Paradox of Choice – Technology

I so often pine over tech.  It really exhausts me, and it needs to stop.  The paradox of choice is attacking me with a vengeance lately, and I have a plan to make it all go away.

Just recently, I couldn’t decide whether to keep my 17″ MBP running Snow Leopard or upgrade to the newest hotness.  I finally made that decision, but then another one sprung on me.  Should I get a sleeker portable hard drive?

Hard Drive War - Casey Friday

My current hard drive is a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB black drive.  I purchased a FireWire 800 attachment for it, so my transfers are as speedy as I really care for.  I mean, to be honest, the most often occasion that I’m using an external drive is to make a backup, which is going to take a TON of minutes anyway.

So if I’m going to be keeping the damn thing plugged in forever, does it really matter if it’s “2x faster”?  2 hours is less than 4 hours, but if it’s going to take more than 1 hour, I’m probably going to have it plugged in all day anyway, so it doesn’t make a difference.

Enter paradox of choice

I had a Staples coupon that needed to be used, so I got a new Seagate hard drive.  It’s silver (like my MBP), it’s sleek, and it looks good.  It’s a Seagate Backup Plus 1TB drive.  See the difference between that and what I currently have?  It’s only 1TB.  One terabyte.  Five hundred gigabytes less than my current (thicker) hard drive.

So now I’m thinking to myself, Should I sacrifice storage space for a sleeker product?  Something that matches the color of my laptop?  It’s the same reason I pined so long over whether or not I was going to keep the retina MacBook Pro, while sacrificing lots of ports, internal storage options, and upgradeability -all for a damn pretty screen and a slim case.

So what am I to do with this trivial decision that literally eats hours away from my day – researching the benefits of faster drive spindle speeds and Expresscard 34 eSATA adapters?

No more sacrifices

If I had kept the retina MacBook Pro, I would have been sacrificing a lot of things I want in a computer just to have the newest, shiniest Apple product.  I would have no ethernet, no firewire, no audio in, one less USB, and no internal upgrade options.

No. More. Sacrifices.

I will no longer decide on purchasing an item based on its wow-factor.  I will simply purchase based on the capability of the technology.  If it can’t do what I want it to do, I’m not buying it. No more wasted hours of research on technology that can’t adequately do what my current tech can already do.

No new hard drive, no new laptop.  Come on, tech makers.  Give me something I can actually desire.

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