I have found over the past few years that I have been losing my interest in all the tech that is coming out. I am not sure if the reason is that I am getting older, or that if all the tech coming out is more mobile in nature. I have been thinking about this a bit, and I think there might be a few reasons for my lack of interest.
Not a Mobile Guy
First off, I have never been a person who has really ever been interested in mobile devices. So I think that is probably a major reason why the shift over the past few years has not grabbed me at all. I have never been a big mobile phone guy. I have had a few over the years, but I have never been a person who felt the need to upgrade when something new came out. I will admit, that over the years, when people had showed me their new phones, some of the feature did amaze me. I think I liked the idea that there were so many different phones out there, all with different features, so a person could have a unique phone that was different then the next. But over the past few years with everyone moving to smart phones, there are just less and less models, and to me they all really do the same thing. I guess when I see someone pull out an iPhone, it does nothing for me, as that person and millions others have the same phone. There is nothing unique about it, even the interface from phone to phone is the same. Even with the Android phones, there are different makes and models, so they are closest to the days when there were so many different phones, but again they are essentially the same phone. The Blackberrys were cool at the time, but it seems like they have lost their magic. The Windows based phones never seem to get off the ground.
A couple of years ago I got caught up with getting a smart phone, so I went out and bought a Palm Pre, as at the time it was the new hot phone to have. I had seen some videos of demos of them, and found myself impressed with them. But after a month or so the magic wore off. It became very apparent that Palm was not going to be a player in the smart phone space, and the disappointment of next to no apps on the phone turned me off. I still have the phone, it is pretty beat up, and I use it to check email mostly. I just got the option to upgrade the phone, but I just don’t have the interest. I looked at some of the new phones out there, all very nice, and full featured, but I get the nagging feeling if I move to another phone I am going to have the same feelings I have currently for this Palm phone. They all boast video play back on larger sized screens, but for me the reality is either I am not able to capitalize on getting the video, or the experience in not all the rewarding in the end when watching it. Also as I found with my Palm Pre, once you start using the phone and it’s processor, the battery discharges at a really alarming rate.
Truthfully, I am not a person who receives or makes many calls on my phone, so in a sense, I really do not even need the actual phone part of the phone. It can be debated that I do not need the data portion either, as I have a rather small circle of friends and family, which the majority do not use texting or other social media to communicate. So for the most part, I am not using the phone to communicate with people anyways, I am more just following others. I am weighing my options, if I should just let the contract run out, depending on the penalty, I might just end it early as well. I think deep down, my introverted personality and phones just do not match up. In the new year I will make my decision on that.
Not an i Guy
I have never really been able to get on board with Apple products as there is something about them or the company that I do not get wowed about. This is sort of weird to say, as of right now in my household we have 2 iPod touches, 1 regular iPod, 1 iPad2, 1 iPhone 4S and a Mac Mini. I guess truthfully for me, I own a Mac Mini and a regular 30 GB iPod, the rest of the i devices are my wife’s, and it was not my decision to purchase them. I would not say I have a hate for Apple products, as I own some, but given the option, I will probably by a different product. I think for me, Apple makes products that many people like, but the complaint is that they cannot be customized or changed, a person has to work in the constructs of what is provided. I guess for me, even though I am stating I losing my love for tech, I like the idea that something can be changed to suit me, or make what I have a bit different from the next persons. Also I have found with my thinking and how I approach things, I have never found Apple products intuitive or easy for me to use.
My Wife got an iPad2 as stated, but I have found myself not all that interested in it. I use it from time to time to play some games, or look at a website when I am not close to the computer, but beyond that it does not hold a lot of interest to me. I know there are a lot of people out there who are making a lot of use of it, like my good friend Rick who creates some awesome music with it. But I guess for me, I am not creative in that area, so I cannot make use of it in that fashion. I have not really looked that far into apps past a few of the popular games that we downloaded for it. I was told there is an update for the iPad2, but even that I have not felt compelled to download, as to date for what we have used the device for, haven’t run across the need. Maybe again, it is my feeling that it is a locked device forcing a user to only one experience that leaves me not that thrilled on it. I do check out some of the Android tablets from time to time, as truthfully, for a few hundred dollars, I might have need for something that can browse the internet and do a few other things, but so far what is offered is more then I want to spend.
