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Gadgets in our lives...

Well, it's been quite a long time since I've posted anything here, and I've had a lot on my mind lately. The second coming of the iPhone has happened, and it has had me thinking about a lot of things lately. Along with the iPhone 3G, we have gotten 2.0 operating system software for the phones, and also Mobileme. I'm a huge Apple fan from years back. I've been using the Apple brand for 11 years now. My first Apple computer was in 1997, and I loved it just as much back then. In any case, there has been a huge change in the past few years concerning where our lives are going. I realized this just a few moments ago when I plugged my phone into my speaker system and was able to access the radio via the internet over that speaker from the phone. Now, I know that that internet radio has been around for a long time. But the fact that I can take my phone, use it as a phone, use it as an iPod, and also use it for internet radio is quite remarkable to me. Not only this, but I'm playing Pandora Radio over my phone. It's a personalized radio station. I rate the songs it gives to me, and it tailors the music to me. I can listen to this on the go, or from my home.

I don't think the point that I'm trying to get across is coming across so well. My life is very connected. That's what I'm trying to say. And I think we're taking things more and more for granted. I sit back and think about the days in my childhood when I had to listen to radio stations full of static and commercials. Now, I get music tailored to me and without commercials...FROM MY PHONE. I remember when I couldn't even call friends if I weren't in the house. Now, not only can I call them from just about anywhere, but I can text them, I can IM them, and I can email them. I no longer must wait to get home to look at the dictionary or encyclopedia for something. Nor must I wait till I get home to use my computer to do the same thing. My most important documents are accessible from not only my own computer, but also online from any computer that I sign into. I can even take a picture on my phone and email it or display it on my web gallery in a matter of seconds.

I don't know how much we really take the time to look at these things. We just assume that we have a right to have this information and this technology. That we have a right to access these features and conveniences. And what happens when something doesn't work just quite right, or a program doesn't have enough features for us? We no longer are thankful for what it does let us do, but we're ready to move on and complain about how we'd like to be able to do more! We're all a bit insane, I think. We're losing a bit of ourselves and what makes us enjoy our lives. We're waiting too much for the next best thing.

I used to live a compulsive life like that. I used to have to have the newest and best gadgets. I'm still a little that way, but as I get older and as I have been forced a bit to slow down my spending and hunting/gathering, I have learned how unnecessary some of it really is. I'm using a computer that is now nearly four years old. I didn't buy the new phone just for the sake of upgrading. I haven't gone crazy downloading new apps for my phone. I'm picky about what I think I'll use and what I won't.

I guess what I'm getting to here is that, for once, it was really nice to plug my phone into a speaker and be a bit amazed and taken aback that I can now do this. I wasn't sure it would work. I didn't EXPECT it to just work. It was a pleasant surprise.

Sometimes when you slow down, you ARE pleasantly surprised at the outcome...

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