I love technology and gadgets and am at least willing to try new stuff.
From about 1973 - 1986, I bought music on vinyl. In late '86, I accepted the fact that CDs were going to replace vinyl (with a few exceptions), so I switched. Now, it seems that it won’t be long until downloading will be the new way to buy music (of course, I haven’t heard much new music I like) and I have been buying tracks online to replace old vinyl (I hate buying a CD just for one or two songs). Now I’ve ditched the portable CD player for an MP3 player.
I bought my first VCR in 1984 (a 2 head mono top loader since 4 head stereo front loaders were more expensive). When the prices came down, I got stereo 4 head front loaders. About 3 years ago I bought a DVD recorder and in the past year, have completely switched over to DVD recording.
I didn’t have a lot of pre-recorded videotapes, so the switch to DVDs was easy.
My first computer was a Leading Edge Model D with two 5¼" floppies w/256K memory. I couldn’t afford the 10Mb (yes, Megabyte) hard drive option at $500. I was using DOS 5.0. My second computer was a 386 machine I built with a friend. This time I WAS able to afford the 450Mb drive (only $250!), but I was still running DOS (6.0). I finally gave in and got Windows 3.11. Depsite some reservations, I eventually moved to XP and have a 3.2Ghz P4 computer.
As time goes by, I find myself more likely to embrace new (actually replacement) technology.
I’m still going to give HDTV time to settle before I cough up big bucks for a new TV, though.
Are you a new techno-phobe?