This all reminds me of when my sister was looking for engagement rings. She spent hours looking at diamond engagement rings, but finally decided with her fiance that the ones she really liked were way too expensive. One of her friends suggested she take a look at cubic zirconia engagement rings. Cubic zirconia is a synthetic gemstone that to many people looks just like diamonds. It is crystalline, flawless, and clear enough to rate a “D” on the diamond scale for color, which is excellent if it were a diamond. Cubic zirconia also has a higher dispersion rate than diamond making it more brilliant with more sparkle. Though very attractive, critics say it “outshines” a diamond in this sense, potentially giving itself away. My sister didn’t care. Plus the price is really affordable compared to a diamond of similar size. So my sister was able to get an over-the-top engagement ring at a price her fiance could afford.

It is very nice to have so many choices but that brings me to my question. Are they really that important? We spend so much time creating and modifying something that it seems like it should be very important but I am not sure that it is all that important to begin with. I mean it is nice to be able to adjust the way your desktop looks. We all know that personalization is half of the fun when it comes to our technology but when is enough, enough? I mean it really begins to take away from the esthetic because some of the choices are so outlandish. I mean there are some down right ugly combinations that seem like they should be forgotten. It is great to be able to create something that is personal to you. Something that you identify with but sometimes we need to take a step back and look at what is happening around us while we are spending all of our time playing with all of our cool features.

You know I could literally spend all of my time trying to change the wallpaper until I found just the right picture. I could open up the color pallet and find a color I like then customize it further to make it my own. I could change the font style and size a million times but I am still not sure if I would ever come upon one combination that spoke to me so much more than all of the others. I now have a totally different outlook on the matter. I find one of the preset factory themes and put that one on. Then I spend my days doing things that actually matter in the real world rather than tinkering around with options all of the time like I used to.

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