The Technological Hermit

  1. I'm a self-described technological hermit who has an arsenal of outdated gadgetry. My computer and clunky tube TVs were manufactured circa 2003. I bought my very first smartphone this year, and prior to this purchase, I used the same Motorola razor flip phone for six years straight. And it doesn't stop there!

    How up-to-date are the electronics that you own? I'll go first. My name is ___ and I am a technological hermit (gulp).

    I do not own an Iphone, Ipad or tablet. My stereo system was manufactured in 2004 or 2005. I purchased my first Android smartphone six months ago, and it is an out-of-date Motorola model from 2010. Prior to getting this phone, I was using a flip phone that I obtained back in 2007 and used for six years. The only reason I 'upgraded' my phone was my accidental discovery of Republic Wireless, a fairly young company that borrows from the Sprint network and sells prepaid cell phone plans very cheaply. I pay $19.95 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data. The low-cost cellular plan was the one and only reason I tossed my obsolete flip phone and bought one of the default phones that Republic Wireless sells.

    Using my phone to browse the internet, check my emails on the go, use the navigation app, and listen to Pandora internet radio is really cool, but I'm experiencing it for the very first time this year, whereas much of the American public jumped onto the smartphone bandwagon circa 2009 to 2010. Better late than never, I guess.

    Let's talk about my computers. I have a Compaq Presario PC with a Windows XP operating system that has a date of manufacture of April 2003 on the back of the bulky monitor. I purchased this computer in July 2003, and although it is slower than molasses, it has some sentimental value to me. I bought it when I moved out of my parents' house and into my own place for the very first time. I know I will need to get with the program and get rid of it. Perhaps my new year's resolution will involve donating this PC (if anyone wants the obsolete thing) and buying a new computer.

    I also have a laptop that is about five years old. I bought the HP laptop in March 2009 when I was a student in an LPN-to-RN bridge program. It has a date of manufacture of September 2008. The battery no longer works, so it has been rendered useless unless I plug it in to use it. I suppose a brand new battery will solve the problem, but finding one for an obsolete laptop might be somewhat problematic.

    I have two televisions. Both are older, clunky tube televisions that I purchased in 2003. The largest of the two is a 27-inch that I keep in the living room, and the smaller one is a 20-inch that stays in the master bedroom. Both TVs are the same cheap, obscure name brand (Apex). If you're wondering, I have satellite service through DIRECTV.

    My mp3 player is a 2009 model Sony Walkman with 16gb of storage. The internal rechargeable battery is slowly losing its ability to maintain power, so I have been searching for a replacement battery because I really don't want to get a new mp3 player. However, Sony purposely makes replacement parts difficult to find because they anticipate the technology will be outdated every couple of years.

    So there you have it. I am a technological hermit who has a bunch of outdated electronics. Does anyone have gadgetry that is older or more obsolete than the stuff I've described? I'd like to hear your stories.
    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 24, '17
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    I'm the opposite .....I love new

    wish I was more like you!!
  4. by   imintrouble
    HA! I have you beat in the technology area.
    I don't have a laptop, tablet, smartphone. My computer is someone elses castoff. FREE!! I don't have an MP3. My phone can only be used for talking. No texting, pictures, or internet.
    I know what Pandora is, but only because a nurse at the station was listening to it on her phone.
    I frequently say I was born in the wrong century.
    The pony express would have been sufficient for me.
  5. by   TopazLover
    I have had my smart phone for a year, and it is still smarter than me. I had been using a very old PC at home after my laptop died. I brought our computers back after SO passed away. There was no reason to leave them at the office. Now I have a PC that is only 3 years old and his used laptop that is good enough for me. He also had a netbook that I hate. So now I am over run with old technology. I have never had an Ipod or mp3 or other modern music convenience. I read only books made of paper, no electronics. I don't play games on an Ipad, tablet or other thing.

    Some of this is because I am cheap. I don't need these things so I don't have them. The only reason I got a smart phone was the need for a square at work. Now I would be very happy with my old phone except texting is easier with this phone. I do text but don't use textspeak.

