I’ve just gone onto my Twitter page using my netbook, and into my favourites – to follow up on any tweets I had favouritised from my smartphone while out and about. I found a favourite that contained a link to the following web article: Aldiko: A Sleek & Customizable eBook Reader for Android. This is a short review of a nifty little Android E-Book Reader app, that I hadn’t heard of before.
After reading the review I thought I’d like to give the app a little try. I reached for my phone and was about to go into the Android App Market, when I noticed from my netbook screen that I didn’t even need to – the review poster (or the helpful people at Android and Me), had kindly included a 2D barcode. So of course I scanned it using my trusty HTC Hero and was taken directly to the download.
A bit of a pointless anecdote to relate I know, but I only mention it as just a simple, everyday example of how technology and gadge, have now become so seamlessly integrated into the everyday experience of our lives – that we don’t even give it a second thought any more. Our gadge have become extensions of us – they’re like an extra limb – and almost as useful. I love my little HTC Hero – so much so that I haven’t yet upgraded to it’s beefier big brother, the HTC Desire – mainly because I like the looks of the Hero compared to the generic smart-phone-alike looks, of the Desire. Smartphone’s are the future – Definitely! And losing mine would be like losing an arm or a leg (not really, limbless readers – but you know what I mean).
In just that simple act of discovering something new through one service ie; Twitter, on my phone and saving that info for later – then linking from that info to another site; Android and Me, and then using that little 2D barcode to link and download the app – I was in Gadge-heaven! (that’s what kind of sad git I am, but what can you do eh?)
So yeah, I LOVE gadge and technology! But here’s the thing: Gadge and Technology FUCKING HATE ME! I mean it, almost nothing ever seems to work properly for me (exaggeration, but only a bit)! In fact if I sat down and tried to work out exactly how much pleasure and enjoyment I get from technology, and weigh it up against how much annoyance, frustration and pure rage – I think it would be a pretty close run thing. Dare I say it – it may even be that it’s mostly frustration and bad times? No, surely not – that can’t be it? I daren’t, or at least – can’t bring myself to say it – even though it may actually be the truth.
So there is my dilemma. I have a love, hate relationship with technology – and I suspect I’m by no means alone in that? Except I don’t really hate it at all – I just wish it wasn’t so shit to me! Though I don’t have the time right now, I’m sure I’ll be using this site to give illustrations of my techno-rage in future (not healthy to bottle these things up, is it?)! Anyone out there have similarly conflicted technophile-ism? Comments, and especially examples of your techno-rage/love are more than welcome.
You can comment on this page, or send your more detailed views or stories of gadge love or hate, to me in an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The best ones will be published here for all to enjoy.