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Technology changed my life...

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by mikeky, Nov 4, 2002.

  1. BigDeputyDog

    BigDeputyDog Straight Shootin Admin Staff Member

    ShinyTop... Pete Fountain...

    Separated at birth???

    News at 11...


    BDD... :{)
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Damn, Shiny. Here, all this time, I thought you were a very old, fragile man. I don't want to get on your bad side. Looks like you still can do some can of whoopin! ;) Plus, you are a good looking guy to boot. Look out ladies.

    Great shot by the way.
  3. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Man, I use mine all the time. Under normal circumstances, I'd be worried about those brain cancer stories...but I have no brain matter to speak of, so I believe I can use mine with utter impunity.

  4. jamming

    jamming Banned

    I presently live without a cellphone and though I like the thought of one it is a matter of affording one with all my other bills. My thought about technology is what do I actually gain by using it. I just bought my first DVD player yeaterday, because I noticed at my Blockbuster had finally reached the 50-50 mark on DVD to VHS, I had set that as the indicator a few years ago for the purchase. I am running a P3 Chip now but waited for the intro of the first P4 Chip (also this is not an INTEL-AMD Argument). I think it comes to a utilitarian issue for me, will having this item increase my quality of life. I was not an early adopter of DSL, but I was in the second wave, because I figured it would improve my web experience. Also, I could keep it with my old Dial-up ISP, keeping my original purchased email name alive. I guess that I am also concerned about what I would lose also, I am really balking at leaving the last 9X operating system in WinME. I guess I like to consider changing when I need to not always when I want to. Don't get me wrong I like change, but I like purposeful change.
  5. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    My wife and I waited til two years ago to get cell phones and I love having it. Has only been used in emergencies a couple times. We like to separate at malls and the phones make meeting up a lot easier. We don't make many long distance calls but we have not put one on our home phone since getting the cells. Still, if I go very long without a job they will be the first luxury to go.
  6. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Jim, Shiny, others,

    Cell phone to me is a way to reach someone en route somewhere. If I need to ask my wife to pick something up, or she ask me an important finance question, then yes, it's awesome.

    However, the cell-phone is a double-edged sword. People call you anywhere anytime, whether it's work, family, or whatever.
  7. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    I'm still with the SLR gear. Too much of a traditionalist perhaps. Tell me the down side of digital compared to SLR you digital fans. The resolution cant match it right? And in low light conditions SLR still reigns supreme? Educate me. I'm yet to be convinced that digital is the way to go despite the convenience of no film and developing.
  8. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    "However, the cell-phone is a double-edged sword. People call you anywhere anytime, whether it's work, family, or whatever."

    So true. When I'm out on the road visiting customers I was unreachable before the mobile phone. Now the office rings whenever they feel inclined. That can be good or bad. It works to your favour as well. OZ has the second highest mobile phone useage per head in the world. Damn things are attached permanently to a lot of peoples ears.
  9. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    OK Shiny, you might have started something here. Any other pics going to appear?. Any more faces to put with the posts?
  10. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    You're right about digital not yet matching SLRs in low light, resolution, etc. (although some of the new ones [$10,000+] are getting there). But the upside (instant development, picture cost, electronic archiving and sharing, etc.) weigh heavily against SLRs these days.

    Maybe try one as a complement instead of replacement to your current gear?
  11. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    If you are taking snapshots, 90% plus of all photos taken, the digital is great. If you take nothing but photographs and judge each one on artistic content you should stay with film. I think most of us can get by with just digital easier than just film. I have had my digital camera two months and have seen more pics than in the previous two years from my film camera. And have thrown away many mistakes. Without paying for their development. Each person must consider what they want from a camera. I spend more than I probably needed to considering most of my output is definitely in the snapshot arena. But when a situation presents itself I can take advantage of the more advanced aspects of my camera. I got a Fuji 602 which I think is a good compromise.

  12. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Shiny nailed it as to why I prefer the digital. I have both SLR (Nikon) and digital (Canon) and spent more money on the digital (that one gig card is wonderful :)).

    I am going to start taking it with me more often so I can take those eccentricities of NYC and post them here. :)
  13. Misu

    Misu Hey, I saw that.

    I have to say the cell phone has changed my life DRASTICALLY. It's nice to take my cell phone and know that I can go anywhere I want, and if something happens, I can call for help. It's been liberating for me.

    I used to refuse to go to "bad" parts of town on my own before, for fear that if something happened, I was screwed. Like a flat tire or getting lost, etc. I've actually been lost in a terrible part of town and was rescued by my friend via cell phone - she sat with mapquest in front of her, guiding me out.

    My digital camera, albeit a piece of shit Kodak dx3700, has made me discover my passion for photography. Too bad I lost my memory card, so I haven't been able to take any pictures for a while now. But I used to take that camera everywhere when I first got it about a year ago, and actually took some really cook pictures.

    For example, here's a pic I took on a trip to Tampa right before my back surgery - i'm so proud of this picture:
    <img src="http://misu.clancritic.com:8080/gallery/categories/Tampa_Trip/media/DCP_0061.JPG">

    I regret not having a better camera, as I encounter moments like this ALL THE TIME whenever I go out. If I had that Nikon coolpix 4500 or 5700 or the Fuji camera I've been drooling over, I'd be well on my way to developing an addiction to photography.
  14. Misu

    Misu Hey, I saw that.

    btw, i have no idea who those people in the pic are - we were walking on the beach, and I saw this grandmother with her grandchild, and quickly snapped the picture. It wasn't until I got home that I saw the pic and saw how perfect it came out. Sucks it was such a low res. :(
  15. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    Thanks for the hints. It backs up what other info I have heard around the traps. The digitals are expensive out here but the convenience must be a big plus.

    "I have to say the cell phone has changed my life DRASTICALLY. It's nice to take my cell phone and know that I can go anywhere I want, and if something happens, I can call for help. It's been liberating for me."

    I agree Misu. They are great when your teenage kids are out and running late getting home or missed the train or whatever. So long as they leave them on of course.
  16. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    Great picture Misu; hope you find that memory card and we get to see some more. It's a great feeling when you get that perfect shot, isn't it?

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