In a recent post I complained about my cell phone. In the past I have avoided buying a laptop, notebook, or netbook computer. Our track record with digital cameras has not been great (damage and loss claiming several before the end of their useful lives).
All-in-all, I feel like technology and I have a love-hate relationship sometimes.
The great news is that in the past couple of weeks I have been preparing for my new career by getting what I needed for my business. My new cellphone is a smart one: a Blackberry. My new notebook is exclusively for doing presentations: cheap but with a big 17 inch screen and HDMI output. My new digital camera has a wide angle lens and panorama capability: designed for real estate more than portraits.
As much as the advance of technology has slowed over the past ten years, it is still amazing to see what cool new features come with each new generation of electronic device. For example, the panorama setting on the camera allows me to simply pan across the scene to capture it. On my old camera I had to take multiple shots and then stitch them together to get the panorama.
Some of you are undoubtedly wondering why I didn’t choose the iPhone over the Blackberry. After trying both, I found that I was happier with “real buttons” instead of touch screen technology. I can be convinced otherwise in the future, especially as they improve things. For example (in the realm of touch interfaces), my notebook’s trackpad is far more responsive, yet less sensitive (with fewer false clicks), than the one on my wife’s netbook which we bought less than a year ago.
In the coming days, I will be settling into my new office, with a great bunch of enthusiastic real estate people. As that happens, I promise to tell you more about the people side of the business and assume that the technology will “just work” as it should.