A Techies Holiday Shopping Warning
Opinion: We have an epidemic of violence in this county. Video games and television help desensitize us to human tragedy. This needs to stop.OK, I love technology and have spent a lot of money on it. My TiVo and XM Satellite Radio are among my prized possessions. That is, if you dont include my Canon Digital Rebel camera or the iPod whose earbuds sometimes follow me around almost like a tail. Did I mention the cool Treo 600 PDA/phone? Sure, I wrote a blog about it. And Ive met very few GPS devices I didnt like. What do I want next? A wireless home weather station, so I can have real-time weather on my Web site during wildfire season. But that will be a spring purchase. I dont just buy technology for myself but also as holiday presents. This year, I paid special attention to what I bought for young people. No more video games or DVDs on my list. This year I bought gifts that are a lot less exciting than those Ive handed out in years past.
Mix technology with education and entertainment, and some very unexpected things can happen. Or maybe they werent so unexpected, if only wed bothered to think in advance about the likely result of our actions. Thats what I am trying to do this year.