You're probably saying who the hell is Sam Grobart? And you're right. Who the hell is Sam Grobart and why the fuck are people all over his Op-ed piece entitled Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not).
Don't bother reading it I can summarize it for you in one line: Throw out all electronics you depend on and only use a smart phone. Oh and if you don't have one go buy one. Also fork over an additional $30 per month for the internet connectivity that your cell provider will charge you.
1. I like my desktop. It's upgradeable. I can easily replace bits and pieces as they die. Myself. Let's see you do that with your laptop.
2. High speed? Baby I had high-speed before anyone else. I had cable in 98. I had FIOS when it first came out. What's so brilliant about telling people to keep a service they depend on? That's like saying "Air. Keep breathing it." Duh.
3. Cable TV. Only look at it when I'm not on a computer. Which is never.
4. Point and shoot camera. I like mine, it has great battery life. Good quality. Tracking and movie features only found in the expensive phones. Why would I get rid of something that can hold a crapton of JUST pictures without eating into my music space?
4. Camcorder. A what? Never owned one personally.
5. Thumbdrive. Probably the most moronic recommendation of all. WHAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A NET CONNECTION SAMMY WHAT DO YOU DO THEN? DICTATE? Thumbdrives have saved my keister more than once, especially when I needed to load a new NIC driver. Stupid recommendation. Fast, efficient, great backup for key files when your system shits. Not all meeting rooms have systems with an internet connection. Clearly you never had to give a presentation.
6. Music player. I like mine. It's the size of my thumb. I can exercise with it. Which I can't with my phone.
7. Alarm clock. Yeah. Whatever.
8. GPS. I keep it in my car so I don't forget it. It's cheap and I don't care if it gets stolen. Unlike, say, my phone.
9. Books. Don't even go there, you'd lose.
Basically Sam got a sweet little kickback from Apple for this piece. He wants you to believe that all you need is love and an iPod. And trust me, you'll be needing a lot of love once you drop in the toilet by accident and that iPod and it becomes an iRock along with all your photos, music, and directions on how to get home...