Technology insists on doing this to me, and probably to you, too. You put off the new laptop or desktop purchase and watch the prices fall; you finally bite the bullet and make the buy; and a week later, something better/faster/cooler hits the market and makes you say, “Dammit, if I’d known …”

I broke down and bought a new cell phone last week, a U510 slider from Samsung. (Not that my previous phone was unsophisticated — it could make and take calls, and … well, actually, that’s about it.) It’s well spec’d for media, e-mail and Web access, quick snapshots and the like. It’s quite sexy in the way only a slider phone can be (have I perhaps been in this industry too long?).

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Dave Webb
Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.