Monday, July 09, 2007

Am I Getting Old?

Maybe I'm just getting old, but did you see all the hurrah about the iPhones last week? I heard a story about a woman that when to a store an hour before opening and offered a kid who had been camped out there for days, $800 for his first place in the line. Apparently she had gotten hold of a hundred thousand dollars and she intended to buy all the iPhone at that location and scalp the phones to the highest bidders. She was very disappointed to learn that the store limited sales to one iPhone per customer. The kid on the other hand was ecstatic. He pocketed his $800, got back at the end of the line and bought his iPhone a few hours later. I'm sure like me, he loves America.
But here's the deal -I can't think of any gadget for which I would wait in line for more than a few minutes. Sure these iPhones are hot right now, but in a few months, they'll be giving them away in a box of Cracker Jacks. The next generation of phone will probably allow kids to redirect the Hubble Space Telescope back towards earth and take pictures of their girlfriends who are vacationing at the beach or maybe provide a live 24x7 webcam feed of Paris Hilton walking her dog. Who knows what they'll do next.
I really wish they would invent a phone that had good service out where I live. I'm sure it's in the works - right behind the perpetual motion motor that will make petrochemicals obsolete.

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