My Technology Love Affairs

New products and services seem to come along constantly but very few make a dent in my life. I find I am just too busy with the day-to-day chaos of activity that I just don’t have time to devote to trying out all the new toys and gadgets. This is really a depressing fact for me as I just love new technology and trying new things. But even though I seem to be overwhelmed with my normal life flow there are times that a new product or technology just bowls me over and changes my life. I have divided my mortal existence into two phase, pre-Diamondbacks and post-Diamondbacks. In my pre-Diamondbacks state I was much like an unborn child. I was growing and developing but I wasn’t really aware of my surroundings. That all changed on March 9, 1995 when Major League Baseball awarded a franchise to Arizona. From that point on I began to have real experiences that I could remember. So in my post-Diamondbacks life phase I have had three major technology advancements that I would call life-changing.

The first of these was the advent of the Apple iPod. I was an early adopter of this technology and have owned several iterations of this technology beginning with a first generation brick and moving forward with subsequent models. I currently own two iPods, a black 8 GB Nano that I have connected to my Nike shoes which I described in the entry Nike Shoe Geek-dom. The other and far more valuable is a 60GB iPod that Trina gave me for our anniversary last year. This one not only has a lot of my favorite music (highlighted by the Chase Field Roof Opening Music) but also includes photos taken at the ballgame, a video of Randy Johnson killing a pigeon with a baseball during Spring Training, and a video of the final inning of game 7 of the 2001 World Series. That has to be the coolest thing in the world and I can’t imagine living without my iPod.

The second technology advancement that has had a huge impact on my life is Tivo which I chronicled in the entry Thank Heavens for Tivo. This is such an awesome technology. I have defined a Season Pass for anything containing the word “Diamondbacks”. Before Tivo I had never seen a Diamondbacks home game on television. I was always at the ballpark so I never knew what the park looked like on television. Now that I have Tivo though, I can record the game so that when I get home from the ballpark I can replay the game and see whether the umpire blew a call or if a ball was foul or fair. I always keep at least one Diamondbacks game stored on Tivo just in case I start to feel too out of touch I can at least watch Chase Field home movies.

My newest life changing technology is XM Radio.I am not sure how I ever lived without satellite radio up to this point. Sure it is great to have over 100 crystal clear channels to choose from and it is amazing that I can tune into a station and have the signal follow me wherever I drive in the country. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to never have to spin the dial in rural America and find the only station within a hundred miles plays nothing but country music. To say I am not a country fan would be the understatement of the year. The last time my radio played a country song, I took the car to the dealer to have the radio fixed. Now I don’t have to worry about it. I just find the genre of music I am in the mood for, tune in the station and relax. You would think that with all of these music stations at my disposal that I would have a hard time trying to decide which one to listen to. That is not a problem for me. I have one station and listen to that almost exclusively. That station would be channel 175 – MLB Home Plate. What an amazing idea, an all baseball station. I can’t believe someone has not thought of this before. The market for this has to be huge. At any moment I know I can get in my car, turn on the XM Radio and find something about baseball. During the season the shows deal with current baseball events as well as scores and highlights. During the off-season I can still find interviews with some of my favorite announcers such as Charley Steiner and Buck Martinez. I’m even willing to put up with Rob Dibble for a brief amount of time (assuming he is not talking about his tattoos). This has to be one of the greatest programming ideas to ever cross the airwaves.

Now if I can somehow figure out how to get my Tivo to record my XM Radio so I can move it to my iPod, I would be in technology nirvana.

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