Ah, technology. It has made life a whole lot easier in so many ways–shopping, research papers, banking, music production and so forth. However, despite easy one-click access or instant searches of thousands of references, technology can also be quite inconvenient. Here are some tech gadgets that make life harder most of the time, instead of easier.
5. Flash –
There is no secret that Apple and Adobe hate each other–or at least have a strong dislike, since no Apple product can naturally use Flash. Because of this, people who use Apple products are subject to crashes on their devices. This rift between non-Flash and Flash only makes life inconvenient for Mac and PC users (among other things).
4. GPS –
Don’t get me wrong, I love my GPS more than anything–especially since I move around a lot. However, the satellite system for most GPS gadgets aren’t very accurate, or, tend to make you go the very long route which may lead to more headaches and a lot less gas money.
3. Voice Command –
Does this ever work how it’s supposed to? Companies decided to use voice command on cellphones so that people wouldn’t have to fumble around in their Address Book while driving, however, most of these programs recognize a “John Smith” for the command “E-Mail This?” Hm, inconvenient much?
2. Auto-Correct –
This piece of technology could be a lot more convenient to use on mobile devices if the Auto-Correct words actually were the words that were intended to be spelled. Otherwise, “Lol” becomes “laurel” or “That sucks” becomes “That Suzie.”
1. Anti-Virus Software – Norton is probably the worst anti-virus software you can have on your computer, and the other “big name” anti-virus products are just as bad. If anything, they make your computer run slower and block pretty much everything down to moving your cursor the wrong way. Once your subscription service is over, the user is then plagued with pop-up’s reminding them to update their software for a “small” fee, which is usually around $60.00 to $70.00–Why do you want to pay that much for something that doesn’t really work?
Honorable Mentions: Windows Vista, RealPlayer, cheaper touch screen devices, QuickTime for Windows, automated Customer Service, online registration of classes for college and, of course, Clippy from Microsoft Word.
It is a strange thing, technology. While the developers praise that these products will make life convenient and easier, most of the time people are just frustrated and confused–Or are on the phone for an hour waiting for Customer Service to give them a vague answer for their question. Isn’t the future great?
If you would like to add your two cents to this article, comment below of your tech gadgets that make life less easier! There are countless products out there to mention.