Tuesday, June 17, 2008

When technology bites

Being a science fiction author primarily, I have a soft spot in my heart for technology. Computers, space ships, androids...what would the future be without them? Of course the way things are going, we're discovering that the future is more 'now' than sometime in the nebulous, distant...er...future.

I'm all for the day I can walk into a room in my house and say 'Lights 50%' or tell the oven to preheat from across the room, but being also a fan of "Battlestar Galactica" I'm not too sure about the toaster. That I may want to remain deaf to my commands.

For the most part, I think my cell phone also falls into that category. Too much margin for error as my DH found out the other day.

During the mega thunder storm we experienced the other night DH and I were on our way to the movies. [Bad weather stalks us, but that's another story]. He dropped me off at the theater to buy tickets to Iron Man while he searched for a non-existent parking space in the mall. Now, none of this would have been possible years ago when no one had cell phones, because I would have bought the tickets and waited ten years for him to show up. As it was I bought the tickets and wandered around until my cell phone rang. It was DH telling me to return the tickets becasue he'd been all over creation and couldn't find a place to park in the driving rain. The storm was worse, so he told me he'd pick me up and we'd go rent a movie instead.

Sigh. So I returned the tickets and he picked me up and off we went. While sitting in the car at the rental store [it was raining too hard to get out] he told me how it had taken him six tries to call me from the car. Why? His cell phone didn't understand him.

He's got one of the voice activated ones, and it was in a bad mood apparently because each time he told it to 'Call Jen' he got 'Call Dad' or 'Call home' as a response.

He told me the argument went on for quite a while until he apparently said my name in just the right inflection for the phone to understand him. All this time we worried about the kids making long distance calls they're not supposed to and it turns out we should be worrying about the phone calling my FIL in Florida any time it feels like it.

I laughed at DH [aka Mr. Technology]. My phone still does what the buttons tell it to do, but I wonder how long its cooperation will last.

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3 comments:

Savanna Kougar said...

I luv the promise of technology. But I can't get on board with how it's designed currently. Come, you need redundant systems. How else can you go to manual when the space Patroller takes out your central control, and you gotta escape or end up as a Scrub Slave.

Xandra Gregory said...

Hahaha. I used to have a voice activated phone and then my son learned to talk. Specifically to say, "Mike Cell" in a very clear inflection whenever he saw my phone. LOL.

For a technophile, my current phone is surprisingly uncomplicated (although I might be upgrading to a smartphone with a qwerty keyboard in the near future because the upgrade is free and you can't beat that with a stick). My current phone...makes phone calls. It takes pictures too, when I'm in a jam, but I haven't figured out how to get them off the phone, so they just sit there as wallpaper.

But my lappie is the best there is, IMNSHO. :D Maybe I just want to keep it from getting jealous, LOL.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Same here on the cell phones...mine takes pictures and makes calls. Period. And really, do I need it to do anymore? (well, I don't supposed it would wash dishes or cook meals anyway but...) And my DH is a technophobe who rarely remembers to turn his cellphone ON and if he does, he discovers that the battery is dead or dying of neglect. Sigh.

I crave technology, the more the better (though I'm opposed to replacing a perfectly good device just because there's a better model--I'll wait until it dies :D )but I sometimes worry that some folk won't be able to cope if their devices fail.

I've probably read too many 'end of the world' scenario's :-P LOL