Time to Customize
I had an interesting group of family and friends at my home for dinner recently. As I listened to their conversations, I realized just how diverse they were. I also realized that within my close circle, I’d found a pretty good slice of America.
There was the 70-year-old lawyer who lives overseas but practices law here. He has sophisticated video-conferencing systems in both his offices here and abroad. His wife browses You Tube to find Elmo cartoons for their grandchildren also living far from American TV.
The 19-year-old Dartmouth student and the forty-something graphic artist were staunchly arguing the merits of Apple Mac products with a few PC addicts at the table.
There were also a couple of near 60-year-olds. One is a card-carrying AARP member with her own Facebook page. She expressed a great deal of excitement about finding a unified remote control that was a snap to program and really worked with all of her components. Since she’s training for a marathon, she just bought a new Garmin GPS training watch to track her progress.
The other, though, is a clear early-adopter. Boasting one of the first and biggest HDTV systems in his neighborhood, he uses an 8-foot C-Band satellite dish as well as a DISH system. His home theater system was never entirely completed as he’s constantly updating and tweaking it. He boasts about the number of remotes he uses to access the various components.
Although admitting to using the Net throughout the day, the 80-year-old former executive still found a daily read of the New York Times the best way to get information. Most others, though, used the Internet for news and views.
Still another lamented that although he had worked in a fairly technical area, the technology had changed so much in the couple of years since he left the field, he would have to go back to school to get back into it.