I do like my iPod, but I have had it for years. It does what I want which is play music and podcasts. I have not had any desire to get a new one, and will be with this one until it dies. I have to say I am very impressed with the life span I have gotten out of it. My wife wants to buy me a iPod touch, but truthfully, I am not very interested. What I would really want is another iPod like I have, with more storage space. All the rest on a iPod touch just feels like clutter to me, and really busy. I guess I also view the iPod though as a bit of a money pit, as there are probably a bunch of games a person can buy for it. I don’t buy a lot of music anymore, as most of what I listen to I have on CD and had for years, and podcasts are free. I guess at the end of the day, if an iPod can play music, then that is all I am looking out of it.
At my core, I am a really nostalgic guy. I spend a lot of time reliving some of my memories and times from when I was younger. I guess it is debatable if that is good or bad, but at the core, that is who I am and not going to change. So I think at times I get more excited about getting things that remind me of things I love like Star Wars or Star Trek, or reminiscent of my younger years.
When I think of tech, I think back to when I first got into it, and it was all about PC’s. I remember the first few computers I had, the fun I had on them playing games or even running programs or writing programs on them. I remember fondly building computers, and upgrading them. I would get excited over a new Video Card, or a Sound Card or even a Hard Drive. I loved going to computer stores with friends and checking out the new hardware, or games. I recall when we first got 3D accelerated video cards, how exciting it was to get them, put them into the computers, and all the great looking games to follow. My friends and I would always be trying to out do each other with our computers, and once someone got a new PC or part, the rest would follow suit. I remember the hours I would sit playing games like X-Wing, Tie-Fighter, IndyCar Racing or Nascar Racing. On the weekends we would have Lan parties, so we were excited with the advent on home networks. It was cool to pack up your computer and gear and head to someones house for an all weekend gaming session. So I sort of regretfully look forward at where computing is going, and might be why I am losing the interest. I think for the foreseeable future, I am always going to have a traditional computer sitting on a desk, as it is a bit of a link to the good memories of days gone past.
The one place I like to try and keep up on is with home entertainment. I think that has to do more with my love of Movies and TV, and wanting to have the best possible setup to watch them in. I am not as heavily into Home Theatres like some, as my stereo is a few years old, but things like TV and Blu-Ray player I am up to date one. I can no longer watch anything that is n Standard Definition and it has to be High Definition for me. When I got the Star Wars Blu-Rays I felt like I was in heaven, as they looked so good. It might be that wanting to relive those memories, that I strive to make sure that I can view them the best way I can.
I do a lot of collecting also, and found that I get much more excited over a new collectible then I ever could with a piece of tech today. I recently put a preorder in on an Original Series Battlestar Galactica prop replica Viper helmet. The big thing with this one, is it is based off the series one and it has lights, ooooohhhhhh. That is funny, as truthfully lights on a Helmet is really nothing to get excited about when compared to what can be done on a phone in your hand. But I guess for me, it just excites me more, as it reminds me as a youth watching Battlestar Galactica and how cool I thought their helmets are. I guess at my core that is the feeling I am going for. I have even found myself drawn to watching shows on TV like Pawn Stars or the Pickers shows, where people are digging up old stuff. I can see the appeal people have to the past, and even though I don’t collect antiques, some of the things these show dig up are really cool.
Its all good
Sort of a long post, but felt like I wanted to get my thoughts down on this. I find it a bit surprising that I have gotten to this point. I remember when I was younger I seemed to have such a good handle on tech, but now I am older and sort of reacting to it like the older generation would. I struggle on things like setting up my GPS unit, as I seem to only use it at it’s most basic functions. My wife will ask for help setting up her iPhone, and I am at a loss on it. I guess part of my interest has fallen more into building websites and the such, and not so much on all the gadgets that are out there now.
All the respect to the folks out there that have a handle on all this new tech, I am thinking I am going to need your help in a few years
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