Prior to the Bush II administration, I considered the Reagan administration to be the most corrupt within the past century. 'W' of course made him look like a Boy Scout. But Reagan was an evil man. He trained terrorists on American soil and then released them onto the world. His economic 'policies' laid the foundation for the destruction of the American middle class. His handling of the AIDS crisis should go down in history as an example of how not to deal with an emerging disease. In short, everything he touched was tainted forever. He was a horrible president and a morally reprehensible human being. Yet the right has turned him into a saint. It disgusts me and reminds me regularly why I will never support a conservative candidate.
My downtown has installed a new form of parking meter. It is a kiosk that dispenses a paper ticket that you then put on your dash. Which means you have to get out of your car, walk to the kiosk, purchase ticket, walk back to your car, put it on your dash and then go about your way. Rather than get out of your car, put coins into a standard meter and go about your way. In addition they can 'double dip' each parking space if you leave before your purchased time has expired. The next person coming in will pay for that same spot again. Even though you have already paid for that time. Passing a paper ticket onto another person is illegal. Since installing this system, I simply refuse to go downtown. Way to go downtown businesses!
I cut my phone landline around two years ago. The only people that called me were telemarketers, surveys, politicians and my Father. My Father could learn to use my cell number. It saves my wife and I around $500 a year.
I still have a cable TV line though. Because it saves me money. I have a cable modem. I called and told the cable company I wanted to cancel my cable TV contract. I just couldn't afford it any longer. They told me that my cable modem would run me $59.95 per month alone. But if I kept my basic cable line it would be a total of $58.95 a month for both. So I get around 14 channels and save myself a $1 a month. I mostly watch the news.
I prefer to read PDFs in print. I just can't handle sitting at a computer to read a 300+ page document. So I bought myself a laserjet printer. I can get 4000 double sided copies out of a $40 ink cartridge. Staples will bind them for $3.49 as well. So, uber cheap documents that I can take anywhere and I don't need a DRM laced e-reader.
I simply have no use for this product. Or any dedicated e-reader either. Until we have right of first ownership for digital material I won't be buying any digital content. Or the device designed to use it. Plus the thought of that nice, big screen without any cover just mkaes me shiver. I can pick up a netbook for less and never worry about the screen. Jobs can kiss my rump.