    I am not against technology. I see things changing so fast that most things are outdated so quickly. I may not be as smart as my phone, but I am smart enough to stay away from the gadgets. I think I could easily be charmed into buying many of them.
  6. by   NurseGirl525
    I used to be a technology hermit. I am proud to say in the last year I have gotten more up to date. I now have an iphone which I use for so much. I love it now. I got an ipad last year and my kiddo uses it all the time. Plus I can video his judo matches on it. I had to replace my desktop last month because the old one crashed completely. Really loving Window 8 on my new system. So all in all coming out of the dark ages has been good for me.
  7. by   herring_RN
    I used the same Windows 98 computer from 1998 to 2010.
    Then bought a used HP 2006 refurbished laptop with Vista.

    Flip phone only.
    No fancy music player. i still have a 10 year old cassette/CD/radio that works.
    I do have a Kindle and like it. I also read lots of used books.
  8. by   K+MgSO4
    don't worry, I'm 29 and I am constantly teased about my A4 diary that I use at work - Since moving into the NUM role I have lots of meetings - if someone emails me a meeting request I respond however the diary comes to the meeting for notes where other NUMs twice my age are taking notes on tablets I am scribbling wither on a hard copy o the meeting agenda or in my diary.

    My new year resolution was to embrace the technology at work - it is slowly working - one thing I did was get a second screen to cut down on printing and it is forcing me to change work habits. However I no longer have to get off my bum and walk to the printer anymore where am I going to get the incidental exercise now ?
  9. by   SHGR
    I use a brick phone. It makes calls, it receives calls. It does what a phone should do. I did finally get a Kindle (7 inch) and I love it. I got it for work and clinicals but I don't want it to get stolen or MRSAfull. Such a conundrum.
  10. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Have a forever-old flip phone, can take photos but don't 'do' anything with them 'cause I don't know how; texting is a slow-ish process as there is no keyboard, just numbers like on a phone. I only text with my case manager if something comes up. Have a little acer laptop on which I only do e-mails and entering PCH sweepstakes No facebook, pinterest, or whatever any of those other things are. I only recently figured out what URL means, and I know, in a very basic, ignorant way, what a USB is/does, but would be unable to use one if you handed it to me. I know you plug it into the left side of your computer....I think.
    I love writing letters and getting snail-mail but no-one participates anymore. The only reason I got the lap-top is because otherwise I would have little contact with sibs; we aren't much for phoning, never have been, and none of us can afford to travel.( We each live in separate corners of the country!) So, I'm perfectly okay with what I've got and letting everybody else update-update-update with all their electronic/digital toys. I'm so not into expanding into the cloud I'd rather watch them from the porch.
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from No Stars In My Eyes
    Have a forever-old flip phone, can take photos but don't 'do' anything with them 'cause I don't know how
    1. You use the flip phone to send the photos to your email address.
    2. Once you open your email on your laptop or PC to see the pictures, you can right-click each pic and save them to your hard drive.
  12. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Quote from TheCommuter
    1. You use the flip phone to send the photos to your email address.
    2. Once you open your email on your laptop or PC to see the pictures, you can right-click each pic and save them to your hard drive.

    Lo, these many months later,just now in fact, I actually did this .....and it worked! YAY!
    You, T.C. are my hero!
  13. by   coffeetalker
    I have a 'land line' at my house and an answering machine. The 'youngest' computer at my house is about 2 yrs old- I have no idea what kind it is, I am still not sure of what an MP3 player is or how it works. I have no devices, barely can operate my son's digital camera. I do not have a garmin or tom tom and if going to an unfamiliar address- use the computer to google map it and write directions (and often grocery lists) on pieces of paper. I read books made of paper. I listen to radio stations (live) and keep lots of cd's in my car for when the radio starts playing crappy music or for long car rides. It took me until about 8 months ago to figure out what people were talking about when they were talking about emoji's (is that even right?) . I have never skyped. No plans to change any of that anytime soon.
  14. by   herring_RN
    I'm still using the old dumb flip phone and 2006 lap top.
    I do save pictures and documents for when this machine stops working.

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