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Tech-no or tech-yes


Aargh! Techno fear!

Ah, technology. New stuff. Electronical marvels.

Love it or hate it, it’s everywhere.

I’m constantly in two minds about the whole new technology deal. I tend to desperately want new gadgets but scoff at new innovations.  Which is weird, considering I moved from laser research to computer programming – you’d think I’d be more than ultra keen for every new little thing.

Sometimes it’s down to my dislike of change. I get comfortable with an operating system on a computer. I know where everything is and I don’t want it to change. Eventually I get used to the new one of course, but I guess if you’ve spent 10 years with Windows XP, say, Windows 7 comes as a bit of a shock.

Sometimes it’s all about control. Take an automatic gearbox on a car (OK, that’s been around a while, but still). Doubtless it has its advantages, but no car’s going to tell me when to change gear, and if that means red-lining the revs then so be it. Maybe I’m not alone in this one – automatics are fairly rare. I’ve never seen one in a car showroom (of course I’ve never been looking for one) and only ever been in one once.

But I can be dead against new features and grow to love them. When I bought my new (well, pre-owned) car a couple of years ago it had a bunch of stuff I considered ridiculous. Automatic headlights? Automatic windscreen wipers? That’s my job – I was determined to switch it all to manual. A couple of days later I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I got a loaner car a couple of weeks ago and when it began to rain I suddenly realised it was getting harder to see and nothing was happening. I have to twiddle a control to get the windscreen wipers to come on? How quaint!

Internet on your phone? Don’t be daft. I held out for years. Who needs that? Me, apparently.
Though as it turns out it’s far too easy to buy massive amounts of MP3s.

e-book readers. Love ’em, hate ’em or haven’t tried ’em? I would like to be a snob about books. Ah, the feel a of real book, the smell of the paper, the look of the beautiful hardbacks on the shelves. Well, my shelves are so full of beautiful hardbacks I decided I’d need to buy an e-book reader, and I’ve never looked back. I’ve decided that the thing I love best about books is the content, rather than the physical thing.
Though as it turns out it’s far too easy to buy massive amounts of books.

Hang on, is this new tech stuff just about getting us, Joe Public, to part with more money? No, that’s too cynical.

So, the upshot of this ramble? Drag me into new tech and I love it. Otherwise I’ll just complain about how unnecessary it is.

  1. NotAPunkRocker
    August 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    OK, so I found this post via the one you just posted today, but “automatics are rare”? It’s getting more and more difficult to find manual transmission cars here that aren’t overpriced/sportscars or so entry level that they make my Scion look like an overpriced sportscar.


    • August 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Ah yes, back in my “no-followers” days 🙂 I forgot about the “related articles” thingy.

      If you go to a car showroom or rental place and want an automatic you need to say, otherwise they’ll assume it’s a manual you want. Drivers with a manual licence (almost everyone) can drive an automatic, but drivers with an automatic licence (practically no-one) can’t drive a manual.
      I think they’re becoming more common though, especially among mid-high range cars, eg BMWs and the like.


      • NotAPunkRocker
        August 19, 2014 at 7:46 pm

        No follower posts are fun to revisit, right? Echo-echo-echo—

        So your license actually designates if you can drive manual or auto? Here they don’t care, it’s commercial, motorcycle or standard. Glasses or not.

        It used to be manuals would save a lot of money on a car purchase, but now they aren’t so common so there isn’t much savings. Looking at cars now (IF I decide to hand the current one to M), I am having a hard time finding manuals in my price range that won’t cost an arm and a leg to maintain. Automatics are boring!


      • August 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

        There’s nothing quite like ramming up through the gears as you pull away from a junction!
        I think the feeling here is that if someone takes their driving test in an automatic, they did so because there was no way they were ever going to pass if they had to change gear as well 🙂
        I think automatics are more expensive here (probably because they’re less common), and if the automatic gearbox breaks they’re certainly more expensive to fix.


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