language of computers) running in my veins. Then I woke up – whew, it was just a dream! Note to self: do not read fan mail before going to bed as the last one questioned me if I follow what I preach!

Yes, I do “talk the talk and walk the walk.” I also “talk the walk” as I learn something new everyday. How’s that for a mouthful? Anyway, I thought it would be fun to take a look at how yours truly uses his digital world tools.

I use a smartphone, MacBook Pro laptop, convertible Windows 7 laptop, Mac Mini desktop, iPad tablet, Nexus tablet, and Windows 8 tablet.

All of my tools connect to the same emails, calendars and contacts. This synchronizing process keeps me in-line throughout the day, both professionally and personally, so that I know where to go, who to call and what to do next. Whichever tool I reach for, the information is consistent and up-to-date.

At home, the internet connection is distributed wirelessly throughout the house. The internet line is the conduit through which digital world-based creature comforts become available. It also saves money.

I “cut the cord” some time ago, meaning I do not subscribe to cable/satellite TV. I see the shows I want, and even binge on a season’s worth of my favorite show over a weekend, received (streamed) from the internet.

I’m looking forward to the recently announced Sling TV service by Dish Network that will finally provide me with ESPN (and dozens of other networks) streamed through the internet for only $20 monthly. Cheering the Cavs, knowing I’m not paying for channels I don’t watch, will be fulfilling.

I've also disconnected from landline telephone service. Local and domestic long distance phone calls made on cell phones and over the internet save me money; international calling rates are excellent too. Through the same internet connection, my wife and I video chat with our parents overseas, offering audio and video – the next best thing to being there!

(Seniors and people with health issues may not be good candidates for telephone services over the internet, especially if telephone availability during prolonged blackouts is necessary, as internet connectivity requires electricity and traditional corded telephones do not.)

I haven’t written a check in years as I pay most of my personal and professional bills by utilizing online banking through the internet.

The kicker is you don’t have to be a geek to start taking advantage of what the internet has to offer. Analogous to the city water line coming into your house which enables you to cook, take a shower, water plants, and do a lot more, internet coming into your house will enable you to do many things … a lot more than what I can explain in 500 words!

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Tak Sato

Business and technology strategist/consultant with 25+ years of experience. Holds Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science and MBA from Cleveland State University.

As founder of geek with a heart consulting, "Hand-holding You in the Digital World", Tak helps Individuals, Seniors, Families, Small Businesses, Schools, and Non-Profits utilize appropriate technology in their personal and professional lives.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:49 AM, 01.20.2015