Tuesday, November 20, 2007
There's a type of person who always has to go out and buy the latest cool electronic gadget or device. They’re called “early adopters”.
I’m not one of those.
In fact, more than one person has called me “absurdly technophobic” as I sit here at my 7-year old Dell pc, using Win98 and connecting with dial-up. I don’t think I’m that at all- a lot of thought and effort has gone into my technophobia. Besides, my theory about technology is, “if it works, don’t fuck with it”.
Being technophobic can have other advantages. For instance, if I had ever replaced my big tube-screen monitor with the flat-screen monitor sitting here in a box beside my desk, where would the cat sleep? She’s curled up there right now, staring down at me. See- you have to think these things through.
This train of thought was brought up today by a pair of headlines in the news. The first was this-
Jeff Bezos and Amazon Spend Billions, Launch ‘Kindle’, A New Paperless Book
New Study Says Americans Reading Less
Now, do you really think Jeff thought this project through thoroughly?
Don't get me wrong, the 'Kindle' could well catch on like a house afire, just the latest of the new technologies I missed the boat on. I'll bet that a year or so from now it will be so popular that they'll have to ban people from using them while riding their Segways.