Friday, January 25, 2008

I'm a Luddite Again

I love my iPod in all its 5G glory, but I'm affeared the cult of Mac is sort of leaving me behind.

Christine and I went to prepaid cells about a year ago, reasoning we could actually spend far less money that way. I got a cool race car shaped phone out of the deal, but Alltel has been somewhat less customer friendly than Chad would lead you to believe.

"Well, you're just going to have to take it an Alltel store," I was told in one e-mail while trying to correct a problem with my voice mail.

In spite of that, generally that plan has served us well, but it's also made me a liar.

I always said I'd jump at the chance to meld my cell and my iPod. Until they melded cell phone and iPod. That was the closer for a lot of people in my office, generally younger folk who'd been getting by with Rios or whatever until then picked up iPhones.

Suddenly my 5G is the dinosaur, yet I'm not looking to upgrade. The iTouch-sized screen is attractive, but I'm told there's slightly less reliability or quality to its touch screen, and I don't want to go back to a $70 a month plan when I can get by on far less even if I text. My race car phone has a handy extra set of buttons for just that so you don't have to deal with the whole A now B now C business of three letters to a key. Chad did OK on that point.

Now I'm told the SidPod--you have to name them you know--won't support say a rental of 300. That would be kind of cool, eh. "Spartans, tonight we dine in hell," right on the ol' pod screen.

I'll survive, but I'm in the tech backwaters again.


RK Sterling said...

LOL. Ah, Sid, at least you swam away from shore for a little while. I've barely dipped my toes.

Charles Gramlich said...

I only understood about half the words you used here so I think you're still above me on the tech scale.

Lana Gramlich said...

Watching a movie on a phone sized screen is hardly watching a movie, anyway. Bill Gates really revolutionized the way people get scammed. Eternal upgrades=eternal profits, even if it means our landfills are filled with toxic chemicals. <:(
(Gotcha beat on the luddite factor, btw. I don't have a cell phone, nor do I have any plans to get one.)

AvDB said...

I'm disgruntled because I had the first gen iPod. Three gigs of memory and as thick as a pack of smokes. Still, it was mine and it was cool. No one had them. Now, my nephews and nieces are getting and replacing them like it's nothing. They're everywhere, and I'm no longer special.

I still want an iPhone, though.

Miladysa said...

Oh my! This post was double dutch to me - I use my phone for making telephone calls on rare occasions.

Are you saying they can do other things to?


Clifford said...

I've got a pretty big screen on my Windows Mobile phone, but I've never really had the desire to watch a movie on it. Hmm...I got the entire run of Friday the 13th the Series on DVD for Xmas (bootlegs -- eek!), so maybe I should port a couple episodes over. Nah, I'll stick with music (:

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