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Technnoyances

A list of four things in the world of tech that I find annoying, submitted for your approval in no particular order.

Unboxing videos

I’ve ranted about this elsewhere, but it’s worth repeating; unboxing videos are awful.  If there’s anything more pathetic to me than sitting around wishing you had some piece of technology, it’s doing so while also seeking out and watching other people open up boxes with the desired tech inside.

I understand doing research on products you’re thinking about buying, but I don’t see where the unboxing video fits in with all that.  If you want to find out what’s actually inside the box, you can find that info on websites or in stores.  If you want to see little bits of molded Styrofoam, you’ve probably got some in boxes you already own sitting around in your house or apartment somewhere.

If you want some new thing that badly, watching someone open up its box isn’t going to get you any closer to that goal.  Spoiler alert: it’s going to be boxed up the same as everything else you’ve bought: lots of tape, lots of Styrofoam, lots of plastic.  Whoopdy doo.

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The Underwhelming iPad

Yesterday was one of the most media-hyped tech days in recent memory.  Apple, makers of the ubiquitous iPod and popular iPhone, promised to unveil its newest creation yet.

For years, analysts had predicted that the company was working on a tablet computer, and it finally seemed that they would realize this dream.  In the weeks and days prior to this event, the media hit a frenzy as rumor after rumor leaked out about the nature of the tablet computer.  Every day, websites like Digg were inundated with submissions containing fan renderings of the product, musings on the functionality of the device, and rampant speculation of cost.

The endless hype turned out to be a double-edged sword for Apple however; it raised expectations too high.  When the curtains were pulled off the new iPad yesterday at Apple’s keynote, it was immediately (and largely) criticized by many.

And in my opinion, rightfully so.  The device isn’t ambitious enough, the cost is too high, and in the end, it just doesn’t fit in well with all the other gadgets people already enjoy using.  Here’s everything that I think is wrong with the iPad, and why it is already destined for failure.

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One of These Things Is Not Like The Others

Amazon

I don’t think I’d be too far out of line if I said that we all have little fits of nostalgia now and then.  And what better way is there to fulfill these odd urges than by jumping online and finding all those old videos on YouTube, toys on eBay, and DVD collections on Amazon?

So it was that I find myself browsing Amazon the other day, looking at old cartoons.  Something I’d read that morning reminded me of an old cartoon I’d enjoyed as a kid, Doug, and I wanted to see if anyone ever got around to putting the series on DVD.  This was one of those times when a mere search would satisfy my curiosity; no purchases were to be made.

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Bing Goes The Internet

Bing

Though I am not a die hard Google fan, I usually use Google whenever I need to search for something, and I take advantage of a few of the services they offer like Gmail and their online calendar.  Lately though, I’ve been a bit intrigued with Microsoft’s revamped Live Search, Bing.  I’ve been frequently jumping back and forth between Google and Bing to compare search results, especially when I have trouble finding something.

So far, I’ve been pretty impressed with Bing – it almost always returns just about everything I would find on Google, and the image and video search function on Bing is actually a cut above those found on Google.  And though I do enjoy the simplicity of the Google landing page, which is one of the reasons why I think it became so popular in the first place, I do find myself drawn to the Bing landing as well; they almost always have a beautiful image on display, and the fact boxes you can mouse over are usually interesting.


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Bing has been running a contest over the last few weeks, in order to help them find a jingle for the site.  The contest simply asked people to record their idea for a jingle, and then submit it to the Bing YouTube page, where the winner would be chosen based on number of views and quality of rating.  The winner was crowned yesterday, and while the video is odd and slightly disturbing, I have to admit – the song is kind of catchy.  Catchy in the way that the simple tune gets stuck in your head for about an hour after viewing.  Behold the winning video (after the break):

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