It’s a truth universally acknowledged that shiny gadgets make life better. And there’s no better time to get into tech: on a monthly basis, something is released that makes the last big thing look inadequate.
I look at older tech and can’t help feeling smug. My pocket contains a device with more processing power than a PC I once built, which wouldn’t even fit on a desk. Yes, this is the future.
But is that enough? I don’t think so. For all the excitement and opportunity afforded by the territory, we’re zooming ahead more quickly than we should. There is still much to be learned – and from the stuff we consider obsolete.
Take the ubiquitous smartphone. Mine is one of the latest and shiniest. It has more cores than I need and more pixels than I can see. And yet it has me pining for my Nokia 3310. I’m not saying it’s a better device, but it does have the basics I would expect from a portable device, constantly in use.
I miss its battery (1), which could last a week without charging. I miss its ability to survive countless encounters with the pavement (2). My Ninjutsu instructor once dedicated a training session to using it as a hammer in a fight.