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The FridayQ: Gadget

It’s Friday, therefore it’s time for the FridayQ. Gadgets is today’s theme.

FQ1: What’s your favorite electronic gadget that you own? Which gadget do you wish you owned but don’t?

I don’t have that many gadgets, so it’d be a tie between my Minolta Dimage E323 digital camera and my Unitec Duex MP-304 digital music player. The camera, while not being the best out there, takes good pictures and looks nice too, and the player is good because it’s easy to use and is very small and light.

As for what gadget I’d like – possibly an iPod (although I’d prefer something that could work natively through Windows – I’d prefer not to have to start iTunes every time I want to add or delete a file) or maybe a smartphone like the Sony Ericsson P900.

FQ2: What gadget do you wish somebody would invent so you could have one? Which gadget do you wish had never been invented at all?

A Babel fish translator, like in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. You could stick it in your ear and it would translate any speech into your native language.

As for gadgets that had never been invented, I’m tempted to say the fax machine. Almost everyone I know who has one complains about them. Personally I just use email.

FQ3: Do you consider yourself an electronic gadget junkie? How many gadgets are around/on you right now?

Not really, I don’t have the money to buy lots of gadgets, but I probably have more than most. Around me right now I have my laptop (duh…), my mobile phone and remote controls for the TV and digital set-top box.

FQ DARE: Reveal a trendy gadget you bought, but are now embarrassed to own/have owned.

Possibly my first mobile phone, an Alcatel One Touch 302. It was rather cheap and nasty, and I was glad to be able to replace it with a rather more useful Nokia 3410 that didn’t seize up after 18 months.

One Comment

  1. I beleive that while the default behaviour for an iPod is to keep it synced with everything in your iTunes library, it can also be accessed through Windows explorer, just as if it was a firewire hard drive or something.