Monthly Archives: October 2011
I loved the Acer Liquid E for about five hours.
It was cheap (for a smartphone), Android is organized in a way that’s much easier to manage than iOS and it has a few perks (like the notifications bar) that had been missing from my smartphone experience.
Again, for about five hours.
That’s how long it took for my battery to die. Which wasn’t itself a horrible thing; the 3GS had made me accustomed to charging my phone twice a day. But a funny thing happened when I plugged the phone in to charge for the first time.
It got hot. Intensely hot. Burned my daughter’s hand hot.
The tech lesson I learned that day was:
NEVER BUY ACER. Read the rest of this entry
First came the iPhone. That was my gateway drug. The 3G and I had a love hate relationship that ended with the launch if iOS 4; a bitter breakup involving much hanging of apps and screaming at “Geniuses.”
The screaming landed me a free 3GS and there was much rejoicing in the land. At least by me. For about a week. The green dragon of envy had started to rear its ugly head each time I saw a stranger lovingly stroking the iPhone 4, you see, and I had to have one.
Er…anyway. Read the rest of this entry
Sit down by the digital fire, children; I’d like to tell you a tale of the end of the world.
The conversation I’m having most often lately, and more with people who have some tech background, rather than those without, goes a little something like this:
Me:“Hey, I just found this new (insert product/service/minset towards technology here) and it’s awesome. It can do this, this and this, and it syncs up perfectly with all the trends we’re seeing with respect to the future of computing. You should try it.
Random friend with tech knowledge: ”But it doesn’t do this, and it’s not the way things have always been done and I don’t like it so FAILLLLLLLLL“
It’s an odd response, especially considering the source. Technology is, in this writer’s humble opinion, about what’s new and useful and how to get it into the hands of everyone whom it would be useful for. For people who have spent their entire lives dedicating themselves to developing or understanding technology and what it brings, to suddenly not want progress seems…
Ah, but technology is also incredibly fetishistic. The culture war between Mac fanboys and Windows fanboys1 has been ample evidence of that. No matter what their interests, people are people and people don’t like change.
But change comes whether we will it or no, and those who don’t adapt are swept away.