Days of Change

Techpocalypse | December 23, 2014

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had technology fail from my old VCR to my new networked storage drive. The part that’s worse is that these devices represent history, with their stored information and ability to retrieve it. In this case, my ability to “back up” kept losses to a minimum, but the disruption is significant.

I tend to consider technology not only by what it can do, but if it is convenient and reliable. The remote control television was probably the pinnacle of that standard. You could sit and change channels, you turned it on and it worked. TVs started getting smarter in the last decade and were more prone to troubleshooting instead of using.

Computers are still inconvenient. You have to know about computers at a fairly technical level to eliminate the trouble from them. Still, you end up with technology that advances faster than its reliability. Mobile devices try to be less prone to break down, but I had a “smart” phone that couldn’t work long enough to make a phone call for a couple of days.

I think we are on a path to faster, bigger, lighter and more complicated. I think technology should be unobtrusive, useful and long-lasting. I guess that’s why I don’t design technology.


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  1. technology should be unobtrusive, useful and long-lasting. — AND AVAILABLE.

    I love living in the country. But the downside is having .only satellite internet (slooow because of latency) and TV (now you see it, now you don’t). And now I have no Fox news because of DISH. I’m giving them until Jan 1 before I go back to DIRECT, also no bargain.


    Comment by Mary — December 23, 2014 @ 11:50 pm

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