Its true, they do. I’m no tech fundi, but I enjoy the comforts technology provide. I own a laptop, a home pc, 3 phones – a Blackberry Curve, Nokia 6300 and Samsung SoulB (5 if you include the Nokia N70 and Samsung D500 that two of my friends are using) a digital camera, 2 DVD players, iPod, to name a few.
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.
Yip, I still remember those days, the first PC I bought myself. My previous two were a really cheap piece of crap running DOS that my dad got secondhand for me. The second I got from my bursary company, also second hand, and the previous owner basically used it as a place to whipe his snot on. It also did not work very well.
Come the day that PC mag had a front page articel. Why you SHOULD get a 1 GHz processor. Yip. The first Pentium 1GHz processors. I had to have one. For once in my life I would get the best available. I was still a student but was earning a bit through lab assistant and a whole bunch of other weird things. So I got it. Pentium 1GHz with 1GHz ram and a pretty neat video card. 15 inch CRT, bitchin.
PCMAG was right, that was the best PC I ever got, I can stil play quake III Arena on it like a madman (the CRT will kill your eyes though), it has all my photos from varsity. Running smooth, never been formatted or anything.
Now I have a laptop with 4 X better specs that is slow and full of crap. I have a quadcore 3GHz PC with 8GHz ram and a friggen video card with more power than my original PC, and it dies about once a year.
That PC is like the nissan 1400 bakkie of computers, I'll always keep it around, they don't make them like they used to.....