Yes, it’s another of those in-betweenie posts. One not quite about a night out – which no doubt reads What-Lynn-Did-Next diary kinda thing – but the random, wanderings of my addled brain. Curious to see what I prattle on about, I thought I’d pop this blog’s URL into one of those meme cloud gadgets. Well, it passes the time doesn’t it? Oh, there’s a shoe design. Step on! 🙂
I suppose for maximum cliche, I should have selected some vibrant pink colours….. but really, shades of suede would have been more my choice. Oh, black shoes. How can I count the ways….? 🙂
So there you have it. A list of the key words yours truly regularly punts out in this little blog of mine. Clearly trans pops up a few times. Not sure why bit or ago, feature so promptly. I guess they must be key words that I use. Hmm. Nice to see Good and People pop in there though.
On a completely different note, someone at work asked me for some advice about a tablet. No, not the Follow the White Rabbit, nor Ooo-Boobies! ones either. Wow, that would have been a different film wouldn’t it. Unfortunately, no one can be told what being Trans is. You have to see it for yourself. That and experience foot pain from shoes too fabulous to mention.
Where was I? Oh yes. Tablets. Those flat plastic and glass squares that seem to be rocking the PC industry. I was asked the simple question, which one should I get? Well, my typical answer is to ask the questions
– what do you want to do with it?
– how much do you want to spend?
– what type of computers do you like now?
Some folk like Apple kit, some like Android stuff and some like Microsoft stuff. It’s all a bit… personal really. They all do similar things and they’re aimed at different types of people. Take for example the difference between your common-or-garden Android tablet vs the more managed interface of the Kindle.
What I will say is this, I don’t like companies – particularly tech companies – who attempt to compete by rubbishing another parties products. Yeah, all’s fair in love, war and the damned lies of the marketing department, but it isn’t 🙂 Just…. tell the truth. Some people like different things, not because of the *ahem* facts, or that it’s better/faster/cheaper/hackable/expensive/luxury brand; they just have a personal preference to how a particular system works.
I had the displeasure to share a meeting with a tech evangelist. For those of you not familiar with this particular type of luser – sorry- user; they are usually vaguely technical and they – as per the alleged religious stereotype they get their name from – sing the praises to the Cult of the Object.
I’m afraid. I cannot help myself, but ask politely awkward questions to push their buttons. “It does look nice, but does it run the Apple store?” A good one for Surface tablet fetishists. “It’s nice, but I think the Android interface is easier to use.” That riles Apple junkies. “It’s not got the upgrade path of the MS stuff has it?” which bugs ‘Droid folk. 😛 I really don’t mind what tablet you want to use. What I do mind, is when you want to convert everyone to your way of thinking…. or perhaps more cynically, buy more stuff.
Do I have a preference? Am I really unbiased? No, I’m as biased as the next guy. 🙂 I like tablets I can tweak, hack and generally mess around with. I don’t like being told what I can and can’t do with something I’ve bought. To me, a tablet isn’t very different from a computer. Okay, no mouse or screen, but it’s essentially a tool to do something. Should someone tell you want tools you can use? Maybe you like cooking a meal a certain way, or maybe you like to vary your route to work. Should I be able to tell you want you can or can’t do because I’d like to control your experience? Maybe you don’t care and you’re happy to run with the device as it arrives, that’s cool too.
I think it’s personal choice and you should have the freedom to do as you want, with the gadgets you own….. with all the risks and learning curves associated with it.
You may fire when ready. 😉