Thursday, May 26, 2011
At our local mall there is a kiosk that sells protective cases and screens for "smart" phones. They've got a big poster that says, "Screen broken? Fix it here!"
Surprisingly, getting the young fellow's attention was a challenge. Usually those kiosk guys are shouting at passer-by, doing the hard sell. This guy was too wrapped up in his own iPhone to notice the passing crowd.
When I did get his attention, and he did see the gadget, he said, "Oh, sorry. We can't get the parts for those old models any more."
"Old models?" I said. "These things were released under four years ago."
"Yeah, but we see it all the time. Touch screens stop working after a while."
"All touch screens?" I said. "On everything?"
He said, "Hey, it's like life. Things wear out and stop working."
"You're a philosopher," I said.
So...challenge accepted. Even Apple can't make a product so crappy it's unrepairable after just four years.
Monday, May 23, 2011
I know this might sound a bit Andy Rooney, but Good Grief!
I use the damn things so infrequently these days that it seemsevery time I turn one on, it sets itself so single-mindedly to attending to its computer business that I can’t seem to get any people business done.
First the antivirus starts updating, then the operating system, then when I launch any single goddamned program I’m asked if I want to update to the latest version. Heaven forbid I want to play a game. By the time they’re done downloading new “splash screens” and game data, my supper’s ready and free time’s over.
Then I realize the reason it’s grinding to a halt is it’s performing a virus scan. “Last scan performed over one week ago!” Thanks for the warning, jerk. I last turned this piece of junk on a week ago!
Even my word processor is out of date! Open Office has become something called Libre Office, and the Windows Live Writer I use for blogging just encouraged me to help Microsoft develop their products and switch my default search provider to Bing. Apparently it wasn’t happy just composing blog entries.
When I give up and shut the things down, they tell me I can’t turn them off because they need to finish installing their updates.
Tell me why I shouldn’t go back to using my typewriters again?