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    4 %
    I'm a tech-head — first in line to buy the latest and greatest.
    604 votes
    38 %
    I'll typically wait for the first wave to pass and the bugs fixed before diving in.
    5,119 votes
    40 %
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I hang on to my tech goodies for good reason.
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    18 %
    I'm still using a VCR and my late '90s flip phone.
    2,344 votes

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