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by Charles Slat
"Whether they're cell phones, laptop computers, video games or HDTVs, we Americans love our gizmos.
Although the cost of electronic wizardry is falling, the Consumer Electronics Institute recorded an 8.2 percent increase in sales for 2007, totaling $161 billion. And that's projected to rise another 6.1 percent this year.
About $2.2 billion in HDTVs were sold this year alone in advance of the Super Bowl.
At our house, we have our share of technology. During that heavy snowfall last week, two of my kids came home from school and cozied up in front of the computer while I fruitlessly tried to keep snow from piling up on the porch and steps outside.
After nightfall when the snow slackened, I did some cross-country skiing on a little trail cut through the small meadow out back. It was one of those nights when the snow had blanketed whiteness and silence over everything, muffling distance sounds and amplifying closer ones.... "
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