Finding MobileRead: Decided that it might finally be time to buy either an iLiad or Reader, went Googling for reviews. Used a lot of feedback from here before purchasing the Reader.
Gadget: I have to have one
favorite? Since I can't remember how I came across the idea of buying my first Tablet PC, I'll settle on that I was looking for a new PDA, and by Googling found the already-discontinued Fossil Abacus WristPDA. Then Amazon supplied me with one for $35.
Second-favorite Gadget of all time: I had a little mad money left following Grad School (about $1,100 *whew, those were the days...*) and I read an ad on a flight (Skymall, I think) for the (then) Brand New Apple Newton MessagePad 2000. Hooked.
Third-favorite Gadget of all time: TRS-80, Model III. A Christmas present from my parents so many moons ago.