I was called a bit of a hypocrite for my last post because of my own perceived technology usage. I assume that some think I have a disposable collection of iPhones but in reality I am a bit of a luddite. Here is my list.
- Samsung flip phone| 3 years old and is a pay as you go phone from SaskTel. You can call me on it but unless I am travelling or am call for something, I won’t answer. It probably won’t even be on.
- Moleskine| Darryl Dash got me to switch from my obsolete Sony Clie a couple of years ago. I go through one every year or so. I don’t know if you can call paper and a pen technology but I carry one with me lots.
- I have use a larger hard cover book that my friend Darren Friesen talked me into using. Instead of keeping files, I date pages, write notes, and make them into action items if needed later. I file them and the moleskine as an archive of my thoughts when they are done.
- Sony PSP| Lee game me one for Christmas. I do have a half dozen games for it, the game I enjoy the most is baseball. The main use for it is watching downloaded videos from YouTube and Google Video at the lake. It’s also cool in that I bring it on the road and with Skype installed, it is a cheap way to call home.
- iPod Nano(four gig) | This is my favorite possession and I use it quite a bit at work, home, and at the lake. I have a couple of cheap speakers I plug it into at the office and hit shuffle. For Father’s Day Wendy and Mark gave me some speakers that we use at the cabin in place of having a stereo there and moving CD’s back and forth. I also use it to listen to a couple of podcasts a week (Nick and Josh, Meet the Press, CBC Sask and CBC Ideas). It integrates in with last.fm and it allows you to see what I have been listening to on the sidebar.
- I have an old Dell D600 notebook. I got it cheap and it runs Windows XP pretty well. Sub notebooks are still a vice of mine. If I need a 19 inch screen, I’ll buy a desktop.
It is a pretty boring list and is a long way from where I used to be. (Remember the Timex Ironman PDA?) I am not sure what changed but the technolust that I used to have isn’t there anymore. I am not saying that gadgets are bad but they don’t mean nearly as much to me as they used to. Looking through the archives of this site are embarrassing for me. The sad thing is that I used to think they were the key to the future of the church in North America (high end media system, 3D animations, webcasting, streaming interactive sermons…) While I still use a lot of technology and I like to think I still understand technology, I am far more selective in what I am using. Eugene Peterson reminded me in The Jesus Way that uncritical adoption of technology is not a good way to live life. I think this can be demonstrated by almost every Blackberry user that I have ever seen or some of my friends on Facebook who are shocked that when they post photos of themselves at their friends stag cause people to gossip about them at work. I don’t think I have it right by any means but the above list has been agonized over. Even if it does mean I am a Luddite.