The Tablet Wheel of Progress
We've all heard of the "hamster wheel of progress" relative to the constant flow of technology updates. I guess we're about to see this in the world of tablets. Doesn't surprise any of us, I suppose. Bigger, smaller, faster, better, etc., etc. Time to polish up the old AMEX card again.
What is most interesting to me about this is the rapidity with which these cycles are coming at us. I'm just now settling in to a habit of using my latest tablet device (Kindle Fire) for things other than figuring out what a tablet can do. (There's always that part of new technology that's all about the new technology and hardly at all about its use on my daily life.) Only in the last couple of months has the technology part faded to the background and the real integration into my daily routine becomes mindless habit.
So, I guess it's time for a new toy — at least that's what the manufacturers seem to think. I understand the pressures of competition and the necessity of staying ahead of the competition. And, I'll admit, I do look forward to the new bells and whistles. I guess there is still, however, a part of me that remembers stability and longs for its return. Wishful thinking, I know, but it appears the only way off the wheel is to jump off. There's no way it's going to slow down on its own. And I'm just not ready to jump off quite yet. That leaves me with the eternal question: What do I do with my original Sony Reader, my iPad 1, etc.? I need more kids and grandkids to give them to, I guess.