Being very frugal and a gadget junkie is an awful combination. There are so many cool gadgets to get, but when you can’t stand spending money, all you can do is look and want. For instance, I would love a Kindle Fire, but I already have a Kindle that works perfectly well, so how can I justify getting another one? That being said, I can see myself caving and splurging on some form of technology this year. Here are just a few of the things I would get if I could talk my frugal alter ego into it.
I didn’t know what geniuses did with their free time until recently: apparently, some of the geniuses “play Foursquare” which allows them to both impress their friends and family with knowledge of nearby restaurants and hotspots and become Mayors of unincorporated towns and municipalities like Microsoft which is a world in and of itself.
The idea of Foursquare is simple. As described by TechWorld:
Like that "I Am Rich" iPhone app that cost $200 and did nothing but display a glowing red icon, expensive but ultimately useless novelties have always perplexed me. They're amusing from a distance to those of us without buckets of spare cash, but does anyone actually buy them? Apps may not cost much of anything to make, but what about real, tangible goods with production costs? Hundred-dollar computer cables must have some kind of market for companies to keep making them and stores to keep selling them. $20,000 Nokia handsets must have at least one buyer in the world, or else Vertu wouldn't exist.
More and more kids are becoming acquainted with technology at a young age. They're exploring smartphones, iTouch, iPhone, and even iPad devices. But just how safe are these hi-tech devices in the hands of young children? After all, there's the opportunity that inappropriate pictures, videos, songs, and movies could make their way into the viewing field of a young child with a simple tap or touch.
When I was growing up, computers were still new but even then, there was a great divide between PC and Mac users. Still today, you are either a Mac person or you are not. Owners of each type of computer are fiercely loyal and can instantly rattle off a list of what makes their brand superior. That rivalry has grown, expanding now to smartphones. You are either an iPhone person or you are not. In many cases, the alternative is Android, and the battle lines have been clearly drawn.
I’m one of the lucky ones. I use my smartphone perpetually for work, looking up current news, sharing between my various devices, checking social networking sites for feedback and interests, and I’m using all of this data for one low flat rate. I got in right under the wire earlier this year before Verizon’s new aggregated plans came out. With the increasingly data-heavy apps and user habits, companies are finding it difficult to provide unlimited data plans for a single rate, so they’ve switched to terraced plans where using more data means paying more dollars. For customers that means major overages if you’re not careful. Here are a few tricks that you can use (and me when I have to re-up in another 18 months), to transform your phone from a data hose to a data sieve and lower the chance of overage fees.
From Darren Murph of Popular Science, the following tips are easy fixes on your phone to slow the transmission of expensive data, without really giving up any of the phone’s capability.
Okay, I have a rant today, and I’m sure many of you have faced the same problem I am facing. I have major cord overload. You don’t realize how many gadgets you have until you try to organize all the cords to charge said gadgets. In our case, we have a drawer completely full of cords, and several of the more frequently used cords are stationed near plugins for easy access. They add up to a lot of cords.
Over the past few years, I have tried a couple different wireless mice. I have always been disappointed in how they work, because they skipped or were slow to respond. As a result, I stuck with a dinosaur of a mouse, nursing it back to health and being loyal to the very end. When it died, I couldn’t find another wired mouse I liked, so I was forced to give wireless mice another try.
A laptop seems to be part of everyone's personal electronics tool belt these days, but exactly which portable computers are sticking around for the long haul? Dell recently announced that they're about to stop producing their line of netbooks--those cheap micro-computers that started soaring in popularity just a few years ago. They're still available from plenty of other manufacturers, but does Dell's choice to discontinue the Inspiron minis indicate a trend away from the netbook?