Posted by: Jas on Mar 03, 2010
I’ve always been the more cautious of buyers when it comes to gadgets. A lot of what I buy has to do with what my requirements are, and often, my desire to have those objects is pretty low. I see this even in my attitude towards computers and technology – I’ll wait and wait, usually to the point where the systems are just about dead (like my laptop), before I’ll start looking at the upgrade bandwagon.
I’m also not a trend-follower, so you won’t find Apple in my home. I don’t believe in paying for a brand, just because it “looks cool”. It needs to be functional. Even when it comes to other people asking me for my opinion, I’ll shy away from Apple – I have no love for the company. Especially iTunes, when you think that it’s installer is nearly 100MB – what an abomination – I’d like to know what they’ve put in there to make the install so large?
Of the products I do have, the one I don’t use so often is my Sony Walkman. While I think it’s a cool device, I just don’t listen to music often enough. Even in my car, my radio is usually off, as I travel around in silence. Driving gives me an opportunity to think about what’s on my mind – I find it synonymous to when I’m swimming – the pure repetition of an action allows some portion of my mind to wander, while still being in control of the situation.
There are those gadgets that I’ve looked at that I think would ultimately be cool to have, but there is always that little voice of reason that stops me. I was recently thinking about migrating to a digital pad, as a way to save paper. But after thinking about it for a while, I wasn’t quite sure how much “greener” the technology would ultimately be. Yes, I save on paper and pens, but I’m still using electricity. And electricity in South Africa is largely generated by the burning of coal… So my “green” attitude is largely thrown out the window. Then again, the manufacturing process of paper might not be construed as ultimately green either. A tough choice, but for now I’m sticking with the paper solution – its easier to recycle than electronics.