I've always been somewhat of a tech geek, though you wouldn't know it from the stuff I have in my house. I've always loved following the latest trends in PCs, TVs, DVDs and blu-ray players and the like. But, you don't find my house littered with too much, mostly because I normally can't justify spending the money on it.
The main PC I use is over five years old. It was pretty top-of-the-line when I bought it, and I've upgraded the hard drive and memory, so it has actually held up pretty well.
Same with TVs. We did upgrade two TVs in our house to flat screens, but they're both pretty reasonable, one being a 19″ kitchen TV and the other being a 32″ TV in our bedroom. Other TVs are still the plain, old tube televisions.
I've also resisted anything to do with tablets or e-readers. As much as I think they're cool, I'm not too impressed with the idea of spending the money on them that they entail, though I have noted how the Kindle has declined rapidly in price over the past couple of years.
Still, the first ‘chink' in the armor appeared recently. Our local newspaper has cut back to a three day a week print edition, so subscribers get access to an e-edition, which is basically a glorified and really looking PDF. I subscribe pretty much so we get the Sunday coupon inserts, which pays for itself multiple times over. I rarely access the e-edition, but I wanted to go back and find a book review that I remember having read a few weeks prior, but couldn't remember the name of. As I was browsing through the e-edition on my five year old computer, I thought:
“This would look really cool on one of those readers or tablets.” They build the pages so that they look really cool in those type of formats.
Yikes! It's a chink in the armor. Must. Resist. Temptation.