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A Guide To Our Technological World

Apr 24, 2008
We live in a world full of wonderful electrical gadgets and technological advancements. There is not a single day that goes by whereby I do not see someone walking down the streets without something electrical in their hand, whether it is a battery operated musical device or mobile phone we are consumed by the abundance of technological equipments. It is without a doubt an exciting time we live in, as we are constantly churning out something new each year, making things smaller and optimising its usage.

Just the other day for instance, I was out looking for cable accessories, and found that even then, I was looking for something essential for my computer but at the same time, I could not help but notice how old cables are in comparison to all of these wonderful wireless devices that run on rechargeable batteries. It was not too long ago that people could not imagine using a telephone without it being attached to a thick piece of wiring.

Even as I had purchased my cable accessories, the shop assistant was insisting that I consider upgrading my computer turning it into an almost cable free device. I consider myself somewhat up to date with the world today; however, at times I feel that now that I have approached the wrong side of my twenties that perhaps I am lagging behind. After all the technology business is fierce with continuous introductions and launches of new products it almost feels like we are functioning in fast forward mode.

With reference to my cable accessories, it did not dawn on me until later on during the day how long cables have been around. One of the lasting pieces of technology would have to the power cable. Unbelievably this has been in use in the world since the nineteenth century. Earlier cables were insulated with cloths, paper or even rubber. This seemed dangerous and of course would sometimes result in causes of fire. These days' fire prevention methods have included using fire retardant jacketing, or using plastic.

Technology and electronics is something that can only develop further in the future, it would appear that every single device we aim to purchase is a step further into making our lives somewhat bearable. From mobility to cooking, our ability to invent and produce something that keeps us running on battery power is on a constant move forward. It was not long ago that I had purchased a CD walkman, which if I was to carry around with me now will appear old fashioned and almost obsolete.

Even buying a VCR is considered 'dead technology' since the invention of DVD and Blu-Ray discs. How does one keep up-to-date with all these advancements? Is it the street credibility that it has or is it really the fact that they are marketed well enough to convince you that you are going to use all of the features displayed in the instruction manual?

Mobile phones are also a prime example of how well marketing works for people. Take for example my own phone that I had bought in March of 2007, I was sure that I would be using all of the features such as the walkman feature, the storage space and downloading facilities. It is sad to say that I might as well have bought a simple phone that required minimal effort and contained no features. Of course, those that do use the features may benefit well in purchasing one, however most of the time this is going to be useless.

It would appear that the decision to buy something hi-tech and advanced is dependent on how much you will be using it for and whether you are capable of maintaining the equipment. It generally helps to read up on it, gain some ideas from people who have come to use the same equipment and think about how useful it will be for you. Because before you know it, there will almost undoubtedly be something else on the market to replace it with improved quality of usage.
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Anna Stenning is an expert on cable accessories and all things technological as she takes a keen interest in this field.
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