My most important piece of gadgetry acquired this week resulted from Mark's post Geotagging way back in September 2008. I'd logged it away all this time but matters were brought to a head a few weeks ago when I realised that I couldn't place a photo I'd taken and not labeled. So I bought a Sony GPS-CS3KA. Basically by coordinating the time on my camera and the GPS and keeping the GPS with me when taking photos I can insert the memory card with the photos on into the unit and it will embed the location on the photos. When they are downloaded onto the computer that information appears in the file's information. It can then be used to show the location in Google Maps. I think it is going to be one of the most useful gadgets I've got.
However even this pales into insignificance in the surprise stakes for me when I set up the wireless HP Photosmart B111 printer/copier/scanner which Apple were selling for £90 with a £70 cashback. Although I have a plethora of printers acquired over time for various reasons the idea of getting rid of more wires from the study was too great for me to resist at the give-away price of £20. I can always find a home for a spare printer or two. When I set the printer up I noticed that it had its own email address. Eh?? Why would a printer want an email address? Answer: so that you can email it. I have discovered (and it really works) that if I email something (including an attachment) from my phone or a computer to the printer wherever I am in the world it will print out on the printer. That really amazed me. It means that anyone visiting with their laptop (and plenty of my guests do bring a computer) can just print things out without having to download drivers or go through my computer on the network. This is especially useful for visitors during the winter when I and my computer are not here anyway.
The next bit of technology has bitten the dust already! I bought a diffusing fragrancer for the bathroom. It was on half price offer. It has batteries and when you go into the bathroom and stand within range it sends up a little spray of fragrance. Unfortunately at the same time (and apparently intentionally) it makes a noise like an asthmatic cat on dope. At 4am or 6am or, in fact at any time at all, that is calculated to shorten my life by 10 minutes. Having lost several hours of life expectancy I decided that this was one gadget too many.