We are either about to undertake, or have just engaged in, massive swappage of gadgets. And that’s good. We are stimulating the economy; we are providing an indicator to industry of emerging trends; we are telling those in our circle that we love them a digital camera’s worth, or maybe even a video game console’s worth. We have stuffed stockings with flash drives; we have placed Wiis under the tree; we have thickened envelopes with big-box gift cards.
Which means that most of us are in for a lot of migraines, frustration and killing-spree fantasies over the next couple of months.