Technology. When “good enough” is good enough!

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Technology. When “good enough” is good enough!When I was a much younger man, I lived on the leading edge of technology. I had to possess the latest and greatest of everything.

In those days, technology was extremely expensive. And in many cases, the benefits of the primitive usability did not justify the high initial investment.

If nothing else, I got a good education for my money. I leaned a basic tenet of technology that has remained with me to this day:

The best technology to purchase is the one that you will actually use!

And once I have something that works “good enough,” I am no longer driven towards “better.”

In many cases “new and improved” only translates to “more expensive.” I have no desire to part with my money without a reasonable expectation of benefit.

Somehow we survived through the 50’s and 60’s without any of this stuff.

Because what we had was good enough!

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Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Amen to that!  Some people feel they have to "keep up" or even one-up everyone else with the latest technology, but I think about it the same way I do about cars .... if the one I have is still doing the job then why change just to have the latest?

 

Jul 24, 2012 10:44 AM #48
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Jordon Wheeler
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Hey Richard,

Well said.  I have to remind myself to practice restraint when it comes to technology.  There's something shiny and new everyday, but I like what I have thus far.  Best of success to you this year!

Jul 24, 2012 11:28 AM #49
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David...

And a lot of times we really meant to use it, but just never got around to it. Thanks.

Bill...

I like to buy technology that is at least one year old and preferably two. It's a fraction of the price and it is still a lot better than what I have now! Thanks.

Charles...

Yes it is, but I have customers worried about a $600 house payment yet they have no problem with a $400 phone bill. Thanks.

Tammie...

I have only run over one phone with the car ...so far! Lol and THX.

Mary...

It really does apply to almost anything in life. Thanks.

Jul 24, 2012 11:35 AM #50
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Richard, While I usually have knowledge of the latest and greatest tech, I'm usually not one of the first to go buy it.  If my existing Blackberry continues to serve it's essential function, it'll still be my tool of choice for now (although an iPhone and iPad DO sound pretty appealing).  Bill

Jul 24, 2012 11:36 AM #51
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Richard -- I cannot agree with you more.  All three of our children work in technology industries, but I am still using a flip phone, because it does what I need it to do: text and call.

Jul 24, 2012 11:40 AM #52
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Eileen Hsu
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I agree that you want to spend your time most efficiently with the products that you are most comfortable with.

Jul 24, 2012 11:42 AM #53
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Peggy Wester
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I admit I still sometimes feel "pressured" to get the latest and great gadget, though it's been awhile since I've given into that pressure. I think what you say here is right on -- if it's working for you, no need to spend unnecessary money on the latest tool. Congratulations on the feature!

Jul 24, 2012 12:23 PM #54
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Sometimes we need to just detach and quit chasing the next best thing and really do with what we have.  There have been some tech stuff that I have bought and never really used its functionality to its fullest.  I would've been better off spending less for the simpler functions that I needed.

Jul 24, 2012 12:34 PM #55
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Charlie Dresen
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Technology is wonderful indeed, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.  Glad you found a balance.

Jul 24, 2012 01:06 PM #56
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
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Your post is synchronistic: my Canon camera I've had for the last four years just took a dirt nap, but I'm able to buy a new one that has better features for less than one third the price I paid for it 4 years ago. I think it's because camera manufacturers are competing with the droids and iphones that folks use for taking pictures. Great post,

Jul 24, 2012 02:53 PM #57
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I agree Richard.  There comes a point when enough is enough.

Jul 24, 2012 03:02 PM #58
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Richard, well put. The constant "upgrading" of stuff most often brings very little if any improvement.
Jul 24, 2012 03:11 PM #59
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I had the pleasure of sitting behind a fellow agent at an agency class today.  He was surfing news stories on his iPad.  There were two totally horrifying headlines between news of the iPhone 5.  He immediately clicked the link for the iPhone 5.   For some people, it's never good enough.  I'm glad I'm with you and not one of them.

Jul 24, 2012 03:45 PM #60
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René Fabre
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Off and on, through the years (and still today) I have technology that's good enough. My old Dell Laptop from 2006 isn't all that powerful compared to today, but it has WiFi, love the keyboard, and it's never failed me. I love to use it for typing up my blogs. I've got a couple of synthesizers from the 80's I still love to play with, and my stereo goes back almost that far. I get attached. They grow on you. There may be a faster, better, cooler way to do something with them, but like you say, at what cost. Anyway, I enjoy doing it this way...

Jul 24, 2012 04:37 PM #61
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Tanja Cisliek
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL

Witty post! Your statement is a bit black and white, nothing wrong with replacing equipment every once in a while, but I can totally agree with your core message - there is absolutely no need to constantly chase the holy grail of an even newer phone, camera, laptop, iPad, you name it! - If it works and does a good job, no need to put money down the drain!

Jul 24, 2012 07:08 PM #62
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Cheryl Ritchie
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The camera concept of the best one is the one with you works for all the tech toys ....good point. I have had no regrets about each iPad step up, though.
Jul 24, 2012 07:51 PM #63
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I enjoy the advantages of technology, but only when it works.  Today, technology won! :(

Jul 24, 2012 08:04 PM #64
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Sussie Sutton
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I remember the good ole days... and sometimes I miss them.  But at work I need and want all the fastest technology I can get my hands on.

Jul 24, 2012 08:21 PM #65
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Richard - Though I like my technology tools, I tend to agree with you for the most part.

Jul 24, 2012 11:32 PM #66
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So true. It's nice to sit back and think on what we do have today, instead of simply striving to have more. Great post.

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