Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 22:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Rachel Crosby speaks about her BlackBerry phone the way someone might speak of an embarrassing relative. 'I’m ashamed of it,' said Ms. Crosby, a Los Angeles sales representative who said she had stopped pulling out her BlackBerry at cocktail parties and conferences. In meetings, she says she hides her BlackBerry beneath her iPad for fear clients will see it and judge her." Other products many people own but feel ashamed about: sex toys. So essentially, the BlackBerry is now the equivalent of a vibrator. In all seriousness though - why feel ashamed because of a phone? Are people really that shallow? I'm really getting too old for this stuff.
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The contrarian approach
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 18th Oct 2012 16:58 UTC
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This crap (the smartphone-as-status-symbol) has become completely absurd, I'm tempted to start carrying my old Treo again just out of contrarianism.

Personally, I get a kick out of the odd looks & other reactions when I use obsolete tech in public... not sure if that's a geek thing, or just my inner child/troll at play. There's this ancient NEC "portable" that I like to haul down to the coffee shop sometimes and when people ask about it, I *usually* manage to keep a straight face when extolling its virtues. Dual floppy drives AND a "naturally-lit" screen (aka it has no backlight).

I'm tempted to find some old rabbit ears and try to convince people that I have it connected to wifi.

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