Now, here's a 10 of a Kind that's definitely personal, and I fully expect some of you to disagree with me, at least on the specifics! But here's my top 10!
Yes, I know, most of the world is PC, but what can I say? I'm a Mac. That's not to say that I won't or can't use a PC (see #7 below), I just prefer my Mac. It's reliable, I know what to expect, and I love the interface as well as the customizability! I honestly can't see the day when I might prefer a Windows machine.
Of course, being a Mac person, you know that I had to get an iPhone as soon as I could, and I've got to say that, especially since I used to really hate the idea of a cell phone being more than a cell phone, I've really embraced the possibilities of it being more! I see it as a blend of the old Star Trek communicator and tricorder plus more! Now, if only Verizon would extend some of the 3G coverage...
3. DVD Player
OK, most of the rest of the items on this list will be more generic references, and not to specific items. I love DVDs and DVD players! The fact that you don't have to rewind alone makes it an excellent format, so far as I'm concerned... well, that, plus the fact that so much stuff is now available on DVD. Still, to be honest, I have to admit that most of the time, I watch DVDs on my Mac (although there's also DVD players in the playroom for the kids, my father-in-law's bedroom, and in the family room).
Digital cameras are one of my favorite technological developments of the past 20 years, if for no other reason that I'm no longer spending so much money on film and developing! The expense of that alone kept me from photographing as much as I would like to... although I do have to admit that, outside of eBay auctions, most of my photos these days are taken on my iPhone!
5.Digital Video Camera
Oh yes, my iPhone takes decent video... but I definitely prefer the standalone digital video camera that we bought before our Pennsylvania vacation two years ago! We've also used it for family events and other vacations, as well as a few videos for this blog, and even a few things for school! Add in the fact that I can download the video to my Mac and edit it, and create DVDs... I find myself wondering why I was ever interested in getting a standard video camera that used tape!
Our TomTom recently (well, a few months ago) bit the dust, so now I'm searching for the same functionality in an iPhone app... but I've got to tell you, I used our TomTom every single day I drove, even if I was going somewhere I knew the way too, just because it could give me estimates of my arrival time (a pretty nice feature, and one I really miss from the GPS apps I've found so far). Another nice feature was its ability to give me a more accurate speed than the spedometer of the car!
If I had the money, I definitely would've bought me an iBook for school, but the Acer netbook I've got works pretty well for me! True, the keyboard is ridiculously small (which is why I keep a regular keyboard in my school backpack), and the screen could be larger, but having that has kept me pretty productive at school when I have time between classes! Now, if only it had a CD-ROM drive...
When Comcast made the Digital Video Recorder part of the available stuff with their digital cable package, my wife and I immediately jumped on it, and we use ours every single day, to make sure that we don't miss any of our shows (well, unless the cable goes out, anyway). All of our favorites are automatically recorded, and I even have a few searches set up for autorecording (such as "Godzilla" and "Beatles"). We just have to remember when setting up new recordings to tell it not to delete anything unless we choose to delete it!
Many of the features here at the Random Acts of Geekery wouldn't be possible without the all-in-one scanner and printers from HP that I own (yes, we have two here, deal with it). Pretty much all the Children's Book Theatre features here were scanned with these devices, as well as some of the Monster Books and Monster Magazines, plus a lot of the older Comic Book Ads! I do have to admit, though, sometimes I miss the simpler days of having a separate scanner -- especially since I need the transparency adapter option if I'm ever going to do the View-Master videos I've promised!
Last, but not least, is the wireless router that lets us use one cable modem for three (and sometimes four) computers at once here! Although I do have to admit we could use an upgrade, it's nice to have the wireless network... it's a lot less cables we have to deal with!
So, do any of you have a favorite electronic gadget that I didn't mention here? Let me know in the comments!