Gadgets that are a burden
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If you were one of the many peeved iPhone users who had to fork over cash for an adapter that would connect your old Apple accessories to your new phone – and then more money for a separate adapter to update your now-obsolete iPod dock – you understand how annoying it is to receive a fancy new item that requires another purchase or a technological overhaul of your setup simply to be useful. So for instance, purchasing the new TiVo Mini to replace your dad's crappy cable DVR seems generous, but it also means he'll need to sign a two year–long monthly subscription deal. The same goes for satellite radio. Don't give someone the cart before the horse, or your giftee has to buy the horse himself.