I can deal with the story of the tipsy moose a little better than the Tsunami Zone sign.
Now there is a thought worth remembering. The next time I am on a beach and find out that a Tsunami is coming, I should evacuate.
This is also an interesting story, How Technology Almost Lost the War. It is in Wired Magazine. The conclusion is that people are just as important as technology if not more important even in winning wars.
I doubt I would be classed as a Luddite since my upstairs office sports three computers, but I am beginning to question how far we will allow ourselves to be dragged down the road of non-essential technology.
By the way, I think networked warriors are pretty good idea.
Back in September I wrote the post, Technology that I'm not certain I need. It is about the keyless switch on our Toyota Avalon. I still hate it, and wonder about the usefulness of a GPS that even my front seat passenger cannot use.
We have now had three Bodum Coffee makers, none of which have lasted much more than their one year warranty.
Maybe I am old fashioned, but I like to think that if I spend $100 or more on a coffee pot that it might ought to be around for more than a year. If the technology requires replacement or fixing every year, I might rather do without it.
It's not like I have been brewing moonshine in it.
Or using the doors on my wife's Toyota too much.
The non-user replaceable batteries gave out in a year or so on the keyless entry to the Toyota.
On top of that last night's Dallas-Greenbay game was not on television because of some stupid battle over how to wring more money out of the consumer.
We have some HD television sets and recently got a notice that the ones which have cable cards will no longer be able to see certain HD TV channels without a cable box. We paid more for the card capable televisions because we did not want the boxes in the bedrooms. This comes on top of them telling us that our introductory rate is now over and our rates have gone up $20 per month.
It's not going to take much more to make me start looking for a substitute for cable television. In fact as soon as there is a better technology for accessing the web than cable modems, I am gone from cable TV even if I have to put up rabbit ears.
As long as I am flogging technology that we might not need, I should mention that I found this article last night, Leopard is the New Vista....
The article complains about the problems with upgrading to Apple's Leopard.
Operating systems have gotten to the point of being extremely complex. With the wide variety of software and hardware, even a closed system like Apple's is impossible to roll out without some problems. In 2005 I faced some amazing problems on one of my systems when I upgraded to Tiger, Apple's "World's greatest operating system."
Yesterday in an email to a friend who works at Microsoft, I offered the following advice.
Step back and throw all your energies into making what you have got on the market better and faster. Be relentless about improving the speed of booting, the reliability of wireless, and the ease of printing. Ignore the push for more features.
As I remember helping one of my colleagues in real estate yesterday solve a technology problem, I have to think that is good advice.
She has had a "Smart Phone" which has driven her crazy for almost a year.
Now she just wants a cell phone that works and email that works on her computer.
I have seen no sign that the people who use smart phones are any better at getting their jobs done.
I will trade waiting a few minutes for a response for someone who will give me their full attention when interacting with me instead of pulling their smart phone out of their pocket to see who is sending them an email.
The last thing we need is something with more features. Just give us things that work. You can include politicians in that list of things that should just work but don't.
I also have a blog that I call Our technological infirmity. There are a few posts there that might be of interest about technology's interference with our lives.