331/366 – Computer Conveniences Becoming Essentials

sspx0418There’s a sort of interesting habit that occurs when it comes to tech geeks trying to find out what they actually need as far as the gear they run with when they’re online and equipped with the best rig their money can buy at the moment. It’s one that is a bit subtle for the most part in its trend but which eventually presents itself in a way that makes itself like a “duh” moment when it comes to how it happens. This habit is the idea of computer convenience items becoming suddenly essential to the avid computer users.

An easy example to use is the idea of multiple monitors. Most people are used to dealing with a single monitor and gear their computer experience towards that singular viewing pane of LCD or LED-type material. But someone who is used to having only one monitor suddenly getting two – either through snagging one through a sale or a happy coincidence for someone handing one down or even through a whim of an impulse purchase – well, that’s an experience that changes one’s viewpoint forever (and literally). Having two monitors suddenly means double the space for tabs, for applications, for viewing space. It also means that you need not alt-tab out of stealthing your way through Dishonored 2 in order to ┬ácheck the latest tweets or news or scores. It also means a viewing experience on one monitor while doing productive work on another. Before you know it, having two monitors has not just become something nice to have – it becomes something entirely necessary for someone to fully use their tech.

The trend doesn’t stop with multiple monitors either. Whether it’s a mechanical keyboard enhancement, side buttons on a mouse, the ability to instantly switch between different screens, good hotkey shortcuts that enhance the user experience, or more, a number of computer conveniences are there for the taking and discovery, waiting for a chance to impress upon a normal tech geek user the true, necessary value of their utility. It’s pretty easy to spot when this happens because the person in question almost always suddenly exclaims that they “didn’t know what they did before x”, with x being the convenience that has suddenly become all-too-needed in order to keep things going.

The scare here is that some of these eureka type moments in one’s tech toolkit are fake, that they are sometimes wont to become unnecessary enhancements that someone can actually live without. I get that kind of trepidation – after all, every serious tech person out there has bought a peripheral only to see that it had as much value as a rock – but in the right circumstance (in most of them, really), the way a convenience becomes an essential is a gradual yet valuable process. If you don’t find what you got as a nice to have as useful, then it’s easily discarded and forgotten in the sea of tech out there. But having that moment where you’re using something and don’t know what you did before you had it to employ, that’s a moment where you’ve already gotten a ton of use out of whatever you’re partaking in computer-wise. In this respect, it’s probably more of a value rather than a detriment to try out something that might make your tech life a lot easier on the computer. It’s one case in which having loved a tech item and lost is better to have not loved or tried to love at all.

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