Wednesday, December 09, 2009
In calculus you learn about maximums where at a certain point a value of 'y' stops rising and begins to decline as the value of 'x' progresses. All endeavors have a maximum which is an optimal point. This can be applied to a point where a useful technology is beneficial because of ease of use (y) until it becomes so feature rich (x) that it becomes so complicated that the primary beneficial goal begins to decline. When writing programs this phenomena is called 'feature creep'.
1) There was once a day when the term 'can you hear me now' did not exist. It was possible to take your finger and hit large buttons to connect a phone conversation. Once connected the circuit generally remained solid with little interruption. Nobody could steal your phone and run up charges against your account. Cell phones come in handy if your car breaks down in a coverage area.
2) There was once a day when you could go to your favorite blog, make a comment, post it and see what others say. Now some of my favorites I am getting a little frustrated when I hit the Post tab and wait... and wait not knowing if the thing will ever post.
3) Firefox when it first came out was hailed by all as a better alternative to Internet Exploder. It was simple no-nonsense until features began to evolve. Now it is no better than exploder.
4) I thought this TPP movement was a good thing so I signed up. Now I find it so contorted with features I don't even bother with it any more. Though I used a common password variation I have learned that the blog section isn't the same as the main site. Try to log in there with the same credentials and get rejected. The times I have gotten in there I find every Joe and his dog are trying to co-op the movement so they can be somebody. So I just said to hell with it.
5) What site is the most popular as a news source? Drudge. Why? Because it isn't crowded with a bunch of whistles and bells BS. You go there, you see something interesting and click on it. As simple as it gets.
6) Why do I not own a blackberry? Because the letters are so small I cannot see them nor will my fingers fit on the little buttons.
7) I have more passwords than I can remember. It is not safe to use the same one for everything so I have two variations on two passwords. But I can't remember which variation I use so guess what.. I write them down. If someone finds my book of Knowledge then my life becomes theirs.
8) There was a day when if I felt musically inspired I flipped a switch on a 4-trak and began to play. Now by the time I configure all the digital setting on my mixer, my digital recorder, my digital guitar effects I have lost all inspiration.
The more our society 'progresses' the more problems it creates and the less we reach the goal of our effort.