I'm currently following about 60 RSS feeds. Some belong to friends' blogs, some are news, some are just for entertainment and then there's a large group that have to do with electronics. In the electronics category, several of them end up talking about newly available gadgets. Seriously, it's like they know my weak spot.
ThinkGeek with their endless parade of geeky toys, DigitalPhotographyReviews with camera and lens reviews, gizmodo and techcrunch with every bleeding-edge gadget about to hit the market… All of these have the potential to cost me thousands with their eye candy. But, when all is said and done it is The Unofficial Apple Weblog that costs me the most money.
How is that possible, you ask. Camera equipment is so expensive. New gadgets cost a fortune. How is it that all others are trumped by TUAW? 3 simple words: iPhone App Store. Every day when I check Google Reader there is a fresh stream of new apps being reviewed. It's rare that in a batch of 10 new posts there isn't at least one app that I want to try out. Sure, these apps only cost a buck here or two bucks there, maybe even five bucks every now and again. But, that is the brilliance in the pricing. “Hey”, I say to myself, “it's only $2.99.” Zap. There goes three more bucks. “ohhh”, I say, “it's only $1.99” Blamo. Another two bucks.
Let's just have a look at some recent posts, shall we?
Feb 23 – Waypoints. Takes your GPS coordinates and records them and allows you to display them on Google map. Nice timing, TUAW. I'm going on a road trip in a few days. This looks like fun. Zing. $2.99
Feb 17 – Colorsplash. What's that you say? You know I'm a sucker for cool photo apps on my iPhone so you'll post yet another one that looks like fun? Okie Dokie. Zing. $1.99
Feb 17 – Lux Deluxe. Not content to keep all the fun to yourself, you send me a link to Wired Magazine's top 10 iPhone games. Hey, thanks for that! Zing. $8.00
That's just the past week. I could go on and on. But, to save myself the agony, I'll quit there. But I think you see my point.
It's too late for me, but safe yourself. Stay clear of this handy RSS feed with solid reviews and day-to-day information about Apple. They are the source of all that's evil, I tell you. Either that or it's just a really handy resource for iPhone apps. Curses!