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Tech Talk Tuesday: Tech You Shouldn't Buy This Year
Updated: Tuesday, February 11 2014, 01:17 PM MST
By Lonnie Valencia
If there is one thing we can count on it’s… change. In today’s Tech Talk, we get down to the things that have changed in technology that you need to steer away from. I know, for some of you, this article is going to be hard to handle. Take a couple of deep cleansing breaths, go to your happy place, and prepare yourself. I would also tell you to keep in mind that as you read on, I’m not making this stuff up, so you can’t bring your hulk-like anger down on me if you don’t like what you see.
For some, change can happen and it's just another event in a day. Others treat change by mourning the thing that changed like it was a death in the family. In today’s day and age technology can change in a heartbeat. It’s almost breath taking how fast things come and go when dealing with gadgets, tech, and devices. Those that are mourners are going to find it hard to have funerals every time a technology died this year, so I’m just going to name a few.
To start off, say goodbye to the telephone that’s tethered to your home. The “landline” is one of those devices that is really hard to justify having anymore. The only people that call you on it either want to sell you something or haven’t talked to you since high school. Everyone else that matters calls you on your cell phone. Save yourself that extra ten bucks and cut the cord! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 38% of the U.S. have (that’s roughly 90 million adults.)
Next on the list of things not to buy are GPS devices. With smartphones in most of our hands, GPS devices are just about dead. Android users have google maps and iPhone users have… well… google maps. To buy a GPS device right now is just a waste of money. Sure you can try justifying it however you like, but you're just investing in a dead technology that is not going to pay off for long. If you already have a smartphone learn how to use the map feature safely in the car and be done with it.
If this next item come as a shock to you, you’ve not been keeping up with my articles. DVD and Blu-Ray players are next on the list of things not to buy. That’s right! You read that correctly! Xbox One and PS4 put the nail in this coffin. Not only do they play games but they do DVDs and Blu-Rays too. So don’t go and invest in a player if you don’t have to. If fact, I would go a step further and tell you to start investing in streaming systems like Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Vudu, or Roku. Having a wall full of cased DVDs or Blu-Rays was soooo 2010. Having a hard drive that holds every movie you’ve ever seen and takes up a fraction of the space is what's in today. Future proofing yourself would be ditching the drive and upgrading to the cloud.
Last on the list… This is hard even for me to write about… Cable TV and DVRs. Believe it or not, but there is a decline seen in sales for cable. It is estimated that 1.3 million customers will stop using cable this year. These people are called “cord-cutters” as they are transitioning from cable to low cost services like Hulu and Netflix which provide most of the same programing. You might be on the road to being a “cord-cutter” and not even know it. I’m on that road and it was a shock to me as I love my cable provider. Here are the signs… 1. You no longer watch what is on live. 2. You use your DVR almost exclusively. 3. The only reason you use the guide on cable is to set your DVR. If you do one or more of the listed above you are on your way to loosing that cable box. Really take a look at your DVR and what you are watching. If Hulu has all of your shows, ask yourself what is really holding you to your cable service. You might find that there is no reason at all and then you’ll look at the bill and be sickened by just how much you spend on nothing.
That wraps it up for today. Do you see yourself giving up your cable service or your Blu-Ray collecting addiction? I know that I’ll take a hard look at my cable service. Shoot me an email or leave a comment below.