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PC World produced their list of the 50 greatest gadgets of the past 50 years here.
Being a bit of a gadget guy, I thought I would see how my adoption patterns mirrored the top ten. Here is the list and here is my status against the list.
- Sony Walkman (1979): Check. I had a couple of these cassette-based portable music players. And, to show how much has changed, my youngest son has never seen, nor listened to, a cassette tape. The original Sony Walkman had two headphone jacks. I never shared mine. One Walkman, one gadget man.
- Apple iPod (2001): Check. We have four of the little critters littered around the house. The big and bulky 1st Generation right up to the latest iPod Video. I remember all the hassles associated with the first one. Could a Mac-based iPod be used with a Wintel computer? Answer: yes. Although, looking back, I’m not sure why I did that.
- ReplayTV and TiVo (1999): Uncheck. Never got one of those. Partly because the barren Canadian landscape was without PVRs for years and partly because I am not that keen on recording broadcast television.
- Palm Pilot 1000 (1996): Check. A small form factor PDA. It offered 128KB of RAM which could hold about 500 contacts. I was a master of Graffiti. Graffiti was the unusual scribble language that allowed you to make notes. Quite the dinosaur when compared to my Blackberry 8700r.
- Sony CDP-101 (1982): Uncheck. I hated the sound of the first generation CD players. I stayed with analog for another 10 years. And, perhaps I am getting less selective, but I find that I don’t care as much about the analog versus digital format. Sometimes, I find that I even enjoy listening to mp3 and AAC files. You know, as long as they are cut at a high enough bitrate.
- Motorola StarTac (1996): Check. The first tiny cellphone to take the market by storm. We still have a bunch of old cellphones hanging around the house. I chuckle every time I see the big, bulky “portable” cellphones. I can’t believe I thought that they were cool back then. The StarTac was cool.
- Atari Video Computer System (1977): Uncheck. I was too busy hacking on computers. I did not get in on gaming systems until the Atari 5200. Cool machine. Short life. Regardless, Pac Man and Space Invaders were really neat games to play back then.
- Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera (1972): Check. I had quite a passion for photography in my youth. And, for some odd reason, I had a bit of a fling with Polaroids. Terrible prints though. Did not last and I think I lost them all. The same will probably happen to all my digital photos.
- M-Systems DiskOnKey (2000): Check. Had to have one of these USB flash memory sticks for sneakernet. I had an 8MB version which seemed huge at the time. Now I carry 2GB SD cards in my digital cameras.
- Regency TR-1 (1954): Uncheck. The gadget man was not alive then and never secured a portable transistor radio during his youth.