The Wall Street Journal’s top seven items of techno-lust, with commentary by me:
7: Fancy new does-everything cellphone.
Ugh. God no — at least, not for me. It’s a personal thing, but one I’ve yet to see any need to change my stance on.
6: DVR (Digital Video Recorder — a hard-drive based VCR).
I don’t watch enough TV to bother. Sure, sure, I’ve heard the arguments that DVRs make watching TV worthwhile (easier than ever to weed out the chaff and only see the good stuff), but I just don’t have enough interest in the television world.
Amusingly enough, I actually am considering signing up for cable TV for a few months sometime soon so that I can keep up with the upcoming presidential debates, and as I work nights, I’ll need some form of time-shifting device in order to actually watch the debates. However, given that I have every intention of turning the cable service back off once the election is over and done with, a cheap VCR should do me just fine when the time comes.
5: iPod Mini.
Yup. If I had to replace my iPod, I’d replace it with a Mini (if one were available). Most of the time, I’m only using between 2Gb and 4Gb of my 10Gb (2nd Gen) iPod, so the 4Gb of the Mini would work out quite well for me, and be smaller and lighter. Can’t complain about that.
4: USB flash drives.
If I didn’t have my iPod, sure. As it is, though, I can just drop any files I need to schlupp around on the iPod and call it good.
3: A really big, really flat TV.
Oh, definitely. Not for TV, of course, but I’m a movie geek. Size does matter.
2: Apple’s new Airport Express.
Yup. Even in my little studio apartment, I can easily see myself using at least two of these little gadgets (one for the main room stereo as it’s too far from my ‘puter to get an optical digital audio cable between the two, and one for the bathroom for shower tunes), and possibly three (unwire the webserver).
1: A Gmail address.
Hm. Apparently I’m the only geek on the ‘net who doesn’t care about Gmail. I’ve got enough e-mail addresses as it is, the last thing I need is one more to have to keep track of. Count me out of this one.
iTunes: “I Wanna Take You Higher” by Duran Duran from the album Thank You (1995, 5:05).