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Time to toss that gadget? Or not? (photos)

Ditch the desktop? Cut the cable? Drop the alarm clock? ZDNet's Andrew Nusca took on The New York Times' Sam Grobart’s view on “Gadgets you should get rid of (or not).” Here are 10 common items that might be on their way to a museum. Add yours in Talkback. For more read 10 gadgets you should actually get rid of - or not.

1. The desktop computer

Grobart’s take: “Lose it"

Nusca’s take: I gave up my desktop in 2005, and haven’t looked back.

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22 comments
pundarikakshaya
pundarikakshaya

Desktop PC are those like more flexible we can change some here and there if out dated give it to some kid . and cheap what do u want more than that

RipVan
RipVan

The article was a waste only because it is so subjective. Maybe they would have been better off giving us a Facebook (or should I say "The Facebook") take on what is going on in THEIR electronic gadget lives. Otherwise, they are just plain wrong on most of the points they attempted to make. Oh well, content was needed, and there was a deadline...

LocoLobo
LocoLobo

this list was going to be about "old" tech. You know. Programmable electronic calculators, slide rules (well, maybe not that old).

jfuller05
jfuller05

Criteria please? How do you know the needs of most homes? This list is laughable.

.Martin.
.Martin.

iOS and Android have with daylight savings? I prefer an alarm that works, but hey, that's just me!

briandecot
briandecot

Not if you're a PC Gamer, then the Desktop is a necessity!

TECH_tst
TECH_tst

Too bad the NY Times beat you by about a week. On almost the same items and surprise! almost the same results...

HAL 9000
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Is what was inferred when told to dump the Desktop when you can use a Droid Phone? I've yet to run across a powerful enough NB for my needs even with the new i7 CPU units that are available in the Top End units. NB's are slow compared to a well constructed Desktop and only an idiot would consider it necessary to spend more money to get slower performance for their workers. So I'm assuming here that the Author/s are in the Business of disposing of E Waste and are after a Increase in Income from all of the New Tech that gets thrown out. Of course when everyone dumps their current Old tech what will they have to dispose of? Col

RockerGeek!
RockerGeek!

Only if the client is up and around and needs their information all the time would I recommend a laptop over a desktop. Even then, many prefer a desktop machine and a netbook for meetings and stuff

seanferd
seanferd

Of course when everyone dumps their current Old tech what will they have to dispose of? Well, you buy stuff so you can throw it away! What planet economy are you from?

tomenosal
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Get real. Anyone who puts all their eggs in one basket, is asking for trouble when that device stops working or gets stolen.

RockerGeek!
RockerGeek! like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love how the point and shoot cameras feature a DSLR Canon in the foreground. Plus, there are MANY people out there who want a device dedicated to pictures. I for one am one of those people. I don't like filling my phone's memory with pics. Besides, point and shoot digital cameras are getting higher resolutions and lower prices, and still fit in your pocket easily

Realvdude
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Seriously though, neither author seems to have given much thought about different people may use these different devices. For instance, what happens with your cell phone based GPS when you drive out of service range? Ever used a Flipstyle camcorder to catch facial expression of someone 100 feet behind a moving boat? How about the person who plops down a couple of grand on a digital SLR, just to use it as a point shoot 90% of time. Lastly, the humble alarm clock. Sure I use my cell phone alarm feature, and even as my alarm clock when away from home; but every morning my alarm clocks awakens me in my bed, regardless of where my phone is at and whether the battery is dead or not. I even get to hear the local traffic and weather reports, while getting up or hitting the snooze. I even have one of those newfangled ones, that sets itself forward by an hour in the spring, and back in the fall.

oldbaritone
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For those of us in the trenches, old does not mean obsolete. Have you ever downloaded a 4 GB setup image on a 256K DSL line? Do it just once, and you'll learn to carry a bag full of thumb drives. (Edit: and you're 500 miles from the nearest major city with decent internet access!) Desktop computers "disappear" less often than laptops do. If the person is sitting at the desk anyhow, why would a manager think the employee needs a smaller machine? Maybe your newest-latest-greatest smart phone has video, but can you mount it on a tripod and leave it alone? Even amateurs know that shaky hand-held video is really annoying. It's "neat" or "cool" to have all of the latest toys - if someone with an unlimited budget gives them all to you. For the rest of us, we're not ready to "toss" all of these, in fact we're still buying several of them brand-new because they're very inexpensive and useful now.

jfuller05
jfuller05

will most likely stay around especially since the price is right.

seanferd
seanferd

I, for one, will rue the day.

davidm
davidm

Good call. I just built a brand new desktop last month, and it puts a smile on my face every day!

rmerchberger
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... that I'm never getting back. :-( Was there even a point to this list? Instead of this idiotic list, try this advice: "If a device is still useful to you, use it. If not, don't." As I regularly use my Tandy 200 (laptop built in 1985) not to mention most of the devices "obsoleted" by this list, the senseless slaughter of countless electrons necessary to make this drivel makes me cringe. I'm just sayin'...

maj37
maj37

I didn't waste the full 10 minutes because I quit at about #3 or 4. maj