I am not an early adapter when it comes to technology. I avoided getting a cell phone far longer than most, especially those in finance and markets. I just did want to be that accessible. Once I got one, I stuck with just a basic phone for years. I did not need to play games, take pictures or get email on my phone as far as I was concerned. The only reason I ever got a flat screen TV was because my daughter was working for Shaper Image when they filed for bankruptcy and she got me one for the price of dinner and drinks at the corner pub. I eschewed GPS technology, finding my way around like all my male predecessors and driving around until I figured out where I was. I wrote bills by hand, put stamps on the envelope and went to the post office. As far as I was concerned the old ways were good enough for me. The only electronic service or store I used with any regularity was the Internet and Amazon. Then it happened -- I got a tech-savvy girlfriend. She immediately had me upgrade to a Blackberry touch-screen phone with bells and whistles that I am still trying to figure out. She took one look at my desk and almost passed out at the Luddite clutter. My kids helped as well. Being twenty -somethings, they do not call -- they text. They do not email, they leave messages on Facebook. The idea of a stamp strikes them as nostalgic and somewhat antiquarian on Dad's part. Between my kids and girlfriend, I am now a hi-tech guy. I pay my bills online. I send text messages. I even have a Facebook page. It all sets the stock guy in me to thinking about how reliant we have become on technology. Not only is it a tool, it is the new entertainment and I think this will become an ever-more dominant theme in the future. Naturally it occurs to me there has to be a way for us to make money at this. As a value investor, I spend a lot of time thinking about what businesses I want to buy when the market gives me the opportunity. Since I am in the camp that says we are going to see much lower prices before the year ends, exploring the idea of what type of tech stocks to buy is time well spent from my point of view.