Here's a follow-up to yesterday's post, Tech-Related Bandwagons I've Skipped.
I'm not anti-tech. I'm not tech-obsessed. In fact, I'm perhaps slightly ahead of my time on a few things here and there. I'll save the mistimed technological pickups for the next post. Here's some of the appropriately timed adoptions.
- DVR/PVR technology -
A friend put together a homebrew personal video recorder a few years back, before most people had head of such a thing. I had a home theatre PC well ahead of the trend. And it's been one of the most world-changing things I've had in the house. Skipping commercials and pre-planning TV watching has been phenomenal.
- Roomba the Robot Vacuum Cleaner -
As close as I may ever come to living in the Jetsons world. Having the robot do the cleaning is a treat! Entertaining, too.
- BlackBerry -
I started using a BlackBerry for work back before they had model numbers ... back when it was just the RIM BlackBerry. It had just a few lines of black and white text, was roughly the size of a pager and ran on a single AA battery. Now I sport a BlackBerry 6290 (I think) -- the blue-plastic, semi-colour screen. Among handhelds, it's considered an antique now.
- Blogging -
I'm not a particularly prolific or famous blogger -- big whoop, I have half a dozen people (who probably know me personally) subscribed by RSS -- but I've been at it longer than some of the heavyweights. Live on the bloggah since 2005.
- Ipod, Itunes, Podcasting -
I got my ipod nano well after the first waves of ipod popularity. And not long after trying it out for music, someone suggested listening to podcasts. I started with Grammar Girl back in her early days, and now podcasts are almost all I listen to. I get CBC shows such as DNTO, Quirks & Quarks and Search Engine ... Quick & Dirty podcasts including Grammar Girl, Money Girl and Get-It-Done Guy ... funny stuff like Smodcast featuring Kevin Smith and You Look Nice Today featuring Scott Simpson ... financial stuff like Dave Ramsey and The Disciplined Investor ... and personal growth material such as Zencast. It makes the bus rides very educational.
- BitTorrent -
I was on Napster ... I was on that other file-sharing thing that came afterward ... and now I love BitTorrent more than any of it.
- The Networked Home -
As has been extensively documented here, the new house is wired with Cat6 cable, so I'm thoroughly prepared for the future.
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