New tech gadgets are coming out faster than I can keep up with them. I’m starting to get confused by it all. (Ok, I know…I’ve been confused for a very long time, you say.) I’m losing track because the geek designers insist on calling the next great advance by a name that is very close to yesterday’s now-obsolete great advance. First it was laptop, notebook, netbook, and tablets. Still not quite sure what the differences are.
Now we’re being enticed to invest in iPads, iPods, iPhones, smartphones and apps. I have already forgotten what the blazes an iPod is. Do you listen to it, or look at it? This week all the buzz coming out of the techy publications is about the disappointing sales results for the iPad. But looking at the prices of them, I’m not surprised, even though I don’t know for sure what they are or what they’re supposed to do.
At first glance, the iPad looks like the portable-computer-of-the-future. It displays a nice, crisp image on it’s not-very-large screen. And it has controls that allow some computer functions. But since it uses a flash drive instead of a normal hard drive, then I am guessing that its function as a computer is limited. But the thing costs more than a laptopnotebooknetbook that can do computing. So why would anybody buy one?
Or maybe it is just a huge, portable telephone. All the cellphone stores are getting stocks of them, so I suspect that these things are somehow connected to the wireless telephone networks. But $600 for a cellphone that won’t fit in your pocket? I just don’t understand. If any of you have bought an iPad, would you please tell me what the advantage of having one is? Inquiring minds want to know.
I think we’d better get this equipment checked out now. Things like the iHose, iDefibrillators and iDidn’t do it. I’m going to get the coffee started. See you back in the day room.
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