Tuesday, March 29, 2011

QOTD #10 - On misusing technology

"Technology's only great when you know how to use it."
Daniel Hesse, CEO of Sprint
I see way too many people spend way too much money on way too many gadgets that they'll never manage to use in a barely effective manner, let alone master. The goal for most, sadly, seems to be acquisition, and trumpeting to others of same, and not actually using the wonder-device to improve things for themselves and those around them.

It would be easy for me to say the current volume surrounding iPad 2 (should I buy it? Should I wait in line? Should I sell my eldest child?) is prompting today's choice for this QOTD. But in reality, iPad 2 is yet another in a long line. The story always remains the same.

Your turn: What happens when the shine wears off the new wonder-gadget?

7 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I guess they go back to what they used before? As far as the Ipad, kindle, I prefer reading from a book. Tho, I heard compact digital cameras are gonna be a wave of the past.. Cell phones have camera features that are supposedly going to surpass compact digitals... Having a lot of apps on a cell scares me.. It means, more glitches, more hacking into the pc portion of the phone... Its bad enough when banks off online banking thru cell phones... No way would I add that feature... The more conveniences we have, the more problems...

Anne said...

I am mourning for my palm pilot. I still have it, it still works, still has some cool games on it that I haven't found for my phone, but I don't use it much anymore and that makes me sad. Oh well.

dean said...

New Shiny has been one of the cornerstones of our economy for.. how long? I'm not sure. A long time.

Thing is, now tech gadgets are cheap, relatively speaking, and getting cheaper all the time. An Ipad is, what, a day's labour? (I haven't checked out the price) Gadgets aren't the subject of mass consumer envy until they hit a certain price point.

Anyway, the tradeoff with this stuff is: buy now, and use the product for the next six months or year or whatever, or wait and get a better one for less at some undefined point in the future.

fredamans said...

Really how much different is the IPAD from IPAD2?

Cost.

Ankita (Gg) said...

You'd better use your mouse to keep your blog post text at the usual size... unless that one was intentional...

Kavi said...

Technology is a means. Not an end ! When it moves from means to end, it loses meaning ! :)

Mama Zen said...

What happens? My husband gives the old no longer shiny one to me so he can get the latest version for himself!