Bored bored bored
Has anyone been really bored with the tech/gadget/cloud scene lately? The only things that ever seems to come up are Win7/iPhone/Google. Who cares? Everything is so ho-hum.
Let’s take Win7. It’s Vista two years late. Maybe a little faster if you read the right article, maybe a little slower. There’s really no compelling reason to upgrade if you’re already using Vista. If you’re using XP, then you should be upgrading just because you’re using an OS that’s 8 years old. That’s like 192 in PC years. There’s so little that’s new in the OS space that the critics are praising something that Microsoft should have done right two years ago. Are our standards so low that we now heap manna onto anything that looks even remotely good? (This would go a long way towards explaining Obama’s Nobel prize.) Where’s the spark? Why don’t we have 3-D control surfaces? Where’s my Minority Report OS? How come we’re not using the Zion docking station interface from the Matrix Reloaded? How old is the mouse? And it’s still our primary interface to the computer?
And don’t get me started on the iPhone. Yea, it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. Yea, it’s elegant and faster and better designed than anything ever put out by a mobile company since the invention of the telephone, and yea it’s leaving everyone in the dust. But it’s also annoyingly behind the curve. We got all excited with cut/paste when that’s been around since what – Windows Mobile 1? We were overjoyed that the latest/greatest iPhone offers voice dialing when my Motorola RAZR did that five years ago, and did it better. And don’t even get me started on MMS. It’s a pathetic statement on the level of innovation in the industry that everyone is trying to catch up to Apple – god forbid anyone try to surpass it. Even the Palm Pre, hailed savior of the non-iPhone crowd, is basically toast. Palm is too small and too poor to make the Pre anything other than a niche product.
But size alone won’t help – look at Google. Gimondo company with scads of cash and they can’t get Android 1 to match iPhone 2G. Let’s face it folks – if your first attempt isn’t as good as Apple’s first iPhone, the chances of you actually beating Apple are slim to none. And having 20 different models of phones selling the same OS isn’t really going to help you in the minds of the consumer. Anyone remember a horror called Windows Mobile? (Oh wait, that’s right it’s still around. Windows Mobile is like a zombie – you keep blowing off pieces of it but it just won’t die.) Say what you will about Apple’s desire for utter control – you only have to make TWO decisions when you buy an iPhone. What color and how much storage. THAT’S IT. Contrast that with an Android or WinMo phone. Want a keyboard? How much storage? Do you care about needing a dongle? Want to use it for business? Plan to play music? Studies have shown that people just start shutting down when they’re offered too many choices. It’s the big secret about our society – a sea of choices and we go for the one at eye level.
Finally, the cloud. Cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud. Let’s be real here folks – the cloud ain’t the savior of mankind. Yes, I rely on Google for everything. But when Google craps out, what right do I have to complain? I use all their free services. I have ad blockers on my browsers so I don’t see the ads that pay for the free stuff. I write and keep tons of email but I’ve yet to hit 10% of the free space Google gives me. You can’t complain about free, people. Don’t like it? Stop using it. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. If you choose to make your life dependent on a free service, you can’t complain when that free service goes away or changes. Suck it up. And for all the creative stuff going on with the cloud, 90% of America won’t be using it. And 99% of the world will definitely not be using it. Can you imagine trying to explain Google’s Wave to your parents? How about a farmer in Bangladesh? Heck, I can’t even imagine explaining it to my peers and they’re pretty tech savvy. Maybe my kids will surf Wave like it’s a second skin but I’m doubting it.
So yea. Bored Bored Bored. Even CES isn’t looking like it’s going to be a ton of fun.