Tue 11 Feb, 2003 07:26 pm
Every day something comes out in a "New and Improved!" version. What is your breaking point? What drives you to buy into the latest and greatest? Do you buy for the new features or do they only come into play when you have to buy something out of necessity?
Is there a difference in your buying with respect to different types of products? (i.e. TVs/Audio Equipment vs. Telephones) If there is a difference is it based on usage? Cost? Other?
How much do you wrestle over buying something new when the old item still functions?
Hmm. I don't give a whit about TVs or stereos but have to have the best puter.
I care only a little about cell phones but am willing to spend hundreds on the best MP3 walkman.
I guess it comes down to use.
I still use my PALM III (it's III xe so it's about as good as a PALM V). I decided that since I just use it for an address book I don't need color.
Hmmm - a moribund thread which I never saw! But an interesting one.
I can get quite excited - in a low key way - about some new technology. I love answering machines, for instance - and I am still excited that I can call mine from far away or overseas and make it talk to me! (I have the crappiest machine you can imagine at present, though - grrrrrrrr) I would rather, in general, arrange things with friends via answering machine, or email, than on the phone - email is wonderful for group things, of course.
I guess this is because I listen and talk all day, and the phone at work is both a constant interruption (even when I am seeing a client, sometimes - grrrrr) and a worrying harbinger - at work I always think, with Dorothy Parker, "What fresh hell is this?!" when the wretched thing rings. My friends hate me, because they know that I may be home, but not pick up - I mean, I love them and all, but enough is enough!
I think fax machines are very cute - and I want a phone/fax combined thingy. (Too expensive, at present.) However, I am totally unmoved by mobile and cordless phones. Hate 'em. I may get a mobile in a while for emergencies when I am in the car, but the thing would only be turned on if there was a special reason. I cannot imagine anything worse than work, for instance, being able to get me when I am out of the office.
My computer? Fuhgeddaboudit! Almost a pedal model! New technology? That would mean a fresh bunch of hamsters to run the thing - that's right, isn't it?
I would quite like a dinky TV with picture in picture etc - dunno why, really - apart from stuff like the Sopranos, I rarely sit still and actually watch it for more than a few minutes. Sound system? 11 years old and damn fine, for me, thank you! It has a remote - what more do you ask? Me, I would like something with valves - for a warmer sound...
I would quite like one of those Ibos, though. Prolly get murdered by the real cats, though - or would it turn on them? Would it interact with them? Hmm - now I REALLY want one- to see if it likes real pets!
I expect technology to keep up with me! c.i.
hmmm - the original gadget man here!
I'm always looking for and at better computers, pocketpc's and digital cameras, and things to go with the ones I have to make'm better.