Posted by Tim Stobbs on January 17, 2014
I hit ‘7’ and nothing happened. I try again and still nothing, but finally on the third try the call goes through on our old cordless phone for the land line. During the same week the DVD player which is mainly used by the daycare also starts acting up and will no longer plays discs. Ugh, I think to myself. I have to go shopping for some replacements.
After I start to think about the age of cordless phone and DVD player, I do the math in my head and realize the cordless phone is almost 15 years old, meanwhile the DVD player is about 12 years old. In a world of constant electronic upgrades we actually managed to wear out some technology. I fully admit to having a moment of pure pride that we had managed to be the antithesis of Apple’s marketing plan.
So we go shopping and I fully admit it didn’t occur to until we started looking in the store just how far technology can change in over a decade. Yet seriously it made the entire event sort of fun for me. Our old cordless phone was a big beast with a large antenna sticking out of the top of it. The new cordless phone was has no visible antenna and is without exaggeration half the thickness of the old phone. It also has two handsets and a built in answering machine. I was reading about its range and was a bit shocked to read 100 yards, which would take me to the middle of most of my neighbours houses while the old phone would start to drop the call at the end of the garage.
For the DVD player we decided to upgrade to a bluray player which cost a whole $68 which also has built in apps to Netflix if we hooked it up to an Ethernet cable. Seriously I don’t even want to try to remember how much I paid for my other Bluray player, years ago, I think I might cry about it. Is it a good time to mention the new player is like half the size of my other one?
So in the end, yes we upgraded a few things in the house, but the cost was significantly reduced by not buying as things when they first came out and secondly we actually got a significant functionally upgrade by waiting. So next time you are tempted with new technology I suggest waiting out a cycle, or two or even three. You might even enjoy the upgrade experience a bit more and save some money.
So what was the last piece of electronics that you wore out? Did you replace it or upgrade?