Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Looking back...


...is normally not something to do very often. I found myself looking backwards as I reviewed all the junk on my Palm Zire 72s. In the techno-gadget continuum, it was quasi-cool about three years ago, but now it's lame. Anyway, as I looked through the stuff that I had on it, I came across some photos and audio recordings I made when I was enamored with the technology and did not have much else to do. In fact, the color photo I took of my desk with the Palm at Seven Cycles back in the fall of 2005 is at the start of this post. Somewhere in the annals of this blog, there is a B and W version nearly identical to this one.

I have a funny audio recording that I made while waiting in line at the Las Vegas airport after Interbike 2005, but I have not been able to figure out how to upload it. An angry traveller was in line next to me and loudly expressed his displeasure at the length of the line along with the fact that he was carrying a fair amount of his wife's "junk". Maybe I'll be able to figure out how to get it on here in the future. I guess that makes me pretty old-fashioned and technically illiterate; not part of the Millennial Generation.

Now that the Zire is "outdated", what happens to it? This looks good, but it does not mean they do not get tossed? Who owns it?

At the end of a product's life, society is left holding the bag. This is the question that gnaws at me in unreasonable ways sometimes. It can be overwhelming when one thinks of the environmental effects of every item we use, since we use a LOT of items. Focusing on the small things we can change is the way to go. If only I listened to this advice more often.

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