How To Manage Free And Not Free Stuff

As is part of my early morning learning routine, I’m flipping through stories in my Zite news browser.  Yes, I know that Zite was acquired by Flipboard and I do flip my way through there as well but, at this point, Zite is like a set of comfortable shoes, nicely broken in and very comfortable.  I know that I’m living on borrowed time but I am enjoying it as long as I can.

I ran into three stories in a row.  In no particular order, they are:

 What’s disconcerting is that Zite customizes the news feed based upon your habits.  So, is the internet doing its spying on me and knows that I’m cheap?  Or, living on a budget?  Or, just trying everything in sight?  Or, I’m an Android user?  Or, I’m a Linux user?

So like the good old days of Kmart blue-light specials, I immediately open the articles and start reading.  There are some intriguing pieces of software there.  I’m interested in a piece of software that mirrors between a PC and an iPad.  Why?  I really don’t know since if I wasn’t so lazy I could just plug in this monitor that’s sitting behind my computer…

The range and variety of applications is exciting.  The computing geek in me wants to try them all.  

Herein lies the rub.

Where do I put them?  

On my computer, it’s not a problem.  I have a big hard drive with a huge amount of potential.  On the iPad, I keep it with about 1GB free thinking that apps might need a bit of elbow room to run.  In order to install anything new, I have to remove something.  Unfortunately, the “somethings” are there because I use them regularly.  I’d be at a loss to remove them.

It’s a real problem and something that I do struggle with.  I like the fact that many things are web-based so that local storage isn’t necessary.

And yet, there’s just something that rips at me to want to try new things.  Of course, I could solve the problem by just not reading stories like these…

Or, I’m sure that you have wise advice.  How do you handle this?

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3 thoughts on “How To Manage Free And Not Free Stuff”

  1. The core message in the video about Android apps just as easily applies to apps specifically for education. There are a lot of free apps and web-pages to choose from for the moment, but it’s often not clear what the hidden “costs” are in terms of privacy and other issues. But further to that is that if the teacher/student isn’t paying for the app, someone somewhere is (for the moment), and that app serves the other entity’s interests first, and educational objectives second.

    Also beware when lured in to the “free app of the day” sites. They are not all benign. I visited one that immediately required that I follow them, then post or tweet. I purchased an app elsewhere on the site, and fortunately used paypal rather than my credit card, because in the end I think the site was questionable.

    As someone said once, “If you’re not paying for the product, YOU are the product.” If you’re not paying the person that seems to be working for you (i.e, writing the app or webpage you use, or any other service), they’re not really working for you, and you might want to find out who they’re working for, and what they’re getting out of you.


  2. That’s sort of the common wisdom, Roger. But it’s also an indicator of the problems we face all the time. There was a time when you could try before you buy. Now, many applications require some compensation before you get a chance to determine if they fit your needs. Either you pay for the application in cash or you somehow give some value to the developer. There are applications that are available in the truest of free software but they’re becoming few and far between.

    So, back to my original question – if you have more applications that your device can hold, how do you manage them all?


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