Forbes has published an article about our love of gadgets and picks out nine of the best ones. First on the list is Apple’s iPod. “The iPod is a handy little thing, letting you travel with a prodigious collection of music without having to endure the disarray of a stack of CDs,” writes Dennis Kneale. “But utility isn’t the point; the real point is to ascend into Apple’s elegant world. Like drivers of vintage Corvettes who stop at the same traffic light and give each other a smug thumbs-up, iPod users on the New York subway eye one another approvingly, spotting the distinctive white and tangle-prone earphones that mark another member of the club. Our faces share the same beatific look, as we get lost in sound, gleefully embracing technology that actually delivers.”