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The Digital Age. by Ken Dunn on 19 October 2013 9:49am
 
Does anyone think the digital age is a bit of a con? My reason for thinking so is that systems that work fine stop working after the 'controllers' press a few buttons or 'make it better' with upgrades or so called improvements.

A few examples of this are:

1) Digital TV. They press a few buttons to rearrange the channels and some channels you enjoyed disappear or reception worsens. Retuning only ensures the terrestial channels remain good on digital.

2) Over a month ago BT informed us our online BT was changing. They sort of changed it and it didn't work properly so they reinstated the old system which is still working OK. The 'new' system was not as easy to use as the old one.

3) See Internet Trash.

4) Obsolete hardware regularly makes us think about having to buy a new computer. Fortunately for me I am not obsessed by computing or the internet so if some parts of it stop working on our machine I don't care.
A good example of this is High Definition video. This is a useless facility on a small monitor.
Some websites we use regularly tell me I need the latest Flash version to view some video or other. I don't care that our machine is incompatible with it and I ignore the website/content requiring it.
 
Re: The Digital Age. by Lounge Trekker on 19 October 2013 5:04pm
 
Heh heh, don't let the mis-information age bring you down, Ken.

I embrace the available possibilities and use them as best I can with as little input as possible. I have a hand-me-down computer I keep limping along with and it has limitations but easily does the basic communications I need, plus more. I have my computer plugged into my stereo and have all the music available on playlists that can be exported to disc or mem-stick to be played anywhere else including my car stereo. I waited a long time for the features I need in an affordable car stereo. It plays cd's, mp3 cd's songs at random, internet radio, usb input g's of music if I had it, and my iPod. One mp3 cd can play 150 songs.

That is a huge improvement the digital age has made available to us. Mp3 music has changed my life. I don't listen to alla the 50 year old stuff other people I know still consider good music. Sure it is, but I can listen to most any genre I want.

I'm not a movie guy, and while movies are easily available, I like watching rugby, racing and select TV productions.

It's not perfect, but I'm able to hear what I want, when I want; watch what I want, find mostly what I want. A little techno-messing around has a system that works for me. Now for a long HDMI cable to have a monitor in the kitchen and the garage...then I can have some sports playing and still get something done.

They do make changes (there are 10 million coneheads paid full-time money to make changes to computer systems) I need to respond to, but most can be worked around. Our world runs on profit. Nobody gets my money and I don't let it bug me, Ken.

The benefits of digitalization are great, the hassles few.
 
Re: The Digital Age. by Ken Dunn on 9 December 2013 5:49am
 
A great reply to my post, LT. I don't remember reading it back then. I suppose I should try some techno-messing but as our machine still works usefully I'm reluctant to interfere with it. If it did need interfered with I have a friend who is much more computer literate than me.
 



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