Tom Petrocelli's take on technology. Tom is the author of the book "Data Protection and Information Lifecycle Management" and a natural technology curmudgeon. This blog represents only my own views and not those of my employer, Enterprise Strategy Group. Frankly, mine are more amusing.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sometimes It's Just Stuff

Guys like me and people who read this blog are the types of people who love our technology. Gee whiz gadgets, computers, software, and phones that shop for you are what get us out of bed in the morning. Every once in awhile though we are faced with the fact that all this technology is just stuff. Tools to good things with for sure but not people. Not what matters.

The earthquake in Haiti has killed an incredible amount of people. Parents and children. Brothers and sisters. Whole families and people who never had anyone to mourn them. It is a stark reminder of what matters. What really matters.

Doctors Without Borders is putting together a mission to help the poor souls who are still alive. They are sorely needed. Not only are there more injured people than anyone can reasonably count, most of the hospitals have been destroyed. These folks do the brave thing that most of us cannot - go there to help in a real way.

They are asking bloggers to post a link to raise awareness. Unfortunately, they do need stuff. Stuff like medicine, sutures and, horribly, body bags. They need cash folks. So do what you can.

Support Doctors Without Borders in Haiti

Maybe this is a time to delay that phone upgrade you've been wanting or hold off on that new gadget. It's time to stop thinking about our stuff and instead think about giving these brave doctors the stuff they need to carry out their mission of mercy.

Think about it.

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