If you’re reading this, you connect to the internet somehow. Technology offers us a wonderful variety of entertainment, communication, and educational outlets. Over time, my beloved and I have accumulated two PC’s, two laptops, an e-reader/tablet and two cell phones, and a few “peripheral devices like scanners, printers and backup drives.. There are also the TV, DVD player, and my camera. The trouble is, these things won’t last forever (some of them are rapidly reaching retirement age). and over time, on a limited budget, we will need to decide which to replace and what to replace them with.
Here’s the thing – my techie needs are evolving along with what’s available to me to meet those needs. I want to do more work on my family tree and photos; I want to keep blogging. I need to keep track of my finances better. I may do some other writing.
In retirement, how connected will you want to be? You’ll certainly want a phone and internet connection. How many devices will you need? In the future, a smart phone or tablet may do most of what you need. How much or your budget are you willing to spend to stay connected? Do you expect to spend the same amount of time with your electronics? More? Less? What technology will accompany you into retirement, and what will you use it for? (Ideas: movies, hobbies, reading, blogging, photography, staying in touch?) How do you feel about the move toward Cloud computing?
As part of my retirement theme, I offer this weekly Thursday “Future Challenge” to get people of all ages thinking in general about their futures and/or retirement. Each challenge goes with a post of my own on the same general topic. Hopefully we’ll start some interesting discussions!
If you’d like to share what you think, or post on it, that’s great – and I’d love it if you’d share those thoughts in a post or comment (please tag posts TRS Future Challenge and link to this post) so others can also see them.
If you choose not to share them, that’s fine too – but with any luck, you’ll still gain some insight on where you’re headed (or would like to be), and how you can get the most out of your own journey.
To see my own take on this week’s challenge, see my post Is the Cloud Friendly?
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