The initial sobering thought is that you would not be reading this post if there were no internet. The thought of LWTI (Life Without The Internet) came to me in sort of a wave of experiences. The front edge of the wave led me to admit sometimes I use my smartphone and its connection to the Internet to avoid human contact. Yes, if I am restless at dinner or a Poker game, I take out my phone and check email or scan world headlines. Every time my phone vibrates I take it out, often interrupting an ongoing conversation. In short, I am addicted to the stimulation of the Internet.
What was life like before the Internet?
- Communication – There were F2F meetings, often requiring time- consuming travel to meetings. There were long distance phone calls. There was snail mail. In the 1960’s, I can remember patiently waiting in my college dormitory post office to find out if my family’s care package shipped 10 days ago had arrived today.
- Banking -Ah, the days of standing in line to make a deposit or to pay a vendor. It was licking a stamp on an envelope and mailing the bill to the provider of your services.
- Libraries – Walking to the library and hoping that the reference book you needed for your report was available and paying the library fines often.
- Movies – As a child, Saturday afternoons were special for my bother and me. I fondly remember going to a matinee where admission and popcorn for the both of us cost less than a dollar.
- Employment. There was no such thing as working online. You dressed for work. You commuted to work. More often than not you worked from 8-5 and commuted home.
- Television. For the first 18 years of my life there was one T.V. in the house. We watched together as a family and of course there was no streaming, Youtube or viewing on a tablet or smartphone.
Was life slower, better, more enjoyable before the Internet? For my grandchildren there are no comparisons. All of their lives they have experienced Email, Google, Facebook, iPhones and ordering from Amazon and receiving their products in the same day. They don’t know the meaning of film and typewriters.
Could we exist today without the Internet? Does the child growing up in the Internet age lack personal communication skills? Do we as adults keep our personal communication skills sharp?
In Part 2, I will discuss a need to return to some of the skills we had before the Internet.
It’s no secret that I like to take photos. I now take all my shots using my Nexus 6 smartphone. My go to app is Google Photos. Today I found an exceptional post by the Verge
There are a lot of great takeaways. The three best for me are the following:
- SEARCH IS THE KILLER FEATURE
- FREE UP STORAGE ON YOUR PHONE
- SHARED ALBUMS
What else do you do with Google Photos?
2016 Google Year In Search Video
Another great video production. I would love to spend some time with the very talented video editors. Take 15 minutes out of your day to see 2011 -2015.
Pop Quiz CTL Subscribers. Do you know the subjects you searched for in Google. How about images, finance, news or maps.Well now you can not only find those subjects but delete them if you think it might prove embarrassing. You can find all this information including the device you searched with by going to myactivity.google.com. Here are some of my results:
- Today at 3:25 pmJ I was on Facebook on my desktop computer and viewed Researchbuzz.me
- June 19th I downloaded the Alexa App on my Nexus phone
- May 30th I searched for the Cuenca temperature on my iPad
- Last year on my birthday I searched for the term “disruptive technology” 5 times using my computer
While you’re using Google statistics go to myaccount.google.com and check the following
- Security Checkup
- What apps have access to your account
- Google Drive storage
- Backup emails and phone
Below is a screen capture of some of the apps that have access to my Google Data. Notice the App Streak which somehow has access to more data than I am comfortable with. I deleted the access of the app.
Devote 3o minutes to peruse myactivity.google.com and myaccount.google.com you will be informed and surprised.
I’m a big fan of using “Ok Google” which is a voice activated command to instruct your Android Phone or Table to execute a command. It also works on iPhones and iPads using the Google App.
Last year in August I reviewed some Google Now Commands On average, I use “OK Google 6 times a day. Here are some of my typical Google Now Commands in the last day
- What time is the next NBA Finals Game
- Show me my last 10 messages
- Call my wife
- Create a calendar event
- How do you say “sometimes” in Spanish
- How far is it from my house to Cuenca Sunrise Cafe
You can see the complete list of commands here
I’m a big fan of Google Calendar. I use it on my computer, iPad and Smartphone.
This easy to read article tells you how you can expand your use of Google Calendar. My favorites are the following:
- Work toward your goals
- Keep your family insync
- Meal planning
- Share travel information
The quintessential question among Smartphone Users :”Is the iPhone platform superior to that of the Android system? Having used both platforms I can say I prefer the Android operating system. I find it easier to customize and Android has some features the iPhone is lacking. Below are some of them.
- Better Battery Stats And More Efficient Battery Saver
- More information from the home button. – Marshmallow’s Now on Tap tries to solve this issue by offering related information and links, based on its understanding of your texts.
- Back up unlimited photos using Google Photos – My favorite option
- Voice search without unlocking your phone
- Lost your phone – Google it
- Access your phone on a friend’s phone
A very good article and these hidden features and more at this link
It seems I always need more storage with several email accounts and a huge photo and video collection. Google is offering 2 gb of free storage by doing a routine security check on your google account settings. The check takes about 2 minutes to complete and is actually very helpful. I found that several apps and games had access to my Google setting. I quickly eliminated those privileges.
Pop Quiz CTL subscribers. How many people worldwide use Gmail. Go to the head of he class if you were even close to 900 million. Here are some other interesting stats
- 25% of of Americans use Gmail during working hours
- 75% of Gmail users open their mail on a mobile device
- 31 is the average age of a Gmail user (ouch)
- 74 languages – Gmail supports
- 99.9% uptime
If you use the Inbox version of Gmail – the search function became even more powerful. Go to the Gmail Blog for a full description
Got 20 minutes to kill? Want to see how smart you are on News Trends. Then run, don’t walk to Trend Quiz and entertain/frustrate yourself on the results. It’s addicting!