February 23, 2005

Kevin's Discarded Electronics Hall of Fame

Every six months or so, I get it in my brain that I need, need, need some kind of gizmo to make my life complete. And with the exception of that robotic parrot I had in high school, they just end up in my electronics junk drawer two months later. Of course, I refuse to accept that they can't be reused somehow, so I hold on to them. I've come to refer to this collection of island of misfit toys as Kevin's Discarded Electronics Hall of Fame.

So I present to you now, entry #1 into of Kevin's Discarded Electronics Hall of Fame.

Inductee #1: The Handspring Visor Edge

What it was: My first PDA
What it was supposed to do: Organize my life
What it actually did: Weigh down my cargo pants

Before I discuss this any further, it's important to get the name right. It's not called the Visor Edge, it's the Visor Edge. The "Edge" should be pronounced in your best rock star voice, in such a way that (a) you risk actually cutting anyone standing nearby, and (b) your hand automatically makes this gesture

without you even realizing it.

Once we get past the name, this thing pretty much stinks. Okay, that's not true, it's a perfectly good PDA -- I just never used it. I thought I'd have my calendar on there, all my peeps' contact info, various games, etc. Instead all I had was a subway map and a digital sundial (which is even less useful than it sounds).

I used the Vindigo application for a while, to help find ATMs and restaurants. Of course, finding an ATM in Manhattan nowadays is like finding green on my website. As for the restaurants, once Amy and I found our one restaurant per neighborhood (Upper west side? Brother Jimmy's. Upper East Side? The Other Brother Jimmy's), that functionality went out the window, too.

So unless someone out there has a suggestion for an alternate use, the Visor Edge will go back into my junk drawer the Discarded Electronics Hall of Fame.

Future inductees will be announced in the weeks to come.

Posted by Kevin at February 23, 2005 03:01 PM
Comments

Hey Kev. If you find a use for it, let me know. I think I have a $400 Handspring laying around the house too. Last time I saw it, I was using it to wedge under my door to keep it open. It was the deluxe, color model so it was a little thicker, making it ideal for holding the door open. The Edge might be too thin to keep a door open, making it completely useless. I think I have a Casio organizer somewhere too. The last time I used that was.... ok, I never used that. I think it still has the sticky plastic on the display. I'd pick up an Etch-A-Sketch before I try to use one of those things.

PS. Blackberries rule, but I think I need to be checked into a clinic because I'm addicted to it.

Posted by: B at February 23, 2005 09:35 PM

I still love the handspring PDA you gave me. Its great for synching info with Outlook and downloading daily info with advantgo.(NYTimes, etc.)

M

Posted by: d at February 24, 2005 07:42 PM
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