Even though I have a degree in Integrated Science, was a computer programmer for years, and get on a computer at least once a day, I am a Luddite. I have yet to own a cell phone. I scowl at my husband because he navigates with a GPS and his laptop rather than a paper map. I am still getting used to our digital camera and have yet to learn most of its features. The technological wonders of today often hinder rather than help. No Blackberry, Tivo, or digital watch for me.
Here’s the punch line: I bought an MP3 player this week. I’ve been listening to a podcast (FLYlady on Blogtalk Radio) every week and I got tired of being chained to the computer. It was ridiculous to burn a CD to listen to something I intended to listen to only once, so a portable system with temporary storage was the answer.
I started by looking at MP3 players on-line and I quickly found one that attracted me. Apple’s iPod Shuffle was low cost with minimal features. Best of all, it has one big self-explanatory button that covers most of its functions. I could tell just by looking at it how it works. Unwilling to wait for it to be shipped to me, I found a local store that carried it and ran out to buy one.
It was love at first sight. The clean design was enhanced by its size — tiny!
Once I saw it in person, no other player had a chance. I couldn’t resist. It was just too cute not to own.
Since buying it, I’ve been wandering in the land of iTunes, exploring the sample music that came on our PC (annoying junk), and looking forward to listening to music I already own with my adorable iPod. If I keep this up, I’ll have to take off my dented Luddite armor and put it away.
P.S. Not all hope is lost. I just used the beat-up Webster’s that sits by our computer, rather than an on-line dictionary. Some habits die hard.