There are people in society who take the plunge when others, the less intrepid types, aren’t so willing. I’m talking about those of you who bought a Toyota Prius or an iPod in the year 2002. Yes, I’m talking about those risk takers known as early adopters. Being an early adopter typically involves money thus making early adoption exclusive. However, there are free things like blogging or the discovery of Facebook, which don’t require greenbacks.
Personally I like to sit back and wait a few years as the kinks have been ironed out. I’m fascinated by new ideas/technology, but I’m rarely a trend-setter when it comes to actual usage of the products. You could say I’m a bit of a bandwagon type, but I’m not sure it paints an accurate picture. Heck I was an early adopter of the Handspring Visor, I’m a Graffiti pro.
What I do know is if it weren’t for early adopters of new products, lots of cool ideas wouldn’t be available to the mainstream public. I’ve been more than willing to test out new software and gadgets when they’re in a beta phase. For those of you willing to put yourself on the line and become an early adopter, thank you. Thank you very much for furthering the cause.
I say this mainly because I have three gadgets I really love these days. Our Prius, my iPod touch, and TiVo. Our Prius is such a bitching car, but it took much research and feedback from the first generation of drivers to make the car what it is today. You even have to give those Honda Insight drivers some street cred. I know there are naysayers when it comes to the Prius citing it’s too expensive and it’s funny looking. Fine, say what you want about the car. I happen to believe it’s the best car I’ve piloted, no joke. Spacious, practical, handles well, comes in 8 shades of gray, and has cool control knobs.
Same goes for the iPod touch. I love that sucker. It’s a gadget I could easily do without, but it’s so damn practical. The first iPhone users made the iPod touch a reality. Trust me, I don’t work for Apple. I don’t even know one person who works for them, yet I know about 10 Microsoft employees. It’s a really nifty gadget which has helped simplify my life just a bit.
TiVo, what a sweet invention this is. The ability to pause and record live television. So awesome. I catch myself wanting to pause and rewind radio all too often. That or someone walks by and I catch them doing a funny gesture, I want to press a button to rewind their action and see it again. VHS had nothing on TiVo I tell you. TiVo’s benefits to the parenting community is significant. Being able to plop ourselves in front of the tv to watch some brain candy after the little ones tire out for the day, priceless. UPDATE: now I can set TiVo to record stuff from my computer. I don’t even need to be camped out on our basement couch to select shows. So instead of reading blogs while at work, I can find the latest HBO Real Sex program and record that puppy. Woot woot!
Thank you early adopters! I’d hug you, but blogs don’t work like that YET!