I have a hotmail account. There are many things I do not like about hotmail such as its slow performance, probably a consequence of the bandwidth lack here in the hinterland, how it has gotten where it fights you when you want to shut it down, which indicates to me why young bogs keep it open all the time, and how when you do get it to shut down you get routed to the MegaHard news page, which is overladen with intellectual sewage and unwanted demands on bandwidth. Also entirely too much artificial celebrity nonsense.
By now it should be evident that I prefer an email client to working in a browser. But I still have to check my browser-mail accounts since I use them so little that I don;t trash up my box with the agony of getting my email client to pander to their client requirements. As a result this morning, as I was closing the web page of MegaHard mind stercus, I noted an article entitled “10 things not to buy in 2010″. [Link] The article purports to describe a list of ten extincting technology dinosaurs and that rather naturally piqued my attention direction.
The number of items on the list is patently a journalistic ploy. If there were only ten such behemoths some mention would have to be made, even by a journalist, of the fact. So the selection of ten has more to do with filling space and attracting attention than any real substance of information. Nonetheless, we plunge on into dissecting the list:
DVDs I still purchase DVDs for the simple reason that, being an Old Retired Flatulence, I tend to watch old movies that are not often offered by the subscription services. This is reinforced by a perception that movies are not near as good today as they used to be.
Home telephone service I have a home with a metal roof. Until I install cellular phone repeaters inside my house, cellular coverage is spotty. Hence, I still have land line service. Besides, why should I pay for repeaters? That should be done by the cellular provider; after all, I pay enough for the service.
External hard drives This is another matter of an on-line service. Being an ORF, I have delusions of privacy, unlike the GEN Y bogs. More importantly, I distrust that which I cannot control, and these on-line services are resoundingly in that bin. Also, do I really want some corporation having more control of my existence? And external hard drives are cheap to someone who used to pay as much for megabytes and we now pay for gigabytes!
Smart-phone also-rans This is one example where I am both perplexed and henpecked, if I may use the term. Until I retired my cellular phone was provided by my employer for security reasons. When I retired FD SCP got me a cellular phone. I still have this phone and it is terrible. Entirely too SMALL! So the issue of smart versus pseudo-smart is totally irrelevant.
Compact digital cameras This s more about GEN Y ignorance than anything else. Those of us who grew up with film cameras and made the transition in adulthood to single lens reflex film cameras, went directly to digital SLR when digital cameras came out. I only recently bought one of them dinky eBrownies, as I call them, probably unintelligibly to GEN Y, so I could have something to carry in my pocket all the time. And I forget it a lot. So chalk this one up as the ORFs being ahead of the children.
Newspaper subscriptions I still subscribe to The Arab Tribune, and I will till they go all electronic. I gave up on The Huntsville Times when they got where they couldn’t get people to deliver more than 0.5 of instances. So when you expect seven papers a week and get three, that is a sign of incompetence. But yes, newspapers are declining mostly because of age gap. This is shaping up to a major kerfuffle since the news the GEN Y are getting, and myself courtesy of RSS feeds, is paid for by the subscriptions and when they go away? As Robert Heinlein said in The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, TANSTAAFL.
CDs I still buy CDs. Same basic reason as DVDs. Don;t trust the download services. Want something I can hold in hand. And most important, the music I listen to isn’t on those services. “And I don’t like anyone very much!”
New college textbooks Textbooks have always been the biggest social injustice of our academic environment. The law of supply and demand requires that textbooks be expensive and the more useful they are, the higher their cost. Going used, or even electronic will not change this. The only way it gets changed is if the academic world embraces self-publishing and open source so that the textbook publishers can be rendered extinct. Blame this one on rampant capitalism, not social evolution.
Gas-guzzling autos Hate to tell you this but the nerds have been foretelling this for years and the bogs have been ignoring it. (Maniacal Laughter!)
Energy-inefficient homes and appliances This is same as above. The difference is that we aren’t going to go around tearing down heat leaky houses to build new ones. It don’t work that way given the financial system we have had since the end of the Middle Ages. Ditto for appliances. So chalk this one down to the journalist who wrote the article ran out of real steam and needed a fog padding, which this is.