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Thank you Joel Johnson…

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…the former editor of Gizmodo for stating the obvious and for having one of the most marvellous (and justified) rants I have ever come across. [h]e scolds you, the Giz writers, the gadget makers, and you, dear readers, for supporting the disgusting cycle of gadget whoring. This is potent stuff:

And you guys just ate it up. Kept buying shitty phones and broken media
devices green and dripping with DRM. You broke the site, clogging up
the pipe like retarded salmon, to read the latest announcements of the
most trivial jerk-off products, completely ignoring the stories about
technology actually making a difference to real human beings, because
you wanted a new chromed robot turd to put in your pocket to impress
your friends and make you forget for just a few minutes, blood coursing
as you tremblingly cut through the blister pack, that your life is
utterly void of any lasting purpose.

This is as good a paragraph as any in this piece, so read the whole thing. I will be forwarding this to any PR people touting ‘consumer electronics’ I meet and to anyone who gets too excited about the latest ‘glossy thing that uses electricity’.

I have tried to get into mobile technology and devices – through i-Mate to Nokia E61 to Blackberry 8100 Of the three I definitely prefer Blackberry but the bottom line is that they don’t do what they promise, they don’t give me anywhere near the control I am used to online. They are shiny expensive toys whose technology, interface and functionality wouldn’t survive a day in the online wilderness. I have given up on mobile devices and indeed any kind of offline consumer electronics. The ‘user experience’ is far from the kind of fun a self-proclaimed geek can have online. I decided to wait until online geeks create mobile devices that break through the barriers network operators have created for phonesets, operating systems and applications. iPhone, don’t think so, but MyPhone looks promising. It’s got the kind of ubergeek credentials I am looking for.

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