Devices: One vs. Many

March 7, 2014

I recently came across Dave Caolo’s article on Unclutterer titled Unclutter your tech with the Rule of One. It’s worth a read to really understand the idea, but in summary, he suggests (à la Patrick Rhone) reducing “superfluous tech” down to the one item that you can live with.

It’s a nice thought, but I don’t think I could ever do that, and have no intentions of attempting to.

The article, in my mind, comes in stark contrast to Matt Gemmell’s piece The Unacknowledged Compromise, in which he concludes:

No device fits all situations, and no device ever will. If you do more than one thing, in more than one place or in more than one way, maybe you ought to have more than one tool.

I agree much more with this sentiment. It’s more costly and certainly doesn’t lend itself to a more “uncluttered” life, but in my mind it allows me the  optimal experience given my circumstances and desired goals. This is more important to me than a romantic ideal of minimalism.