Confessions of a Luddite: Technology Can Be Cute

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!

I have small hands
Note: I have small hands

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.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

3 thoughts on “Confessions of a Luddite: Technology Can Be Cute”

  1. We have borrowed a friend’s GPS for the trip we are on, and does your husband actually find what he’s looking for? It’s definitely been a mixed bag of results from that little box, and we are *not* giving up our paper maps and the ability to read them! (Plus they never “lose signal.”)

    So the Shuffle works for podcasts?


  2. We hook our GPS up to Kurt’s laptop, which has a mapping program on it. Experience has shown that the GPS doesn’t always get it right. When there aren’t enough satellites in view (like when you are in the bottom of a canyon), the accuracy suffers. Coupled with the map program, it usually does all right, although the program often misdirects us — telling us an exit is to the right instead of the left. Still, we manage to get where we’re going in the end.

    I subscribed to a podcast and iTunes will put it on the Shuffle for me. The Shuffle will play any MP3-format file. The only trick is getting it on there. Still loving its high-tech cuteness.


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