I warned you, yes I did… so get ready for the boooooorrrrrring!
Here we go again, me and my big mouth complaining about the neatest thing since sliced bread right? Not in my opinion.
Boy, have I become spoiled. Well, maybe not spoiled, but maybe I am just overwhelmed.
What do I mean by that? Well, let’s look at what the average person who is connected via the internet and social networks compared to what it was like years ago.
Back in the day, there was email for sure, and at times that could be overwhelming, but manageable! In 1998 I would receive at the most 900 new emails a day at work. And at one time I would receive about half of that through my personal email.
Content on the internet consisted mostly of pictures and text, some audio… but video and streaming was just finiding it’s place, and most people didn’t have enough bandwidth to consume that level of information.
Social media, or social networking was in it’s infancy. It wasn’t so much in your face. Now it has become the nucleus of pretty much everything. I get to know what my friends read on news web sites (whether I care or not, but I’m sure there is a privacy setting or something to change to stop that. I just haven’t spent the time chasing it down.) And the worst part of all of the content on the internet is that it’s now subject to advertising… and hey, this blog is too. But when you are watching something, it would be nice to have LESS advertising wouldn’t it?
So why do I think my iPad is boring? Well, it’s just a consumption device. I already have TVs, Computers and Radios, iPod… Books and such. If I think about it, there really is no reason anyone should *NEED* to have an iPad. Do use it all the time? Sure. Why, if I use it all the time is it boring? I’m not quite sure where I was infected with the “I gotta get me an iPad” virus, but I’m sure advertising had a little bit to do with it.
You can do so much with the iPad, and you can, maybe it’s just less than what I’m used to using when it comes to computing. I have this attachment called a keyboard that’s really something that I like to interface with. Call me old fashioned, but that’s the way I roll.
Maybe I’m just suffering the effects of mid-life crisis as my wife likes to tease me about. I don’t know what most people consider mid-life, but 100 years is what my goal for mid-life is (yes, I want to live to be 200!)
So, I’ll continue to plug along and try to not see the internet and iPad as so boring… hell that sounds boring itself!
I think I figured it out. There is no amazing thing we are all waiting for, or at least I’m not waiting for it anymore. There is no new technology that is guaranteed to change your life, make things better blah blah blah. We can get pretty much all that we want, when we want it (well almost, sometimes you gotta save up to get it, but it is available mostly.)Where are the brave new frontiers? Damn… it all makes sense now.