Sunday, July 17, 2005
Next stop in Techie-land--a new laptop
To the gods of technology, I beg your mercy…. Today I did it. I made the commitment. I bought a digital camera online. And the gods snicker, rubbing their hands together knowing full well it will be “obsolete” before I even pay off the credit card bill. When looking at two different models of a similar camera I was considering, someone asked me if one was the updated version of the other and looking at my notes I said, “yeah, this one came out in March 2005 and this one in April 2005.” Amazing. For more than a month I have been wavering, indecisive, treading a fine line on obsessive, reading camera reviews from the Steve’s digicam site and from c-net and more. … Pestering clerks at retail counters asking what kind of camera they own …. At one point I had it narrowed to several Sonys and was simply trying to choose the best camera for me… but then a friend with good intentions decided to point out that the Nikon Coolpix 7900 was certainly the finest camera in the price range I was considering. I hadn’t even bothered to look at anything other than a Sony and now I had to start all over. Fortunately another friend kindly let me borrow his Nikon (though a mere 3200) in order to determine if I liked that sort of camera. I wasn’t really impressed but then I dismissed that because it wasn’t nearly the camera the 7900 was claiming to be. Eventually I selected my favorite from the Sonys (Cyber-shot DSC-W7) and pitted it against the Nikon Coolpix 7900 for a few weeks, changing my mind almost daily and then in a moment of truth, I took the plunge, bought the Sony and now I wait. Apparently 3-4 weeks. I didn’t know it took that long to get anything these days. When they say it will be shipped by ground, they must mean someone is walking it to my door from somewhere in Indiana.