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31 Responses

  1. Paige says:

    Shall we post photos of our electronic madness? I’m a simpleton….. MrFixit is not.

  2. Michael says:

    You may do so if you’d like.
    Mr. Fixit is a genius…

  3. Reuben says:

    Thanks Michael!

    Computer? Apple for sure. We have two, and they are superior in every way. I speak from experience, as I was deep into IT for years.

    Phone? Droid. No question. My Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is leaps and bounds beyond my wife’s iPhone.

    We have iPads and our son has a Kindle Fire. I am not really impressed with the iPad mini. The size is nice. There is zero innovation since the start of it all.

    I deeply desire a droid tablet. Probably the pricey Samsung.

    Happy birthday to my wife!

  4. Jim says:

    I took apart a failed Dell back in 2006, found a bad solder on the motherboard, pulled the hard drive and trashed the unit. Borrowed my son’s macbook for an hour and bought an iMac and macbook pro. Once you go mac, you never go back…

    Currently running two iMac’s, an iPad, and an iPhone with a pulled sim, so I guess it’s an iPod. I have no use for a smartphone, so I still use a 7 year old moto razor flip phone. As an app developer, I get laughed at a lot for that…

  5. Michael says:

    Happy birthday to your bride, Reuben!
    I love my mini…

  6. Michael says:

    Jim…you’re the last of a dying breed. 🙂

  7. Reuben says:

    Michael, as far as I can tell…

    My wife has the full size original iPad. I have the mini. Aside from a slightly faster processor and a camera on both sides, nothing changed at all. Apple is ahead on tech, but way behind on making it better. Samsung is doing that at an alarming pace. Their cheaper high def tablet is a rocket ship filled with features. Android is quickly becoming saturated with killer apps. Plus, they have sd slots, something Apple should have done about 5 years ago.

    I would fall over dead if my phone dissappeared. It is the hub of everything I do. I was without it for one hour yesterday. Worst hour of my working life. The pen on the Note 2 is a no brainer. The pen you buy separately for the iPad is dismal and pointless. There is no place to put it. You cant write on pictures. The battery on the Note 2 lasts forever. The battery on the iPad is silly and worthless. It is plugged in more than not.

  8. I’m a technophobe. I have an android phone that I use for texting and calling. I’m typing on my hp Notebook PC. I love it because I’m used to it. When I’ve preached the last 4 weeks, I’ve printed my notes and put them in a binder, and I actually turn pages in my Bible. No iPad for me. I’m not opposed to others using theirs at the pulpit. It’s just not for me.

    I do have an excellent Yamaha keyboard with very realistic piano reproduction. Does that count?

  9. Michael says:


    We’ll count it for the sake of your seniority here. 🙂

  10. Michael says:


    The great thing about tech is that there is something to meet almost every need.
    I don’t care for Samsung products or Android…but we’re both getting done what we need to do.
    I’m waiting for some Blackberry hold outs… 🙂

  11. Jeff Sheckstein says:

    Commodore 64 and rotary dial phone…all contained in a pac bell telephone booth. Ted Kaczynski did the build.

  12. Michael says:


    That was very funny… 🙂

  13. Ricky Bobby says:

    Sheck, ROTFLOL! Nice one.

  14. Ricky Bobby says:

    Apple guy on computer, basic cell phone (not a smart phone). Rely heavily on the internet as biz and personal resource.

  15. Jim says:


    Favorite carry pistol?

  16. My computer is a Windows with Vista – my cell is an Android – my MP3 player is a Sony.

    But I still depend mostly on my ouiji board 🙂

  17. Michael says:


    LOL… 🙂
    You and Sheck are killing it today…

  18. I.T. Pro for the last ten years. I’ve got everything and work on everything. I hate it all equally.

    It’s a trap and a lie that we’ve all fallen for.

  19. gomergirl says:

    android tablet and phone, dell laptop. meh,…. will never be tempted by the apple….

  20. Linnea says:

    Jim’s right…once you go Mac you never go back! I used to do all the virus extractions from my husband’s business PCs…once we converted to MACS, no more time consuming maintenance! That said, I have an old apple laptop, an iPhone 3 (but a 5 for work), a newer iPad and kindle fire. They come in handy for different things. Most folks I know at work who converted from their CrackBerries to the iPhone say they’re in heaven and will never go back. I need to talk with them about the real route to nirvana!

  21. Michael says:

    Blackberry people crack me up.
    “We’re not dead yet”!
    Yes, you are…

  22. Jim says:

    I wonder if I’m alone in this. I’ve never texted on a phone. When my kids were at home they knew what TX, Y, and N meant (thanks, yes, and no), but that’s it. When people text me, I call them and ask why they text when they can call. I don’t get texts anymore 🙂

    Anyone else refuse to text?

  23. Michael says:


    I tried to make that stand…lasted about a day and a half.
    It’s how people communicate now…

  24. Jim says:

    Not my peeps. Maybe that’s why I get a lot of email. Even then, if it turns into a conversation, I pick up the phone.

    I see the curse part of your post at restaurants, with couples playing with their phones. That wouldn’t fly with either Carole or me. Even our adult kids put them away when they’re with us.

  25. Got a Macbook Pro that is 6 years old. it is on it’s last leg, due to a fall, so I don’t use it much. Quit using windows in 2001, because it a virus took out my wife’s computer while I was deployed to Bosnia and it caused a lot of grief. I communicated a lot with her by email.
    Got a Chromebook that I use mainly at the house in place of my Macbook.
    Recently got an Android phone. I like it and can share a lot of stuff through Google Drive with my Chromebook.
    My wife has an iPad which she loves.

    I have the bare bones Kindle cheap model, but I love it!

  26. CK @#8
    My wife tried the iPad at church recently as a bible. She said she won’t do it again, didn’t feel right.
    As for me, I could use my phone as my bible, but I like my journaling bible and writing notes in the margins.

  27. Babylon's Dread says:

    iThings all. But my fav is still my old Blackberry. One day I will return. Love gizmos am not savvy at them, just functional.

  28. DavidH says:

    MacBook Pro for all computing. My wife and son are both on PC laptops. I’d love to be able to get them Macs. iPhones for all three of us.

    The computer is a blessing. I have the study tools I need at my finger tips. I use E-Sword and Codeweaver on my Mac.

    I’ve grown weary of cell phones. I remember the days when folks didn’t need to know the whereabouts of friends and family at all times of the day and night.

  29. London says:

    Ipad, iPhone, PC, Cannon 40D….that’s all that matters

  30. erunner says:

    I have an ancient flip phone and I don’t text. My computer is a desktop. I’m content.

  31. filbertz says:

    I have a full set of ship flags and mirrors for Morse code. Also, signal fires are underrated.

    I rarely text on my basic cell phone. My Acer lap top replaced my dead PC tower. My wife is way ahead of me on technology. She’s an appler. I have a Kindle Fire, but prefer to use paper books As an educator, schools generally lag far behind in technology largely because things change so rapidly it is hard to get current and stay there. Besides, it is incredibly expensive and everyone knows schools are loaded with lots of extra money to blow on pet projects…

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