To Gadget or Not? What we really need now –

A great service to those of us who have become addicted to technology and want to slim down our collections. What do we really need and what can we now do without? The best part of technology today is that you can do more with less. Since about 1996, I began to gather a cell phone, a PDA for addresses and calendar, a digital camera, a Kindle and a laptop, not to mention a never-at-hand-when-I-needed-it video camera. Now my iPhone does it all and I only have one item to lose or break! Given that I can do either easily, this is perfect for my scattered and aging brain!

Here is my bottom line:

DESKTOP COMPUTER Lose it. Except for those of us who need it for major data accumulation and program manipulation.

HIGH-SPEED INTERNET AT HOME Keep it. Stick with your I.S.P.

CABLE TV Depends. You could get by with a good Internet connection and some low-cost subscriptions to services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video.

POINT-AND-SHOOT CAMERA Lose it. Use your smartphone.

CAMCORDER Lose it. See camera, above.

USB THUMB DRIVE Lose it. ‘Dropbox’ app or the drafts folder of Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc works just fine. Email yourself the files.

DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYER Lose it (probably). Do you have a smartphone? Then you have a music player.

ALARM CLOCK Keep it. Phone apps have glitches.

GPS UNIT Lose it. Smartphones have several options for GPS apps.

BOOKS Keep them. You can even borrow them free at sites called libraries. Except for recipe apps for the iPad – complete with video instructions and timers! Wow! Can’t get that in a cookbook!

The whole article is:

Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not)
By SAM GROBART
Published: March 23, 2011
THE NEW YORK TIMES

………..and I seem to be unable to insert the link here! Just color me blog-challenged today!

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