My childhood was from about 1973 (age 6 - when strong memories first begin) to 1985 when I graduated high school. I really don't remember very many "techie" things around my house growing up. Daddy believed in spending money on cars, not gadgets. I was an adult before I ever saw a computer. However, there are two technological inventions that stick out in my mind.
First was the cassette tape. I vaguely remember my parents still using 8-track tapes when I was really young, but I made full use of cassette tapes. I had a tape recorder, and I would hold it up to the stereo speaker to record my favorite songs off the radio and onto my cassette tapes.
Now today is a different story. I love technology and I love gadgets. I have a GPS, a DVR, two desktop computers, a laptop, an iPhone, a Kindle, digital camera, an all-in-one wide format printer/scanner/fax, a scanner for my negatives, a stand-alone fax machine, a portable hard drive, an external hard drive, five cordless phones, DVD Player/Recorder, a TV/DVD player combo, a MP3 player, a speaker for my MP3 player, and probably several other items I can't think of right now. I use and love them all.
I really can't think of anything I avoid... except I have balked at spending the money on gaming systems or HiDef TV. Just don't need them... I have plenty to keep me busy!
Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog (http://wetree.blogspot.com