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Rachel and Simple Technology

My wife tells me I am a hard person to buy presents for. As I am an easy person to please, I don’t see why she believes so. I suppose it spawns from not having anything that I am obsessed about and simply like just about everything. I have simple tastes and don’t normally choose extravagance over functionality. Fancy dining out for me can be as easy as hanging out in a Village Inn for coffee.

I suppose that I am a simple person who doesn’t actively pursue any one objective or want. I have always been a jack of all trades, and it’s the small things in life that give me pleasure.

Although I’m not against¬†having the latest and greatest toys at my disposal, I don’t really need them to enjoy what I have.

Since I grew up in an impoverish family, I was raised to appreciate what I do have and not what I could have. Because of this mindset, I am usually a content and happy person.

People stress about tangible objects too much, I believe. I am more worried about an asteroid smashing into Earth than I am about my cable being shut off. In fact, up until a month ago, I didn’t have cable TV in my house for close to five years. While I do retain a great deal of knowledge about the latest and greatest technology, I am satisfied with what I currently have.

I enjoy all of my technological gizmos my friends and family view as outdated. The way I think of it, I didn’t buy them to make people envious of me. I bought them because I like them and see no reason to upgrade. The way I figure it, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Everything I have suits me in every way and I utilize all of my gadgets to their fullest capabilities.

Here is the Technology I do Have:

1. Phones –¬†It wasn’t until recently I had to get a new phone. Personally, I like my old-style LG phone before everything gained intelligence. After that phone was lost, it was several years before my wife forced me to get a new one so she can call me throughout the day. Now, I have a LG Spectrum 2 that has all of the bells and whistles attached. But I don’t need all of this Internet built-in stuff since I have my computer. Why would I want to subject myself to viewing a 5-inch screen when I have a 22-inch widescreen sitting on my desk?

2. PC Gaming –¬†I am an avid game player. I do a lot of reviews of the free-to-play games that are featured on the Internet. So far, my video card and computer system has been far more than enough power to run everything with excellent detail. However, my friends will rib me for not upgrading. They have the $500 video cards that hit the market on release day and I am still playing around on a card that I’ve had for several years. Even the newest games play as smooth as liquid, which makes me wonder why would I want to spend $500 on a video card when everything plays so well now?

3. Tablet –¬†My tablet will also get a lot of attention from friends and family. I bought an Acer Iconia A100 when they first came out and use it on a daily basis. With all of the latest and greatest technologies that are available, I take a lot of flak by not having something “superior.” However, my little 7-inch tablet is all I really need. I do a little browsing of the Internet on it, but mostly use it as a tool when I work or a video camera with HD capabilities. Nearly all of my apps are geared towards network monitoring and troubleshooting. And, it’s a lot easier to carry around than my 30-pound laptop bag.

4. Laptop –¬†The laptop I use regularly for graphic and website design is old by today’s standards. However, I have yet to have a single problem with it and don’t need the elaborate functionality that today’s laptops have. I use Photoshop 7 and Dreamweaver MX on it because I see no reason to upgrade. These programs do exactly what I need done on my aging Dell D610. Why would I need to spend the thousands of dollars to upgrade hardware and software?

I tend to grow attached and accustomed to using what technological goodies I have. I used Windows 98se up until 2005 when I had to upgrade due to software needs. If I can work efficiently with what I have, the money I could spend on these upgrades could be spent towards things like bills or other fun stuff that surpasses the wants of better equipment. Would I like a $500 video card to play a game that looks the same as it does now on my current system, or would I rather buy a used car when mine breaks down?

Author Bio: Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to @

One Comment

  1. Hello Rachel, I enjoyed reading your story. I am much the same way, especially with regards to technology. I do confess to being a real “foodie”, so yes, I enjoy fine dining. However, my definition of fine dining is excellent food in a pleasant setting (not necessarily expensive dining). My blog has several articles that you might enjoy. Here are two: “Simple Living Is for Everyone” and “Have More Fun with Less Money”. Kind Regards, Carol

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