There are some tech achievements that are worth boasting about: completing Mass Effect 2 or reflashing the BiOS on your laptop, for instance. Maybe. However, for the following, you’d really be better advised to keep schtum…
1. You’ve queued to buy any gadget on launch day
Pre-ordering would have seen it drop through your letter box the very next morning, but you just had to be among the first to touch this god-given gear. We trust that 24-hour tech headstart was well spent… No, thought not.
2. You own an HD TV but no HD source
You’re reading T3, which means you like technology. So why don’t you own a Blu-ray player yet? Or Sky HD? Is it because watching standard-def footballers on a 50-inch LCD reminds you of better days spent playing FIFA 97? What’s that? You “can’t tell the difference between DVD and Blu-ray”? For shame.
3. You have albums on more than two formats
T3’s Operations Editor Duncan Bell owns David Bowie’s Station to Station on cassette, vinyl (twice), CD – four CDs actually, including the original, the one with bonus tracks, the 16-bit remastered one and 2010’s re-remastered one – surround sound DVD-A, and remastered vinyl. Which version does he listen to? An AAC rip, of course.
4. You’ve misused the railway ’s electricity supply
So non-diligent have you been about keeping your mobile or laptop battery charged, you must resort to using the plug sockets on commuter trains. This involves scrabbling around on the floor by the doors of your packed carriage, then standing there with a cable snaking from the “Not for public use” socket to your hand. Smooth.