Living with Computers
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Computers have rapidly evolved to become more powerful, more mobile, and more integrated with our daily lives.
Firstly, as 'geeks' and 'nerds' build speed and capacity into our daily use of computing, we are coerced into living on a tread-mill from which there is no escape.
The result: New platforms + new operating systems + new software + evolving means of inputting and extracting 'value' leads to shortened useful life-span for whichever technology you are plugged into.
Secondly, some elements of 'advance' have become commoditised and ubiquitous (in other words, "cheap as chips"), such as components like memory chips and disc-drives, basic keyboards, printers (watchout for the sting in the tail that is ink). But, the core technology that houses the processing power keeps changing, and just in case you think you can hold onto your computer or mobile phone forever, the manufacturers withdraw support for older models. And that leads to ramped-up expense.
It offends me that a 'mature' technology should bring with it so many examples of stress, unnecessary expense, and confusion. I am regularly reminded by cries for help from friends that our relationship with computing is not stable nor is it 'mature'. What most people want is for computing to become 'ordinary', like its users. 'Geeks' may like the challenge of getting to grips with 'front ends' of the latest Microsoft Office, Windows 8, or Google Chrome and 'cloud applications'.
Because I am an offended 'geek', this "soap-box" exists to point out ways in which we can remain "ordinary" - technology should be left safely out-of-sight for 80% of users. Seemlessly delivering the level of engagement that the user chooses. In short KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) - you know it makes sense.
All that said, I am looking forward to the evolution of scaled-up plastic electronics, power storage that doesn't rely on scarce elements like lithium, graphene bonding and substrates.... enough!