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Old 02-07-2013, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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and why I don't either

Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own A Smartphone [Opinion]
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:35 AM
 
Location: 92037
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That was great, thanks for sharing!

Although I do have many smartphones for professional reasons, all the reasons mentioned make a lot of sense for not having to own one.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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Eh.

Having and using a smartphone (with all of it's bells and whistles) does not preclude someone from being a decent, attentive human being.

Put the phone on mute/vibrate; put it in another room, but don't not have one just to make some sort of statement.

My friend doesn't have one because he doesn't want to spend the money for the data plan (like one of the reasons in the article). But that's fine. All of the other superfluous reasons about wanting to be "bored" and being courteous to people is just ridiculous; that tells me the blogger has more of an addiction than he'd like to admit.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Agree with HarHar. If you are going to blog about tech... you really should have one. Period.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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Agree with HarHar. If you are going to blog about tech... you really should have one. Period.
This too.

If you're a tech blogger, into tech, or just want to keep a heads up with new tech, a smartphone is an awesome way to do it. Can these things wait? Sure. But it seems kinda oxymoronic to me to deny this part completely as well.

A smartphone (for me) just filled in and added so many things to my life; as they are the modern day swiss army knife. Does everyone need a multi-tool? Nope, but if you're "handy" then it's a great thing to have.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: 92037
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Peregrine and HarHar,

You guys make GREAT points and I totally agree with you guys. Clearly I dont think this blogger is in the majority by any means but found his point of view interesting nonetheless. lol

I never read anything else from him before, so cant really comment on anything other than the link from the OP. But there are a TON of blogs out there are totally biased in review and such. So I dont think its necessarily a bad thing if this guy writes objective reviews on whatever tech he is blogging about. In other words, if he knows how to use and review whatever he writes about, but just isnt his deal, then so be it.

I dont know the feeling I got from this dude, is his laptop is the equivalent of punching in/out of a job. When the lid is closed on the laptop, he doesnt know want to know about it. I can relate to that to a certain degree but yeah his diatribe seemed a bit extreme when its fairly simple to turn syncing off of emails or the like
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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Bleh. Dude's issues are with behavior, not devices. Rude people were rude before AGB first rang up Watson, and will still be rude long after we're all gone. Ascribing it to the technology is silly.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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Bleh. Dude's issues are with behavior, not devices. Rude people were rude before AGB first rang up Watson, and will still be rude long after we're all gone. Ascribing it to the technology is silly.
Agree. And I think it's nice that someone of his age is speaking to the rudeness and self-absorption which is often attendant with folks who seemingly are possessed by their smartphones. He makes a point and I think he did it well. His responses within the comments show him to be levelheaded and personable.
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