As much fun as it is getting your hands on new tech, sometimes it's worthwhile to step back and take a look at the growing mounds of electronics and wiring you've accumulated. Sometimes you've gotta trim the fat and just pare down to the bare essentials. So get rid of the extraneous gear in your life and downsize your tech!
Go Without Cable
When your cable bill is $100 or more and you're having to rent several cable boxes, it might be time to cut the cord. Just because you're going without cable doesn't mean you can't get your favorite television programs and movies. With services such as Netflix, Hulu (Plus), Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes, you've got a bevy of much cheaper alternatives to cable, at a fraction of the cost.
Merge Your Devices
With the huge amount of media available, your desk or entertainment center can get swamped with devices. If you've got a cable box, video game console, computer, sound system and more, that's a whole lot of redundant hardware. Take your video game console: it can access online video content, play your music, surf the web, and of course play games. If you're not a video/audio/whateverphile, then it might be time to streamline and trim out the unnecessary tech that's taking up space (and making a mess no doubt with all the cables), draining your electric bill, making lots of noise, and generally gathering dust in your home.
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Get a Universal Remote... NOW!
If you haven't already, go out and get yourself a universal remote right now. It doesn't have to be a super complicated and fancy model — the inexpensive ones will serve you well also. One remote to control your TV, sound system, cable box, DVD/Blu-ray player, etc. Toss out the many many extra remotes and think of all the batteries you'll save. Well, don't toss them out, but you can put them in storage and clear up the clutter.
Share Your Devices
Why waste money on extra hard drives, printers and other devices when they can be shared across your family network? Network attached storage (NAS) offers flexibility and ease of access to store and share files. No need to buy every kid their own printer when a networked (go wireless while you're at it!) printer will do.