Outside of my Bubble


I spend a fair amount of time, much like many of you, pretty close to the center of the technology bubble. I am, much like many of you, what is considered to be an early adopter. Not always running the latest and/or greatest gear, but I know it’s out there, know it’s specifications and know when you will be able to obtain it at BestBuy.

Much like many of you.

But friends, I am here to tell you today that we are living a lie! A lie I tell you!

You see friends, we are but a _very_ small minority on this big blue ball. We care about technology. We celebrate it. We embrace it! But we are alone friends. Very. Very alone.

As knowledge workers, we are aware of this to an extent. But, it is not until one ventures out into the **real** world that one discovers just how truly alone one is.

For example.

G5 iMac. No iSight camera. Won’t run Leopard (and many apps). Still with iPhoto v4. Awful I know. Numerous Dell Dimensions circa ’99 – ’02. And, sadly, a Compaq (!) that was “Built for Windows ME”.

Cellphones too. The battered Palm Treos. The Motorola phones that won’t synch to a computer. And, horribly, the new iPhone owners that aren’t running Vista or Leopard.

Tragic, I know.

They are out there friends. In numbers greater than any of us could possibly imagine.

Just do us all a favor, please. Upgrade Internet Explorer already!

As always, thank you for your time.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.


  1. Had to log in with the Facebook thing because I’ll be danged if I can remember what my user/pass was. I forgot to text you back last night, we were just getting busy at work. I do not know how to pull the back off an iMac G5, sorry.

  2. no worries. I forgot to text you back. The back just pops off, in case you are curious. Pretty simple. Just took me a few minutes to figure it out.

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