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Technology moves on, but are things better?

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Why, as technology gets more sophisticated, do the things we are prepared to accept get poorer in quality?  We buy bigger TVs with HD and cameras that produce photos of 16 mega pixels, but what do we do?  We watch stuff on tiny mobile phone screens, and photo files are so large they take forever to download.

I wish everything had stopped about 10 years ago when cameras produced pictures of 3 mega pixels max and I wasn't expected to view stuff on a 2 inch screen.  I used to get emails with photos I could work with, moving heads from one picture to another, creating the perfect group, even inserting people who weren't there at all.  Now I receive screen shows with photos 13KB in size that are no use to me.  I have to ask the sender to send me the original size file and they can never find it.

Come on people!  Use the technology you have to it's best potential!  Learn how to do something simple like sending a photo of reasonable size over tinternet.  I email photos to family and they say, "I never look at them.  I can't see them well enough on my mobile and I can't be bothered to look on my computer."

An iPod: Downloading an MP3 is nowhere near as satisfying as having a CD People these days only read "sound bytes" on Twitter.  What's the point in that!?  And they watch YouTube on their mobiles.  Who wants to squint to watch TV on a phone?

Another techno-gripe is sound quality.  Huge TV, loads of channels, but I have to use subtitles.  I've even had my hearing tested at the hospital.  They tell me it's perfect.  Well not for watching US TV it ain't!

Today's "music collections" are only transitory.  There's going to be no nostalgic music to listen to in future.  Downloading an MP3 is nowhere near as satisfying as having a CD to keep forever.

It may be handy having an Ebook in your suitcase or pocket but they can't replace the smell or feel of a favourite book, or the bar code art that a bookcase or CD collection adds to a wall.

Why are we going backwards with our technology?  It doesn't mean that because we can, we blindly should.

By: JuneyHod


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Stalag14

Stalag14

Had a meal in our local supermarket cafe today and I could not help but notice the number of "gadget zombies" present.

What the hell is wrong with people who have to play with their smartphone every few minutes?

I liken it to............. mental-finger-fidget-braindead-chewing gum.

Most apparent were a group of four teenagers opposite me who, as soon as they sat down, all four got out their smartphones and started to play with them, this went on for at least one hour at which point, having eaten, I got up and left.

The same can be seen everywhere, all age groups, on the street, buses, trains, etc.
Is it no longer possible for someone to just sit, without playing with their phone?

What the hell is wrong with people today?

Before you say "another old fart" I posses a number of gadgets myself, netbook, laptop, tablet, mainframe, Ubuntu Linux, Kahli Linux, WinXp Win7 and Android, so I am well up with todays technology.

Boblet..............I also remember "dwell angle" good point..... pun intended
Stalag14
9th Dec 14 19:33

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Stalag 14

Stalag 14

The latest fad is to sell "Joe Gullible Public" a Touchpad with (as an extra) a clip on keyboard, errrr NETBOOK anyone?
NETBOOK about £200
Touchpad with add on keyboard £400+
Do they really think the public are that daft?
Answer: yes they are.
Stalag 14
28th Oct 12 18:59

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Never Again

Never Again

The new Amozan Skamdle HaDe Foire 32 Gbyte @ £199 is one great rip off. They do not pack a charger plug with it: it costs an extra £17.99 [in USA $17.99 + sales tax or approx £12]. Why the huge difference in cost? Why does a plug cost £18?

This beast packs no pouch to keep it in. This beast will soon have a scratched screen.
As a touch screen tablet it is slower than a slug, covered with greasy finger marks.

It is does not have the full features of the previous Kindle. No 3G access.

It's operating system is clumsy. It is wholly user unfriendly.

The accessories are junk. The so-called "leather" case and stand @ £37 is complete junk.

Forget this Jabberwocky and move on,
Never Again
27th Oct 12 18:33

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Oi

Oi

Good comment. Considering how the media (and BBC I'm looking at you here) constantly harp on about this abomination, it's surprising to see that someone wouldn't be aware of what it was!

I'm willing to bet that a lot of firms have to limit access to the internet to stop these morons from endlessly posting dull boring minutia about their dull boring lives all day long and doing some bloody work which they get paid for...
Oi
10th Jan 12 21:40

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MikeP

MikeP

Is there any reason why somebody 'who works in an office and uses a PC all day long' would know what Facebook is?

