22 February 2007

A timely slap

This post by Joel Johnson of Gizmodo fame really resonates with me. His response to the push to constantly upgrade?

Stop buying this crap. Just stop it. You don't need it. Wait a year until the reviews come out and the other suckers too addicted to having the very latest and greatest buy it, put up a review, and have moved on to something else. Stop buying broken products and then shrugging your shoulders when it doesn't do what it is supposed to. Stop buying products that serve any other master than you. Use older stuff that works. Make it yourself. Only buy new stuff from companies that have proven themselves good servants of their customers in the past. Complaining online about this stuff helps, but really, just stop buying it.

I fully acknowledge that I am a bit of a techno faddist, and am constantly drawn to the coolest new toys. Thankfully, I do have a modicum of common sense and can resist running out and splurging on that new phone/PDA/laptop/whatever. That is what this blog is about anyway.

Vive la Résistance!

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