Writing technology, you are my friend. You let me write, research, edit, and communicate with an ease that past writers never knew existed.
Let me back up a bit. Writing technology varies from state-of-the-art to any-idiot-can-use-it. And I use it all. My least used bits of writing technology are, sadly, the pen and paper, but that's because I have terrible handwriting and waste more time trying to decipher the hieroglyphs on the page that are meant to be English words than proves to be useful. But, I do use them. I carry a notebook around with me, or at the very least have scrap paper and a (working) pen somewhere within reach so I can jot down notes, a line of dialogue, or a short scene idea and not risk forgetting it later on. I know some writers also use their phones to record messages to themselves if they don't have paper available. I know the iPhone and most likely other smart phones have voice recording capability (and no, I'm not talking about calling yourself from another phone and leaving yourself a voice mail, though you could do that, too.)
My tech of choice is a laptop. I use a wireless keyboard with mine because I like the gently curved configuration that's easier on my wrists and will hopefully stave off carpel tunnel for years to come. I like the portability, too. I can take it to the library with me, or when I travel somewhere. I can't do that with a desktop computer. Sadly, mine is on its way out after a good four-ish year run. I've started urging it to do what it's supposed to do, often in loud, expletive-laden tirades which, unfortunately, have no effect on its processing speed.
Technology also gives writers access to so much. We have a whole world of research at our very fingertips, when before, we'd have to trek to the library and slog through volumes of unhelpful materials before finding one useful nugget of information. The internet can even help you research your research. Yeah. Wrap your mind around that. If you're looking for information on a topic, you can look up places to find more information. It's worth looking things up, because the more real (or at least plausible) your novel is, the more people will like it. Even if it's a fantasy work, doing your research pays off. Another awesome thing: I can send my work off to Shelley in an email attachment and she can get it back to me at her usual lightening speed thanks to computers and the web. Thank you, Al Gore, for inventing the internet. We salute you.
If you're a writer, what technology do you benefit from and use? Even if you're not a writer, do you have a favorite piece of technology?