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December 1st, 2000

Forever Behind the Curve

Even though I keep up-to-date with various tech rags and I work in a technical field, I am still what one might call a technological straggler:

  1. I don’t have, and have never owned, a pager or a cell phone
  2. My home PC is a Pentium-90 that I bought in 1995 with less than 2 gigs of storage
  3. I have a 19″ TV with only coax inputs
  4. I don’t have a PDA of any sort, unless you count my small paper-based calendar
  5. I only have one phone line in my house and it’s the same one I use with my 33.6 modem (ie. no DSL or cable modem)
And quite honestly, I don’t plan on making any purchses in the next three months that would advance me any further technologically (aside from possibly #3):
  1. While I would like a cell phone (and may own one within six months) I still get overwhelmed when I start comparing plans and phones, and the lack of simplicity keeps me from buying now.
  2. As far as computers, I keep on telling myself that I’m going to wait until the next big step is made and I can make a smart purchase of a computer that will be easily upgradable for the next 5-6 years. I do plan on buying my next computer from XI Computer, that I’m pretty sure about.
  3. I’d love to get a new TV, especially considering I have a decent audio portion of my home theatre… but the two models I’d like to get are damn near impossible to find (each is carried at exactly one online store and no local b-n-ms).
  4. I won’t likely get a PDA unless one becomes available that will be part of the same unit as my cell phone and allows me to check e-mail flawlessly without wires.
  5. And lastly, I will consider a broadband account once I have a new computer. -ram

    Posted in Technology

FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 1:56:02AM
Ryan-
You need to purchase a large ass beeper like Sir Mix A Lot used to sport. You also need a large ass Zack Morris cell phone. Then all you will need is a 5 finger ring and you can start hanging out at the Orange Julius and selling mixtapes to tennyboppers.



FROM: Terry Murphy
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 2:13:45AM
As far as computers, I keep on telling myself that I'm going to wait until the next big step is made and I can make a smart purchase of a computer that will be easily upgradable for the next 5-6 years.

You're in luck. The future was launched November 20. Intel's Pentium 4 microarchitecture will be the basis of the next five years of the industry, and Intel has designed a whole new platform which matches power and cooling spec's up to about 10 GHz. Very upgradable as everything else gets phased out, and extremely scalable.

(Sorry, I'm biased ...)



FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 7:21:32AM
I like AMD, Terry. Man, it's like you're my opposite. :)

Ryan: how'd you get the DVD to work with coax inputs? I thought you needed component inputs to use a DVD player.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 8:37:24AM
I don't get a cell phone because I see too many unimportant people using them to look important and I can't seem to shake that feeling.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 9:18:04AM
Terry -- I was (ducking) planning on getting an AMD, but have to do some more research first. :)

Paul -- I run the DVD through my VCR. For whatever reason, I don't need an RF modulator, but my parents who are doing the exact same thing, do need one. They're only about $30...

Matt -- You hit it on the money. But if I had a 5 finger ring (that said "L A Z E" across it), I really wouldn't need anything else. With a 5 finger ring you can get anything you want.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 9:30:55AM
Ryan - I was actually told that running DVD through anything but the TV would cause massive signal degradation, and make things horribly unwatchable. Do me a favor an email me the info on your setup.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 1:12:00PM
Please tell me it's not tough or troublesome to hook up your average DVD player. I'm getting one soon and I don't want any trouble or extra expenditure.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 1:13:41PM
Robert -- It's not all that hard... it's especially easy if you have a TV with A/V inputs...



FROM: Maria
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 4:39:40PM
I don't have a cell phone, nor do I need one, but I do really like the Nokia ones with interchangeable covers. Particularly the silver covers. I was actually thinking about just buying a silver cover...so I could have one, not that I would need one. But I decided not having one would be better than the humiliation of asking the cell phone dealer if I could buy a cover without a phone. And my friend said it would be stupid.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 4:47:37PM
Maria, buy them at Target instead. :)

The Nokia phones are the nicest. I'm giving up the phone, though... I wish to join Ryan in a show of anti-technology solidarity.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 6:06:25PM
Paul--Uh, I think it's a little late for you to claim being "anti-technology". But yes, cell phones are an unnecessary evil.

Ryan--I wasn't really all that worried about the DVD installation being hard. I just want to buy more gear with messed up names.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 7:57:18PM
Ryan I saw you on the Peoples Court today. You should have had a large ass chain with a diamond encrusted Ravi Shankar on.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday December 1, 2000 -- 10:57:34PM
Robert, I guess the computer, TiVo, webcam, portable CD player, TV, VCR, stereo, and memo-storing watch make me less of a Luddite than I thought.



FROM: liz
DATE: Saturday December 2, 2000 -- 3:11:09PM
paul, at least you weren't like me... considering getting a palm pilot when i don't even use a paper organizer.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday December 2, 2000 -- 10:40:28PM
Liz - think again. :)



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DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:59:13 pm



FROM: Ken
DATE: Wednesday January 5, 2005 -- 11:02:22 pm
Dude? Dont ipods have like 40 gigs? wow your computr msut suck, well thsi was back in 2000 so it did suck, maybe



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