Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My Favorite Things - p.9

I'm not a huge "tech" person. I don't usually get really gung-ho about the latest and greatest gadgets. But I'm all for things that make my life easier. So here are a few of my favorite bits of technology.

iPod - I love my iPod. I especially love the fact that I can watch TV shows and movies on it. I have never tried the iPod Touch (like I said, not big on the "latest and greatest") but could see the advantage, especially if you were into the apps (never had occasion to try those either, although I like the idea). I clearly don't keep up with this stuff, but have heard that there is one (or will be soon) with built in speakers. I'm not gonna lie, that's going to be a "must" purchase when we have small kids! Hopefully by then they'll be a little cheaper (and if not I'll just call it an investment in my sanity!)

GPS - If you have ever traveled with me you will know I'm a little directionally challenged. This little wonder is fantastic, because if you miss your turn or go the wrong way, it'll tell you what you did wrong! Plus it will show you where there is stuff nearby. It's fun to just drive around town with it to see what you can find!

Kindle - I love my kindle SOOO much there aren't words. It's instant gratification when it comes to new books, and it is so much more portable. I'm a reader, especially when on vacation or traveling, so I love being able to take lots of books with me. Right now it's full of mindless trash and old classics I should have probably read in high school. And sometimes you can find good stuff for free. In a pinch I can also use it to check my e-mail. It's a magical device. The only thing I refuse to use it for is school or work. I still need to be able to write in the margins for those kinds of things. But for fun reading, it's the best!

Gameboy - I'm talking the old one here. Not the DS or anything like that. The kind with the black and white screen that they don't make anymore. I like the simple games. Tetris and Kirby pinball were my favorites. In fact, I still have them! They weren't long and involved and didn't involve lots of strategy or even much thought, just reaction. It was a nice way to kill a few hours. Still is. (No, this is not a photo of mine, but this is exactly what mine looks like. Yes it is green.)

I don't really have a favorite when it comes to computers. I really have enjoyed my mac over the past two and a half years, but I don't know that I'm a life-long convert. I suppose that will be determined when I need a new computer and whether cost or comfort ultimately wins out! I have looked into the new iPad, and I have to say I'm not terribly impressed. Maybe if I played with it a little more I would change my mind, who knows!

So what are your favorite technological advances? Comment away. I may find a new toy I can't live without.


  1. I'm still using the iPod I bought six years ago. It's a fourth generation iPod with the old school black and white screen. I've thought about upgrading to an iPod Touch, but there's just something about a classic. :)

    PS-The current iPod Touch has built-in speakers. Out of curiosity, how do you plan to use it when you have kids?

  2. I know so many moms that have talked about how easy it is to just pull out their iPod touch or iPhone to entertain small kids anytime they have to wait anywhere or if they have to ride in another car without a DVD player because they can watch videos or play with kid-friendly apps. And when there is more than one the speakers make it so you don't have to fool with the earbuds and makes it easier to share.