If you take a look at your day from start to finish you’ll probably notice how many things harangue you throughout the day. I’ve noticed that most my stress and anger comes from electronics that are supposed to make my life ‘simpler’ and easier to manage. Now, I’ll be entirely honest: I love electronics. But sometimes, products that were supposed to chop off half my stress actually produce more. Here are five products that, in my life, aren’t worth all the hoopla they’ve been given.
IPod touch 2g
When I first got my iPod touch about a year and a half ago it was pretty new. It was only the second generation. But Apple had assured customers they’d worked out all the kinks. Wrong. The main points of the iPod/iPhone are to simplify ones life. With its calendar and nifty reminder system you’ll never miss another meeting, birthday party or clothing sale. That is of course if you have the 5-7 minutes it takes to program a reminder into your calendar. Setting up your email was also supposed to be easy. But no matter how many times I’ve wasted my time trying to set it up, my mail icon still doesn’t work.
And I haven’t even mentioned yet how often I almost sent my computer sailing through the wall when iTunes refused to sync my music, apps or video. Not to mention all the updates Apple insists your iPod needs. At first I ignored them. Until my iPod started getting cocky and decided it would ‘quit functioning’ until I gave in and got the update. And of course to make me madder, the update completely wipes my iPod clean of any songs, pictures and other data I ever owned. Quite frustrating. And Apple talks of the updates leaving your iPod in ‘store condition’ as if it’s a good thing. All in all, I love my iPod touch. When it works. But to sum it up, this has made my life more stressful, taken more of my time and hardly ever actually made my life more convenient or easier.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my PS3. But one of its ‘convenience’ features was the Internet hookup. You can supposedly browse the Playstation store, watch YouTube videos and even look up emails and the latest news. They advertise that with all the features the Playstation has, it’s the only appliance you’ll need for gaming, social networking etc. Needless to say, I wouldn’t know. Because my Playstation does no such thing. I’ve tried multiple times to hook my Playstation up to my Wi-Fi. Each time it’s worthless. It may connect but I can never load a YouTube video, the Playstation store always crashes (if it even loads) and it always denies my email and other sites login passwords, insisting that my password is somehow incorrect. Every time. So, let’s just say I still own all my other devices to watch videos, check email and browse stores.
It’s amazing how we live in the 21st century, the electronics age, and yet we can’t make a decent GPS that knows where it’s going. Now, GPS systems are supposed to map out the easiest and quickest routes for your trips. As long as there’s no country roads, no construction, not more than three exits and as long as you pull over every time your GPS is ‘recomputing’. Let’s just say, that not everywhere I travel is completely inhabited entirely. So I hear the ‘recomputing’ a lot. And sometimes it just quits telling me where to go. It’s just a blue line with an arrow pointing down the never-ending highway. But one of the most annoying things that happened to my family and me is one we’ll likely never forget. We were taking an extensive road trip and we put into the GPS to point out the nearest restaurants. Granted it was supposed to stop chiming every time we passed a restaurant once we exited the town. Not so. All throughout the returning trip we heard the chime every time we passed through an area with a food chain. And programming a destination is no charm either. It takes practically a whole hour just to get the GPS to figure it out. So it’s just another thing that made my life more stressful and takes more time.
Automatic Candle Lighter
I understand not wanting to burn your fingers off trying to light a little candle, or go through the aggravation of breaking match after match in attempt to keep a steady flame. And with this little rectangular box that ‘lights’ candles, your life is supposed to be simplified. No more running out of flame before the candles on the cake are all lit. But I always find myself going back to the old fashioned matches. Because I spend more time continually clicking the little ‘light’ button on the lighter as opposed to just striking a match. Seemed like a good idea for the few times it works.
First off, I’ve never liked the idea of being chased around my house by a vacuuming circle. Especially for the pretty penny it costs. Vacuuming robots are meant to simplify your life by cleaning up dirt and debris while you watch TV, go to work etc. basically, you’re supposed to be able to just turn it on and watch it go. But it can’t go everywhere. It’s inevitable. It can’t go down stairs, can’t go anywhere near water or pets and so on. So you have to set up infrared lasers to set an invisible barrier to tell the vacuum to turn around and keep on cleaning. But it takes more time to set up the lasers, put gates on your stairs and clean up all strings or anything else that could possibly gunk up your $200 appliance. I find it a pain.