Sitting Here Surrounded by Technology

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

Sitting Here Surrounded by Technology

 

I was sitting here at the dining room table early this morning, having my coffee, and realized how surrounded I was by technology.

 

surrounded by technologyNot intentionally or planned, it just happened.

 

But all of a sudden, as coffee-induced wakefullness emerged, I was aware of my surroundings on this early Sunday morning and my day was just getting started.

 

2 laptops, my iPad, and my iPhone were looking at me, or I them, and all were in use in various ways at the same time.

 

My computer guy has been working on setting up the new laptop, migrating files, setting up email, among other things and has been working at the dining room table (nice views of the backyard!!), so that explains the 2 laptops. But I was doing different things on each of them.

 

And because of issues with reconfiguring email on the new laptop and yet to be fixed, I was emailing on my iPad, and texting on the iPhone.

 

I've become a slave to technology I think. Good thing my office is so portable.

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Tim Lorenz
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Yes we are surrounded by tech in our business.  Have a great week.

Aug 24, 2014 02:51 AM #1
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That is certainly a busy table, Jeff!  I just cringed when you spoke about loading up a new laptop and transferring the data over.  My laptop is 4 years old and I will not get a new one until it dies because I dread the transferring process.  Everything is set up just how I want it!

Aug 24, 2014 02:58 AM #2
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Kathleen Daniels
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Jeff, we may not realize how much technology we use until we find ourselves in a situation like you ... with a waking moment of realization as it surrounds us. Most of us also need help when it comes to migration to a new computer or setting up a new device. I know I do!

I hope you enjoyed your coffee

Aug 24, 2014 03:20 AM #3
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The amount of technology we touch daily has grown and almost borders on "crazy".  But touch it we must if we're going to communicate quickly and conduct our business.   Learning how to turn it "off" at appropriate times is much harder than learning how to turn it on and use it ...

Gene

Aug 24, 2014 03:55 AM #4
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Jeff, We're all fully integrated at this point.  And a tablet has been one of our best real estate investments in years.  So handy for working with buyers in particular, or pulling up live information with sellers at a listing appointment. 

Aug 24, 2014 07:28 AM #5
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Jeff- join the club.  When I was a little girl, I wanted a real working Dick Tracy watch!  Forget the Barbies!  And now, it's here! 

Aug 24, 2014 07:37 AM #6
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Tim - indeed. It is ever-present!

Eric - well I was having major issues off and on with my laptop and it was time per my computer guy. DO NOT WAIT until it actually dies as it is much harder to make the transfer. It takes time to do it right and you need to plan on some confusion while it is happening - just my 2 cents

Jeff

Aug 24, 2014 01:33 PM #7
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Kathleen - well it was an eye opener with all the stuff in front of me, but for the most part it's part of the daily routine. The change to a new laptop, with all that that entails, adds to the fun

Gene - so true. Sometimes we have no choice but to have the technology in front of us. The balance is something I am always on. I think if we focus on trying to keep that balance we are good!

Jeff

Aug 24, 2014 02:33 PM #8
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Hi Jeff, I am about to upgrade to a new iMac. What I love about Apple is that they will be doing the transfer. 

Aug 24, 2014 03:44 PM #9
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Christopher Lotte
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hey there ,

cool hideout! LOLZ

 

have a cool day guys!

Aug 25, 2014 02:32 AM #10
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William - lucky you! Hope it goes well

Thanks Christopher!

Jeff

Aug 25, 2014 11:36 PM #11
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Michelle Gibson
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Jeff - I think most of use have become a slave to technology and every time it fails I have to remind myself how much time it saves me when it does work.

Aug 26, 2014 11:02 PM #12
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Nina Hollander
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Jeff, to one degree or another, we've all become slaves to technology no matter how hard we may have resisted doing so. All this technology is both a blessing and a curse, as far as I'm concerned!

Aug 27, 2014 03:47 AM #13
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...and oh yes, I'm old enough to remember doing a ton of business without so much technology. Somehow it all fell into place. I miss the old days when things were simpler sometimes.

Aug 27, 2014 03:49 AM #14
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Michelle - so true. The advantages outwiehg the disadvantages and problems we encounter. Migrating to the new laptop has been interesting!

Nina - indeed. I was not selling RE when there were books and all but I was buying so I do recall some of the old ways of doing things. THings have changed dramatically even since I entered the business in 2002!! Yes, in some ways it WAS smpler, but also, at times, nuch more time consuming. And maybe that was a good thing. The fast pace, and the expectations of immediacy can be a challenge.

Jeff

Aug 27, 2014 12:20 PM #15
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