My Name is Issa and I am not an Early Adopter

People who know me would naturally assume that I am what the technology industry refers to as an Early Adopter. I love gadgets, I consider myself a futurist, I’ve read sci-fi my entire life, and I’m generally a big nerd. But those people would be underestimating how conservative I am. When I’m ready to change, I go for it full speed ahead. But I’m a big fan of not fixing what isn’t broken.

In some areas I have been ahead of the curve. I started using email well before most people had heard of it. I was one of the first to switch my recording studio from analog to digital. I had a turntable with a linear tracking arm.

Recently I’ve made some changes that put me squarely in the camp of the Very Late Adopter. In the past few months I have:

  • Switched to gmail
  • Started using a kindle
  • Moved to Linux for my desktop OS

I actually DO NOT prefer gmail. The only reason for switching is that it makes using all the other google products easier. (google, take a bow…)

I invented the kindle back in 1992. Or at least I tried to. Okay, I never even finished designing the prototype because it just wasn’t feasible at the time, but I’ve thought it was both a great idea and inevitable for decades. I just didn’t see a reason to get rid of all of my books. Until I realized that I could either lug heavy boxes around with me for the rest of my life, or spend $100 and have them all in the palm of my hand.

I’ve been using Linux on servers for a long time, but surprisingly, never made the switch at home. Definitely no going back!

For now, I’m going to stick with my Blackberry. And I’m still not getting an ipod. We’ll see what the future holds.

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