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A Gadget for Every Occasion!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 • Posted August 13, 2008

Everyone already knows that I'm a computer nerd. Though I haven't been in the computer business for almost ten years, I still get calls from people who are having trouble with their email, with their network, with their printer. I try to politely refer them to one of the folks who are actively providing such services.

But, even though I'm not providing computer services, it doesn't keep me from staying up to date with the latest technological innovations. And of course, that means keeping up with the latest gadgets as well.

I've got XM To Go.

That is an XM radio that is portable. And can play mp3 files (digital music files for those of you that are scratching your head). It can even record XM channels and content for replay later. If you're not up on XM, it is a satellite radio service that allows one to pick from 128 channels, each specifically programmed to meet a certain taste or inclination. I only actively listen to about five of those channels!

I've got GPS!

Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) provide the ability to track where you are, where you're going, and even where you've been. I've got a Garmin unit in the truck, which I've loaned out to several folks when they've had to go out of town, and a second handheld unit that is a bit more complicated.

The second GPS is actually part of a PDA (personal digital assistant) that also contains my contacts, my calendar, email, web browsing, Quicken, and even a game or two. I like it's GPS because it allows me to pull one of my contacts and maps me the most direct route to that location. Plus, it's very portable, and its maps are actually more detailed than those on my automotive unit.

And then, there's my latest acquisition....

My Blackberry Pearl 8110 Titanium!

I've really crossed the line with this gadget. This takes me from being a nerd to being a gadget geek.

The Blackberry lets me make phone calls, surf the web, send and receive email, manage my contacts, keep my schedule,,,,,, and, are you ready for it, even incorporates GPS so that I can handle finding the closest restaurant in downtown Kansas City, should I need it. It's got an mp3 player, a video player, and voice dialing!

From a gadget perspective, I'm on cloud 9. Yeah, I've seen Kyle's iPhone, and while it's very cool, I've always wanted to get myself a Blackberry. I've never been into having an iPod or any other Apple product, so this aligns better with my whole technology collection.

Of course, now I'm running into the quandary of what device to use for what occasion. I've got to have the Blackberry, as it's my sole phone now. My little PDA is great for surfing the web on the go, as the screen is much larger than on the phone. The Garmin GPS is perfect for on-the-road travel. What to do, what to do????

But, as my recent technological traumas will attest (see two weeks ago, losing my data), I remain alert and aware of the need to manage all these parts of my life without my gadgets. It won't be nearly as much fun, and it won't be nearly so "cool," but I've done it for over 40 years, so it won't be an impossible task.

Till then, give my Blackberry a call and see what song I've attached as your ringtone!!!!!

It’s all just my opinion, but it’s what I wish would happen.

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