- Newspaper purchase/ subscription
- Buying CDs and DVDs
- TV (except during major sporting events especially since the January 2011 crackdown on sites broadcasting pirated feeds of cable broadcasts, or so I've been told. I still have cable but what I mean is that I could get by without it with all the video content available for free online.)
- Books (except brand new works which can still be had through the library and frankly I get distracted when trying to read anything that isn't intensely compelling using the computer. When I have the internet at my fingertips I typically don't stick to reading anything too dense for long.)
- Asking for directions
- Maps (My old AAA maps have become informative wall art)
- Other Entertainment of any other kind (although it hasn't stopped me from spending a lot of money on other forms of entertainment)
- A Calendar
- An Address Book or contact list
- A Camera (Technically, I have one built-in to my netbook although I do still use a Canon 6 megapixel digital camera and my cellphone camera)
- Any other source for a weather report
- A notebook and pen (although I find them useful still when my laptop is out of power and there is no outlet, I want to sketch something quickly, I need to take down information somewhere a laptop would not be convenient to operate, etc.)
- A phone by using Skype (although those around me still insist on using cellphone and landline technology so I pay more than I think is reasonable for a sort-of-smart phone service plan)
- A magazine subscription of any kind
I thought about all of this while walking through an Office Max recently. I came across a whole aisle of leather, vinyl and paper planers, organizers, address books and notebooks in all sorts of sizes and colors. What stuck me was just how worthless these things are to anyone that knows how to use a computer. Google's Calendar, Apple's iCal, the contacts feature inside of Gmail, and any of the huge number of word processing applications available have rendered all of these things obsolete.
I figure keeping a list of the things my computer does will help me avoid redundancy in my future purchases.