I haven’t written anything in quite a while, so I thought I would post something just so everyone knows I’m still at it.
Monday’s comic “Over Reliance” is kind of interesting when you think about it. Take a look around you and make note of all the things that are computerized or electronic. Do they really need to be as high tech as they are. For instance, sitting on my desk right now is a computerized label maker with a USB interface and a full qwerty keyboard, I’m sure it wasn’t cheap. Yet, all this machine does is print letters on a white sticker. Why does it need a USB interface? Why does it need an over sized LCD display?
I remember when I bought my first palm pilot, I think it was the first one that palm made with a color display. It was advanced for it’s time and back then it seemed like a great piece of technology but, now as I look back and think about it there was so many things I couldn’t do with it. your really couldn’t transport files with it because you needed the sync cradle. It didn’t play music, only had a few mildly amusing games, note taking on it was far too slow. So this $250 piece of equipment now became a glorified address book and alarm clock.
In the end most gadgets turn out to be nothing more than flashy… well, gadgets. I find that I don’t even use a usb flash drive anymore. If I need to move files I just do it over the Internet/network. Though, I will admit that I sometimes find myself looking at flash drives in the store and thinking “If only it was a little bit bigger, I might find a use for it.”