78 recordsIt all started with the ’78rpm record. The world was quite content with their Gramophones and then for some reason someone had the stupid idea to lower the speed, change from shellac to vinyl and get everyone to buy their Mario Lanza records all over again. But for quite a while we were content once again with our ’45 singles and ’33 long-play records and waltzed through the 60’s with Frank, Elvis and Dean.

Then along came some more techno-marketers who wanted our money again, and we forked out more dollars on cassettes and 8 track cartridges. We were happy though as we could listen to the Beatles and Jimi in our car! Great innovation for some, but as I was living in Australia then, the heat in the car tended to melt and warp my cassettes so I had to buy them all over again at the end of each summer. But I was content.

Until the greedy bastards came along yet again to get more money from me. Yes, replace my whole Elvis and Rolling Stones record collection with the new and brilliant CD or compact disk. More money out of my pocket for the same songs. Even Mario Lanza had to be re-bought for the fourth time.

Now you know where I’m going here? Yes, the end hadn’t arrived. Apple came along and decided I needed to buy all my songs all over again in digital format for my iPod. Mario Lanza for the fifth time!

So, will I now venture into the tale of the 5 1/2 floppy disk, the 3 1/2 disk, the CD, the portable hard disk drive, the memory key and now a thing called a cloud? Or perhaps the ever changing versions of Word format that are never compatible with each other? No, I think I’ll leave data storage well alone today. Perhaps VHS, Beta Maxi, DVD, Blueray? No, enough said.

Ii have a new definition for technology that I would like included in the next edition of the Oxford Dictionary.

tech·nol·o·gy / tekˈnäləjē / Noun – A marketing scam that forces consumers to buy exactly the same product over and over and over and over again.

 

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  • 03/08/2011 at 5:07 pm
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    I’m with you on this Derek!
    ♫ Although I don’t go quite as far back… ☺ I have hundreds of albums & I love them scratches & all. I do however, have to keep finding turntables as the motors on mine wear out. I usually get them for free now; people no longer need them as they “upgrade”.

    I am of course an “old school” photographer as well; trained for five years in High School & College. I used to develop & print my own B&W photographs & even had my own darkroom, but, that is already on my blog post idea list; a lost art, don’t even get me started.
    Now, I find myself using almost digital almost exclusively, & I “lost” about 1000 photographs a few years back in a laptop crash! It’s much more difficult to “lose” negatives….

  • 03/08/2011 at 6:11 pm
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    When I was nineteen (long time ago) I drove all over our Island, searching through every old repair shop and electronic store for a vacuum tube. I finally found the right one in an old shop in Charlottetown and raced home to fix the antique floor model radio/record player that my parents had given me for my birthday. The sound was unforgettable.

    Does anyone think that story would work with an Ipod?

    Something good has faded from the world of mankind.

    And yet, I do like my eBook Reader. Perhaps I’m a hypocrite, but life would be boring if we weren’t idiots…

  • 03/08/2011 at 6:19 pm
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    What price progress eh Derek.

    Sometimes I just wish the money grubbers would come up with technology that works properly, especially software. I’ve just had to hunt out my MS Office disc and get it to repair my MS Word system. Being an inherently bad speller, it stopped challenging me this afternoon. (Sigh). :D

  • 03/08/2011 at 7:09 pm
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    Stuff today is designed to be flimsy, and cheaper to replace than to fix or upgrade. (Imagine if smart phones, tablets, and computers were designed so that you could easily replace the memory and RAM as newer/faster chips were designed? Or the screen? Or the worn out buttons and trackpad?) In addition to being totally frustrating, this cycle is choking our planet with garbage.

    We could engineer things differently, but it will take a paradigm shift in our industries and our government. This very entertaining little video pretty much sums things up:

    http://storyofstuff.org/electronics/

  • 03/08/2011 at 8:00 pm
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    Stuff today is designed to be flimsy, and cheaper to replace than to fix or upgrade. (Imagine if smart phones, tablets, and computers were designed so that you could easily replace the memory and RAM as newer/faster chips were designed? Or the screen? Or the worn out buttons and trackpad?) In addition to being totally frustrating, this cycle is choking our planet with garbage.

    We could engineer things differently, but it will take a paradigm shift in our industries and our government. This very entertaining little video pretty much sums things up:

    http://storyofstuff.org/electronics/

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