Today's Tech Isn't Tempting Enough

Consumers and businesses alike are sated for now. It'll take big advances -- and a healthier economy -- to get them buying again

Over the past two years, Lisette Fernandez, a 30-year-old San Francisco marketing exec, has bought a souped-up laptop, complete with CD-ROM and DVD players. She has subscribed to DSL service for ultraspeedy Net connections when working at home. She scooped up a dual-band cell phone for international travel, a Palm V handheld organizer, a CD burner she uses to record CDs at work, and a second Sony DVD player, hooked up to her TV. A self-professed "gadget freak," Fernandez says she would be lost without her technology tools.

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