Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Upgraded Electronics? REALLY?

I've always been a little ahead of the people I know in terms of gadgets and electronics or at least so I've been told. Over the past 30 years, we've seen TV's stereos, appliances, computers and game systems go from peices of furnature to pieces of plastic and aluminum that fit in the palm of your hand. With the changing of the times, it seems expectations regarding new gadgets move just as quickly. Some things I'm happy to upgrade but others I just can't abandon. If it were up to me, they'd still make Atari 2600 and Nintendo Entertainment Systems with all the classic games still in print.

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Walkmans and Discmans would still be alive and well and iPods would have never happened. A few weeks ago, I pulled out my Philips Touchscreen CD player and headphones from my manbag and a teenaged girl stared at me with her mouth open like I'd just popped an 8 track onto a hifi...Have we really gone that far that even an advanced discman capable of having no buttons and playing mp3s is considered obsolete? I just can't bring myself to spend the money on an Apple Touch, even though I want one really badly and wouldn't complain if I were gifted one...I do love my Creative Zen Touch from 2004 which my nephew looked at in wonder and asked why is it so thick...My answer was because it has a 40gb hard drive like a computer. I only bought my Pink Gameboy Advance to replace my Purple Gameboy Color because I wanted to play classic NES Castlevania which I've never beat. Thanks to the burglers that broke into my house this past December, I had to upgrade my stolen Pink GBA to a GBA SP in blue...why didn't I get a DS Lite? Because I have GB, GB Color and GBA games and it seems that the DS is only capable of playing it's own games and those formatted for favs are on GB and GB COlor. I've only upgraded my cell phone when my old one was either a few steps away from breaking in half or I sent it swimming in the washing machine with all the other items I didn't take the time to retrieve from the pockets of my pants and shirts. My current phone can play videos, mp3s, the radio and all kinds of crap but really I don't text, surf the net or send emails from my phone...I have a laptop and it's less frustrating for me to bother with than pushing all the wrong buttons on my phone with my fat fingers. Is it really necessary to have something the size of a bar of soap to do keep track of your life and entertain you? So after all of this, I have just one question....Don't you feel awkward using what would be considered outdated in public?


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