People always say that things change for the better. I beg to differ. Advanced technology is fine, but at the rate new technology emerges from the depth of some super genius' brain, it is getting to be quite a pain.
I recently read the Hitchiker's guide to the Galaxy. It was a pretty enjoyable book. Oh well, that's an understatement... i enjoyed the book immensely, but since that is not what this post is about, I shall leave it at that. What caught my attention was a sentence from the book which more or less stated that humans (or earthman) were fascinated by digital watches. Digital watches! That was ages ago... It was quite alright for the author to mention digital watches at that time, because the digital watches remained pretty much unique for some time which eventually enabled the book to become famous and remain so till today. But what if someone decided to write a book today concerning the latest technology, say 3G phones... sooner or later they'd get dated, and by the time the book gets published... those reading it might wonder why was the author so backdated.
It's maddening how your PC or laptop becomes outdated within months... It's annoying when your newly bought cellphone (extremely up to date at the time of purchase) gets replaced by some new technology no one could have dreamed of just a few months back. Or you're holding back on your purchase of a digicam because the megapixels keep getting higher and higher and you're wondering what the limit could be.
November 07, 2005