Just curious. Do you like gadgets? Do you use a SlingBox or a programmable multifunctional remote control with more computer power than an early eighties midframe? Are your gadgets cutting edge? In other words, is there a correlation between your choice for Apple’s offerings and other electronic wizardry? In my case, it’s a mixed bag. I have a PVR (TiVo like machine), a Logitech programmable remote that is indispensable to fire up the TV, the PVR and the home cinema system in one go. Otherwise, I’d be goofing around with 3 remotes. But I write with a fountain pen and my watches are mostly mechanical. I usually wait until version 1.1 of a product is released. I will buy the iPhone but not just after it is finally released in my country. I’ll wait until an UMTS version is available, that’ll suit me better. Speaking of mobile phones, I’ve been invited to take part in a pilot involving making payments with a NFC (near field communication) equipped Nokia 6131. I wrote an extensive application and received all the paperwork yesterday (after a long radio silence). I’ll get the phone, already charged with 50 Euros to cover all costs during the pilot that’ll run until the end of February 2008 and I have to make two payments per month and charge the phone twice a month with 20 Euros. I also have to fill out 3 questionnaires during the pilot. If I stick to these requirements, I may keep the phone at the end of the pilot. You pay by holding your phone in front of an antenna (hidden) and keying in a PIN. That’s it. It’ll become you’re wallet. I hope it picks up and does not die at birth. This is technology I really dig. Imagine a NFC equipped iPhone! It’ll become my e-mail client, my diary, my wallet, my navigation device if Apple incorporates GPS and teams up with TomTom and I will even be able to make calls with it!