The Candy Apple
There is all this awesome Apple stuff out there right now, and I am not tempted to buy any of it. I have a little bit of guilt about this, as we are supposed to be big early adopters if we love Apple, but I am holding steady. It’s like buying a great car—if it’s so great, maybe we can keep it for several years before needing a new one.
I bought a newish iPod nano recently enough that I debated between it and the iPod touch. The deciding factor? The Nano has a radio. That, and it weighs nothing and is a better companion on walks. But mostly I liked the radio.
Seriously. I do not want a device that will put me online all the time. (The iPod touch has WiFi Internet access, and the Nanos don’t.) I’m online at home and at work, and the rest of the time I would rather not know everything. It is too much information. It is too much connectedness for me. It makes me queasy after a while. I think it should be OK to turn stuff off.
I see where this is different for folks with longish commutes, but in that situation I still prefer a book to any sort of wired temptation.
Turning stuff off includes the cell phone. If I am talking to you in person, and I stop to answer a call, how does that make you feel? Like you are less important than the caller? That’s rude.
There is voice mail. There are messaging systems. There is time. We can wait ten minutes to call someone back, rather than treat someone in person in a dismissive way.
I won’t get started on people who think they must speak louder when they are on a cell phone. That’s why somebody invented texting.
It should be.
I love my one-year-old Mac mini just fine. I have resisted going to the Apple store to handle an iPad, because I know I will lust after it. But I think I can hold out for quite a while. It won’t replace my desktop Mac or my phone, and I don’t need an additional device for anything. Someday I will investigate reading books on those things. But, for now, there are still plenty of paperbacks stacking up waiting for me.
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- Beyond Pen Pals · July 2007
- Just Because We Can Do a Thing, Does Not Mean We Should Do a Thing · March 2006
- Google Tells Big Brother to Take a Hike · February 2006
- Wikipedia Is Not the Lovefest We Thought · January 2006
- Star Trek Gadgets Have Arrived · December 2005
- The Silver Screen Keeps Shrinking · October 2005
- It’s Just Business · July 2005
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