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And I don't have the time or inclination to continually be installing an ever growing list of apps to keep in touch with everybody, and with each app installed lessening my privacy even more. I've removed them all. SMS is the primary way to get a hold of me, or you mostly just don't. Emailing works too, but I have the notifications on silent and just check a few times throughout the day when I feel like it. Oh, and I just about always answer if someone calls. I'd much rather actually hear and have a realtime conversation with you instead of days and days of back and forth texts that could have been settled with a simple 5 minute phone call lol. I'm rapidly becoming anti-tech, and I live and breathe tech. People no longer seem to know how to actually talk to each other, unless they already agree 100% with each others positions on any given subject. I don't see all of this heading in a positive direction for humanity, and I think we see that unfolding all around us, every day.



I'm very similar. There's an assumption that because I'm very into technology, that I must have all the latest gadgets. In fact the opposite is true: I see through lots of the hype cycles and avoid fads, wait for things to stabilise and/or standardise before jumping in, and maintain what I have for years.

I tell people that I've 'seen how the sausage gets made' ;)


I subscribe, too.

People are surprised that a techie nerd like me, with a PhD in ML, immersed in the IT world for the past 30 years, has an aversion to tech gadgets. Have I heard of the latest fad X? Do I like the last AI-powered Y?

But the first thing I did when buying an apartment was rip out the silly "smart home" system, installing back mechanical controls everywhere. Much happier.

My take on it is, with experience comes appreciation for simplicity. And respect for "doing things right", which seems a losing battle in a marketing-first world.


> But the first thing I did when buying an apartment was rip out the silly "smart home" system, installing back mechanical controls everywhere. Much happier.

I am afraid the day may come when I can't get audio equipment with a mechanical volume control (without a layer of software in between). Even today, some laptops rely on software to mute their speakers when the headphone jack is connected.

I dread the scenario of being in a public place, like a library or about to give a talk, resuming my laptop from suspend, and loud music (or worse!) blaring out of the speakers, with all audio controls unresponsive as the system churns (or crashes!) under the load of resuming.


> I dread the scenario of being in a public place, like a library or about to give a talk, resuming my laptop from suspend, and loud music (or worse!) blaring out of the speakers, with all audio controls unresponsive as the system churns (or crashes!) under the load of resuming.

It's very much this why I fully prep my laptop before I need to give a talk or go into a meeting where I might need my laptop (as much as I despise laptop-filled meetings). All applications closed except for whatever I need in that setting.


Yeah. On some devices, even the "power-off" button is software (talk about powerlessness!).

I dread the day this growth-at-any-cost marketing machine takes over politically, and these half-assed over-hyped systems (self driving cars come to mind) become mandatory, with no alternative.


Same. I thought about it after a few surprised reactions, and concluded: I got interested in technology when I was a kid because you could take it apart, tinker with it, understand it. That's less true than it used to be - things in general are more complex and opaque and less repairable. A "technology"/"magic" distinction, perhaps.


"Nobody Hates Software More Than Software Developers"

https://blog.codinghorror.com/nobody-hates-software-more-tha...


Unless you actually call me, I do not feel an obligation to respond on any timeline.

Email and IM are great, but I want them to work for me, not against.




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