Davey

GPS. I've been slow to adopt, too, but now that I've seen it in action, I'll have to have it.

Satellite radio. Ditto.

Margaret H.

I am a late adopter, too - but one advance in service/technology that I am all over is Zappos.com and shoe shopping over the internet.

The whole "ship to your office with no shipping charges out or on the return" is just absolutely brilliant. If you have specific shoe tastes, hate shopping in real stores, are perpetually short on in free real life time or take a size shoe that isn't something that is stocked in great variety in stores, then Zappos is going to seem like shoe manna from heaven to you.

The price guarantee is awesome, too.

Casey

I tend to adopt quickly but find myself wishing I would have waited. However, one thing I could've live without would be my SmartPhone, the Motorola Q. There are a lot of options out there (Treo, Blackberry, iPhone, etc.) that combine a PDA and a phone but I have to say, having a detailed calendar and a telephone all in one, compact package, helps me make my meetings and not miss my calls. If you're an e-mail addict like some of us, you can even check that, too.

Toni

This isn't new technology but I doubt many have one--and with your family you need it--the all-in-one washer/dryer:
http://www.lgwasherdryer.com/

Or better still, the oven that refrigerates so you can start the meal later in the day (even by internet).
http://www.tmio.com/

W2

Noise Cancelling Headphones. Especially for someone that flies a lot, these can make a world of difference.

DaveKCMO

I was slow to adopt DVDs because I was still clinging to my LaserDiscs.

John

HDTV!

smperk

You probably already have it, but I order at least 2 times a month from Amazon, and ordering Amazon Prime is worth it to me. I held off for a while, but since having it, the shipping is free and in 2 days!

Davey

Netflix.

A laptop.

Docking station for your iPod.

Bluetooth headset for your cellphone.

VoIP.

gMail, for the storage capacity alone.

Wireless anything.

Fuel cell powered car.

Anti-gravity suit.

Phaser. (Hey, I'm just trying to get a freebie!)

Oh, and let's not forget, full-feed RSS.

James

My, my... you invited the shills into the comment party and they're being distasteful. Anyone mentioning a brand here may not have your best interests at heart, Steven.

That said, my mobile phone with a higher resolution camera makes a huge difference in my life. Give up on the 2MP muck.

Davey

By the way, it's funny that so many folks think they are getting free shipping from these different companies. You probably think your employers match your tax withholding, too.

Marcy

You've got Tivo and wireless in your home so now you need to give up Netflix (or Blockbuster) and use Amazon Unbox. You can order movies or TV shows from your Tivo or from your computer via Amazon. To try it out go to Amazon and search for "Amazon Unbox" or on your Tivo:
Go to Find Programs -> TiVoCast -> Amazon Unbox to browse top sellers and new releases. Or go to Find Programs -> Swivel Search to search for a specific title.

http://tivo.com/mytivo/domore/movieandtvdownloads/index.html

Timothy Uruski

It's not hardware, but I couldn't make it through the day without RSS, and by extension podcasts. If you go to the gym or have a long commute to the office, podcasts are better than radio (in my opinion). You can pause the show and resume it later if you like, and most apps will throw the file out when you're done listening. RSS feels help me stay on task at work by automatically checking for updates to my most-read sites every few hours, rather than me idling away the day checking sites manually.

RK

I agree with Margaret (comment #2) - I've been using zappos.com for years. I can't believe more people don't know about it, what with their great selection, free shipping and returns, and price guarantee. I always order two sizes of each pair I'm getting and then return the one that doesn't fit. Infinitely better than going shoe shopping!

Something I love is bzzagent.com - it is a free program that lets you be an early adopter for new products, websites, and services in exchange for your telling your friends about it. Free marketing for the company, free early adopter status for you!

Jim Podolak

I have been thinking about getting a car with an automatic transmission. I hear they are easier to drive.

Garrett

Google RSS, with feeds to technorati, gizmodo, techmeme and a few other early adopter sites. Thumbing through these in your free time will show you all of the upcoming tech trends and why they will change your life. Keep it up for a week and I promise you'll know more about tech then you ever wanted to.

Or get a Wii, god that thing is fun.

Allison

These are a bit late but Bluetooth, especially for your cell phone. It makes driving and talking on the phone safer and they finally have some comfortable headsets out. And USB Memory sticks, a HUGE improvement on CDs and floppy disks.

Thinker

TEXT MESSAGING

Text messaging made no sense to me. The keyboard used (either a cell phone or a PDA's) is inadequate for the task. It is short - only 160 some odd characters. It can't attach documents or pictures. Why did I need this thing when I have email; a blackberry; and a million other foolish ways to reach me.

Turns out I was just all wrong and you need this.

1. IF you have kids - it is the best way to keep in contact with them. IF you have teenagers, it is how they'd rather speak to you. In an funny way - it is an intergenerational icebreaker.

2. Professionally - people like to text. It isn't as disruptive as sitting at an email. IT is immediate. It is FAR less disruptive than a cell call.

3. There is a funny efficiency in being freed from the rules of grammar. Whereas "R U Red-D 4 Lnch" would be horrific in an email - it is acceptible in a text.

4. Finally - it replaces in many cases not emails -but cell calls. It is easier to find out "R U Here?" from a text in a noisy train station than to actually make the call.

Steven - you need text messaging even though you dont' know why.

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Rick

It's not only important to understand the technologies you want to adopt. Also the technologies you want to divorce. For example, I moved to the city and gave up owning a car. When you live in an environment with rich transportation alternatives owning a car is a hassle. Now when I need to drive I rent. No more tickets, upkeep and parking hassles. Once you got your IPOD did you start downloading and give up your CDs ?

Davey

iPhone. I hear you can get a deal on them now.