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Talking it up

December 19th, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Some of my friends have been complaining about not being able to contact me on the phone, so I decided it was time I finally sidled reluctantly into the 21st Century, like a little crab coming out of its shell, and got myself voice mail. i signed up for the standard Telecom package of call minder, call waiting and caller ID for nz$10 a month. Unfortunately my old phone is a very basic one I bought at The Warehouse 6 years ago and doesn't support caller ID, so I bought a new cordless Uniden for nz$89. Ouch! But I've been having fun programming it - now my best friend is trying to talk me into a cell phone. Sure I'd like to have all these wonderful things like digital cameras, but I noticed my new phone is only guaranteed for 2 years - the same length of time as the rechargeable battery!! It will take me that long to figure out how all the functions work. I guess by the time the warranty runs out there will be some new technological marvel I need to update to. What concerns me is what happens to all the now useless gadgets. I guess they get shipped off to China and some poor person gets exposed to toxicity while disassembling it. I try to reduce the amount of stuff I buy because of concern for the environment, but if I'm to stay in contact, especially now most of my family lives overseas, I have to have some of the new bells and whistles. So we are all dragged along by the pace of change willy nilly.

2 Responses to “Talking it up”

  1. fern Says:

    China may be the last resort, but if you do an online search for electronics recycling, you come up with a lot of different alternatives. Places like Staples will take used toner cartridges, for instance, and Sony accepts used computers, even if it's not their brand. I found a local chapter of a national group that tries to find a new home for used computers in the schools and elsewhere.

  2. Linda Says:

    I have myself started to dissasemble certain things now to get the stuff for crafts and to sell for salvage. With copper at $2 per pound there are many things that can be recycled if people only would, and lots of wire and stuff make beautiful jewelry. So I am going to try my hand at that stuff.

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