From that first day that man discovered fire, the human race has continued its never-ending search to accomplish tasks in the most expedient manner possible. Society has decided that technology can be used to solve most of its immediate problems. This quest has brought us many useful things such as the telephone, the automobile, the oven, the CD player, etc. and has made living a little more enjoyable. If that were all, there would be no need to even mention these facts other than to advertise them. However, these so-called technological advances have also placed many hindrances on our daily life.
Probably the most immediately important of these technological mishaps was the invention of the computer. Computer programmers and engineers have found that computers can be used to run everyday appliances, design advanced and complicated architectural structures, and calculate enormous amounts of data all with amazing speed. Noting the key word speed, people decided that items such as computers must be purchased in order to improve performance in our daily lives by saving time. What the computer programmers and engineers neglected to mention was the fact that using the computer will accomplish your immediate task very efficiently, if you are able to use and maintain your computer for the life of the task.
As a technician, I get numerous calls everyday about how to overcome software problems, hardware problems, and everyday stupidity. The first two are usually a result of the third problem. That stupidity begins somewhere around the arrival of the initial thought to purchase the computer. Most people are fooled into believing that the need the fastest, most up to date and expensive technology to complete their task, despite the fact that every piece of technology is outdated before it is even shipped to the stores. So without researching what type of computer (or pen and pad for that matter) they actually need, they trust the manufactures and salesmen make a purchase for them. Here is where stupidity enters and money vanishes. It should be obvious that a salesman or manufacturer is going to try to get their customers to purchase the most expensive computer considering that it is their job. What most people do not realize is that not every component that is purchased along with a computer is completely necessary. People could save so much money by simply asking to have those excess components removed.
People too often feel the need to keep up with the "Jones". For many people, having the latest technology is a big ego boost, because most "...entertainment technology brings status and prestige...", even if nobody knows its true purpose. The problem is that most people, especially young adults, "...cannot imagine a world without PC's [Personal Computers] sprinkled across desktops, laps, palms, eyes, and everywhere else." Ken Pohlmann enlightens us to this in is article "The X-tronic Generation"i. In the article, Pohlmann explains that many...