There clue is in the words 'works' and 'all day long'. Facebook is a pathetic game for mindless cretins who have nothing better to do than engage in the type of voyeurism that it promotes. People who work don't have time for such frippery.
MikeP
10th Jan 12 15:05

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'Aving a laugh

'Aving a laugh

Someone at work today (who works in an office and uses a PC all day long), "What's Facebook?"
'Aving a laugh
10th Jan 12 13:29

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

artuk, I don't know if the speed of a laptop can be improved, but it's memory certainly can! On the suggestion of our "computer man" (aka the US Cavalry, always arrives when you're in dire need) I bought & installed new memory cards which increased the memory capacity of mine by 5 times. The installation was very easy.

I now have 5 complete tv series on it and can easily take it into the living room to plug into the telly; as well as loads of other stuff!
grumpyoldwoman
22nd Dec 11 08:36

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artuk

artuk

Even though I am a pensioner (almost). I embrace technology and spend many hours online, listen to radio stations and watch video from all over the World, buy the sort of stuff that I don't need to see before I buy, save many, many hours compared to years ago, ie banking, Car Tax, TV licence, no more queing for those for those things. HOWEVER, all this I do at home on a decent high speed powerful computer, laptops are poor value for money compared with a desktop pc, unless you NEED to be mobile what's the point. I download movies and books while burning two dvds watching video or listening to a radio station and processing various other files, even the best laptop would run at half the speed of my desktop and probably burn out with such a load. I have a Kindle but why are people fixated only on reading books on them. I get my books for free, keep recipes on there, download and listen to podcasts etc. However, the Kindle is rubbish at handling PDF docs and having no external memory is very limited for refence purposes, BUT it is cheap, if you want a real 'book reader' you need a Sony but that is twice the price. When I am out and about I carry a mobile phone (for phone calls !!) Mobile computing and 'smart' phones are boys toys, serious computing needs a proper pc not a miniature toy which in most cases is simply bought to impress your friends that you have a later toy than they have. I don't know anyone with a laptop that does much more than carry it around and send a few emails, which could easily wait till they got home.
artuk
21st Dec 11 23:29

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The Answer

The Answer

The answer is "No". People are not better. Technology has not improved them at all.
The Answer
21st Dec 11 08:05

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MikeP

MikeP

"I love it how some Men brag about not washing up, cleaning, ironing etc..
All it does is make those people sound stupid, useless and ignorant."
Some of us have more important things to do and we employ others to carry out these mundane tasks. You are free to live your life as you wish, but don't impose it on others.
MikeP
13th Dec 11 19:47

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Peter

Peter

I love it how some Men brag about not washing up, cleaning, ironing etc..

All it does is make those people sound stupid, useless and ignorant.

"This is another comment which is not at all based on the original gripe"

Ta ra
Peter
13th Dec 11 17:02

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MikeP

MikeP

"I bet you bully your Mrs into doing that for you then...That is if any women are actually that sad and desperate."
If you say so. You would no doubt have some knowledge of these matters.
MikeP
13th Dec 11 10:03

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MikeP

MikeP

"The only problem is that it only works if you bribe him."

I have never touched an iron or a washing machine in my life. On the other hand, I don't need to be bribed to cook, it's the only way I get a decent meal! I find washing up by hand quite therapeutic in its mindless repetitivenes, and far preferable to the gurgling and swishing of the infernal dishwashing machine which never gets things really clean anyway.
MikeP
12th Dec 11 23:57

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Stalag 14 His Missus

Stalag 14 His Missus

"If they could invent a washing machine that did the ironing too, that would be something!"

It's been done, it's called Husband.
The only problem is that it only works if you bribe him.
Stalag 14 His Missus
12th Dec 11 18:01

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

The waterproof case is a good idea Fred E, and I can see the advantages of kindles, but I still like the feel of a proper book!

They probably are much more useful than some of the stuff currently available; all the "apps" you can get for phones for example. I mean, how do I live without constant updates on the latest football scores?

If they could invent a washing machine that did the ironing too, that would be something!

I have also had a think about "People are to blame"'s comment. While I agree that companies should train their staff to use computers where necessary I also think that many things could be simplified for home users; especially as the govermnent is always banging on about older people using the net.

The instruction books start off with "this is the keyboard, this is the mouse", then get onto "download the AWD whatsit to the thingy file, input the faffle code, and dingle the dongle into the xyz port" without anything between. Private users shouldn't really have to go on a course to learn how to use them; a computer should be able to tell it's new owner how to use it.

Then there is the constant whinging "I can't open this file". The only answer to that is "you are a computer, that is a computer file, SO OPEN IT. I can open a book or a letter without having to have special instructions; so who is the clever one around here?"

I always used to say I wouldn't have one of the infernal machines until they did exactly as they're told like the ones on Star Trek!
grumpyoldwoman
12th Dec 11 17:53

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