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New and Shiny

I like things that are new and shiny.  You might also.  For me, it’s always been about computers and gadgets.  Sure, a shiny new car would be nice, but I can live with my old car.  But the latest computer hardware or home theater setup or tech gadget… Now that’s interesting to me.

I’ve noticed, however, less of a desire lately to chase those new shinies, mostly because of our financial journey.  Ironically, I now have the savings to buy a new television to replace the 20” loaner I’m using because ours broke, but I’m not really dying for it.  It would be nice, but it’s not essential.

There’s something that happens when we get control of our financial situation: We want material things less.  Sue says it’s because we focus on our blessings more than our wantings. I tend to agree with her.

Here’s how I know I’ve changed: There’s a new iPhone coming out in about a month. And I really don’t have a desire to go out and get it. I’m also not feeling bad about getting mine when I did instead of waiting for a new and better model. Because there is always a new and better thing coming.


  1. Kristina

    The phone itself is essentially the same (minus size and speed of course). The good thing is at least you can update to OS 3.0 and get some of the cool new features. I personally will like being able to send Jeff a pic message to his phone now instead of his email address. I also like the cut, copy and paste feature and landscape keyboard will be cool useful too. The only thing I would miss about the new phone would be the voice activation feature. It looks like a sweet feature in the demo. I don’t have an iPhone, just the iTouch, but I too am looking forward to OS 3.0 (even though I know there will inevitably be bugs)!

  2. Jason Christ

    Yea, the software update is almost like getting a new phone. You can do voice commands for dialing now, you just need to launch a different app to do it. It’s inconvenient, but useful if you like that sort of thing. I don’t, so it doesn’t bother me.

  3. Chuck Whited

    Shiny things – yes! I love shiny things. My wife mentioned the new phone to me, but like you, I am content with my i-phone. Actually I love it. It is the best phone I’ve ever had.

    Still, if you have shiny things around, let me know.

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