Less is more when choosing digital ecosystems!

Good article to review and ponder how you're organizing your digital life.

How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction

Here's a couple thoughts:

The author highlights five behemoths, Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Nice that he ordered them alphabetically to not show favoritism. Me, I'd drop Amazon and Facebook off the list entirely. Why? One word... Email. Still the killer app to which all else in a real ecosystem must tie without being on the website or running a site-specific app.

What about Yahoo? Interesting that Yahoo isn't on his list and without them having an iCloud, Google Docs, SkyDrive type component, I guess I can't argue for them as a good ecosystem either. Too bad, I remember when Yahoo used to be somebody.

Picking a digital ecosystem is important. Having as few ecosystems as possible is better than more. Why? It is easier to properly secure less points of attack than more. Consequently, those ecosystems that provide the broadest range of utility are better than those that require yet more utilities to satisfy your digital lifestyle needs.

I disagree with the prioritization of iOS over Android if you're going to recommend Google services. iOS is great hardware, obviously, but iOS is no longer superior in any way to Android. More apps? Some apps come out for iOS before Android? Perhaps, but per my first point, fewer ecosystems, hence apps is better for productive and secure use. If you are a hardcore Apple user with a Mac and use Apple specific apps, then you're already disregarding Google services, so iOS at that point makes perfect sense.

I completely agree that Amazon is the way to go for media. Books, movies, TV shows, with these last two tied into Amazon Prime for free shipping. No brainer.

Given how Amazon purposely breaks your ability to fully use Google services on their Kindle Fire line of tablets, steer clear. I've been very disappointed in how many things family members who have the Fire, one of which I bought for them, can't do with their device. Save a little more money and spring for the Nexus 10 or 7 to get ALL the power of Google with pure Android.

DrobBox and Evernote are great apps, but again I'd argue that you can get the same utility of these services without adding them to Apple, Google or Microsoft ecosystems.

I'm very interested in other's thoughts, even fanboys! :-)

Your browser vertically challenged?

I played basketball competitively in high school and intramural basketball at The Ohio State University. I'm a mere 6' 1" and not a powerful jumper. I played forward and for those of you that know basketball, you well understand that I was vertically challenged. Ah, if I'd been 6' 6"! Even 6' 4" would have been a tremendous help.

You probably never thought of browsers being vertically challenged, but each of them have subtle differences. 

Yes, this and the other posts in this series are diving into what may seem like seriously, "who cares" minutiae, but the little things matter. My basketball coaches certainly thought so. If you want to be your best and utilize your talents, in this case your tools, to the best effect, paying attention to details pays off with you having more "game".

See a side by side comparison of Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer in this video.

Remove ads in webmail.

One important productivity tip whether it be in the physical or virtual worlds is to avoid clutter. 

Ever notice how a cluttered desk or office space can cause stress? You may not realize it till you clean up and then realize, "Wow, I feel so much better now". Whether you consciously realize it or not, clutter distracts you in a variety of ways and none of them are good.

A week or so ago I introduced you to the web page decluttering tool, Clearly. Today, let's talk about another Chrome extension, Webmail Ad Blocker.

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Concept is simple, this little baby removes the ad clutter from your GMail, Hotmail and Yahoo email screen. Below is a real life example from my Gmail earlier today with Webmail Ad Blocker off and then with it on. I've been using this for over a year and have not had any problems with it. 

Now you can stay focused on the task at hand. Less clutter. Less chance of being distracted by an ad and running off down a time-wasting rabbit-hole!

Remotely Ring, Lock or Erase your Android Devices

Remotely Ring, Lock or Erase your Android Devices

Did you know that you can remotely locate, lock and erase your Android devices?

Did you know you can do this with free, built-in functionality from Google without an expensive security app service?

Any device to which you’ve added your Google account will show up in a handy Android Device Manager (ADM) interface. You can access ADM from any browser or from the Android Device Manager app on any other of your Android devices

Let’s take a couple straightforward examples in increasing severity:

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