Technology is one of those things you either love or hate. What is an absolute joy for some, can be a heartache for others.
Back in the days when I was foolish with money and thought it grew on trees, I loved all things gadgety and geeky. These days though, on finding out the hard way that money has to be earned and cannot be found at the end of rainbows, I am a little more considered with my purchases and carry out substantial research before I part with any cash. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It was only after the purchase of my laptop that I realised that size does in fact matter.
Loving music as I do, I put a lot of thought into my purchase of an MP 3 player, if that’s what the cool kids still call them. Eventually I bit the bullet and purchased an IPod touch, not cheap at the £150 it cost me after discount. I thought it would be my friend for life, sadly after three years that is no longer the case.
Whilst I am not yet at the stage where I have to mourn its demise, I am finding more and more that it is no longer equipped to do all that I expect from it.
It would be at this point that you may advise me that perhaps I expect too much, but actually I don’t, I am a simple soul, I just expect it to function. My little friend still has the ability to amuse my eardrums as it pumps music from my pocket to my lugs, but sadly due to lack lustre software it can no longer help me surf, blog, game or lament the emptiness of my bank account.
I need a software upgrade. Almost every app tells me it can no longer function without the aid of IOS 7. No problem says I as I navigate my way to the store nestled within ITunes. I sit watching a loading symbol with glee, eager to eye the new changes only to be told that I cannot upgrade. WTF!! like seriously WT absolute F!
I move straight past sadness and despair to anger, stopping short at throwing my outdated (according to Apple) little friend against a wall, the though of not being able to listen to music the only thing that keeps me from a gadget gore fest extravaganza.
So where does that leave me then, well I’m kind of stuck up a tree without a ladder I guess. I can listen to the birdsong and pick apples, but I can’t look up a recipe to make a pie. Truth is, I am not upset with my little friend, but more at the company who introduced it to the world. I paid a sizeable chunk of money (thank you BNPL) only for my beloved gadget to become 50% obsolete after 3 years. Surely this doesn’t have to happen, there must be something that can be done to make the crossover a possibility. In effect, eventually I will be forced to move with the times and upgrade, either that or I will have to make peace with the fact that it will be all about the music and nothing else, basically because I won’t be able to do anything fecking else.
In the meantime however I need to just suck it up! As long as there is music…