The gadgets they are a-changin’… After passing on my Treo smartphone to Ray Deonandan earlier this month, I said goodbye to another dear friend this past weekend — the trusty iBook that’s been with me on all my worldly excursions since I first visited Japan in 2001.
While moving her files — some of which were definitely corrupted — over from an original Bondi Blue iMac, my iBook’s new owner made an interesting remark:
“Technology is not advanced enough for me.”
There’s a lot of everyday folks out there who undoubtedly feel the same way; the problem with that is this: These people expect their machines to work the same way they do, even though everyone’s work habits are completely different. Yeah sure, maybe one day artificial intelligence will be so advanced that an operating system can become completely intuitive with each individual user — until then, would it kill ya to learn some basic computer using skills?
Those who don’t invariably end up in a vicious cycle; because they don’t know what they’re doing they mess up their machines, and then blame their actions on the beige (or Bondi Blue) box in front of them. I call these people computer killers, and think they should only be allowed access to Internet Cafés.
Here’s hoping that my iBook doesn’t become another statistic…