Shouldn’t Technology be Better by Now?

I can’t think of a single person that I know, who isn’t participating in technology. We use it constantly, every day, for things we could never do before. We have people flying around in the sky in fucking six-ton metal boxes with a few hundred other folks, and it’s all happening because of technology.

Commuting, surgeries, communication, research, warfare, engineering, genetic mapping… All this shit is happening because of some technological break through, and without today’s technology, we’d be nowhere.

Why then is shit still breaking down?! Why can’t someone fucking make something that just fucking works!? I can’t even buy a fucking flashlight with the fucking button working SOMETIMES. Even really expensive flashlights fucking fail!

Why are computers still crashing?! You mean to tell me since the first fucking computer screwed up a punch card that all computers for the rest of existence were doomed to have occasional failures? Seems pretty ridiculous to me, it’s been almost 70 years that we as a people have been making computers, and they still fucking fail and “act funny” sometimes.

Why are batteries still dying? Why can’t I buy a fucking cell phone that lasts more than a day and a half on a single charge? Every damn phone that comes out is a million times more awesome than it’s predecessor, in reverie (TYPO! And I’m not fixing it, because it’s mentioned in the comments.) fucking way EXCEPT for the battery life! We get an extra hour out of a battery and we think it’s a gift from god!

We’ve been conditioned to expect things to be mediocre, and we’re handed this crap and when it fails people just shrug and go “eh, time for a new one anyway”.

But the problem is us, not the technology. We’re content to live with substandard stuff, as long as it does cool things for the unfortunately short amount of time it works fine. I tell you what though, it scares the shit out of me when I go to the doctor and I see a little six-year-old Dell Optiplex small form factor computer with crud-caked fan grates, zip tied to a pole and wheeled around the hospital on a battery unit. Someday that thing is going to have an inconvenient problem, and someone’s going to die because we’re too busy pushing technology to do the next big thing rather than focusing on getting it problem free.


9 thoughts on “Shouldn’t Technology be Better by Now?

  1. I maintain the failures are psychological experiments being conducted on us. Someone wants to see how much annoyance the average person can take before reaching our breaking point. Think of all the things this explains in the work place.

  2. Never seen this issue on a linux system for desktop computing. If you pick the wrong graphics card you can run into issues. Only problem there is if you use GPO in an AD environment, your linux desktops will completely ignore them, so the configuration by the sysadmin needs done at an individual level outside of kerberos authentication to hub into the domain controller for user logins.

    If you have any experience with linux in AD I’d find it an interesting read, I’m keeping an eye out for solutions along these lines.

      • It is a work in progress.

        You can get it to authenticate user logins with the DC, assign local system usergroups by NT group membership, broadcast a WINS and NETBIOS name for DNS (though what I am seeing without digging in yet is that it’s only broadcast on VLANS serviced by the local DHCP so its not going to be network-wide like your windows WINS broadcast, that may be possible with an adjustment, I’ll find out later in the week).

        As for domain-level GPO propagation it’s a security nightmare. It just wont happen on a Linux desktop. I am looking at maybe using NIS or OpenDirectory in a ‘triangle’ configuration in my testbed at home to see if I can force some kind of policy translation at the NIS or OD level to propagate from “AD DC -> OD DC/NIS -> Host” but even if it works it’ll be very limited, so the sysadmin in that type of environment seems to always be left with two security architectures.

        It is just these kinds of hurdles that prevent Linux Desktops from being used for innovation at the workplace and that hurdle has a metaindustrial impact.

        • Annnd breakthrough!

          It just occurred to me that I’m looking at this all wrong by trying to use a complete Linux install per machine instead of breaking segmenting one Linux system across multiple desktops.

          With NFS you can put all the system configuration on one NFS share and have each desktop machine mount that directory, allowing you to configure each machine uniquely on the network while maintaining a common configuration set that adjusts every machine with one adjustment on the NFS share and sometimes a subsequent reboot.

          Someone needs to hoist my mazen-mast for this.

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