I have a problem with gadgets. I'm addicted to them.
Honestly, I don't see anything wrong with:
A gadget addiction is - unfortunately - untreatable. The greatest minds of science have not found a cure.
Get a new girlfriend who doesn't mind you buying yourself toys?
Get a life ?
Just send me all your gadgets. There may be a short period of withdrawal pains, but you w'll get over it. It will solve your problem as well.
I go with WhatTimeIsItEccles.
It's no different than people addicted to shopping in general. You have to be honest with yourself and know when what you have is good enough.
I have to disagree with Anony Coward... my bank account would probably be in much worse shape if my wife (who I often refer to as the purchasing dept) didn't act as overseer of such things.
Option (1) Have children. They require a lot of time and money and it's hard to argue your toys are more important than theirs. Also when they're small you have a somewhat high risk environment for technology (e.g. my youngest who when 3 killed a floppy drive with a lolly stick, because he kept losing a game).
a cynic writes...
I just got back from a trip to Japan. The Land of the Untested Gadgets Unleashed Upon The Educated, Rich And Unsuspecting Consumer Segment. When you go to the Best Electronic store in Fukuoka, you realize just how silly it is to acquire all these technologies. I mean, yes, I am sure I can find a use for 3 Nikon lenses and a D70, but unless I can open a serious web catalog I am never gonna use the USD$4000 worth of equipment, so why are we even bothering to chase that technological curve? I am sure we can all find some online novel or O'Reilly Safari book to oogle over on a Sony U50 on your local friendly subway car, but why bother to squint at a squinting screen when you have already worked 16 hours? Maybe we should all work smarter, not harder. Maybe we should try to make do with the only gadget that doesn't need a rechargable battery--our brain.
Now that I don't have the conch shell, here's my wish list (lol):
save your money and buy a classic car. Imagine the following scenario: your geeky friends all have gadget xyz, but dang, you just didn't have the money. As they laugh, you sigh, walk to your car, pry the excess scantily clad women off of it, and peel out in a huge cloud of melting tire rubber, accidentally running over said friends' gadget xyz. Oops! Oh well.
When I was little, my parents got frustrated with the way I would want a toy, finally get it, and then want something else (in my defense, I got some good usage out of all of my toys; I think my parents just didn't see that). Anyway, they addressed this by making me keep a list. If I wanted to buy something, I had to write it on this list, and it had to be on the list for some amount of time (I think it was 2 weeks, later lowered to 1 week) before I could buy it.
Li-fan Chen, your brain does require an external power source (like a battery). How often do you eat every day? ;)
grinning, ducking and running...
Amazon.com wishlists. Making a note that I want it is just about as good as owning it. I don't know how it works, but it does.
With me it's book addiction. Solutions to limit my spending include staying out of bookshops, a budget, and thinking about whether this is _really_ where I want to spend the money -- or is there maybe something more important.
Should be working
One thing I found helped not gadget addiction, but computer hardware/software (ahem) "pre-emptive purchases" (I *know* I'll need this 160G external drive) was to wait until the day before you knew you were going to start using the device in question, and order it then.
+1 on Amazon wishlists - works for me too
I thought you could only put iTunes songs in an iPod. You can actually store MP3, mpg's or .doc's in there? 40GB of hard drive in that nice little package?
iPods and iTunes happily play MP3, but unless you're pirating the tunes, why not just rip to the better MP4 AAC?
And in the same vein, you can store and view your address book and as many coming weeks of your calendar you like onto an iPod with the iSync application that comes with OS X.
> How do you deal with gadget addiction?
I'm with "a cynic writes...":
I think your friend is banging your girlfriend. You should join for an MMF 3 way and forget the stupid gadget. While you are out shopping for new gadgets, you friend is going down on your GF all the time.
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