TECH concerns, pet peeves, whys & why nots of TECH etc. etc.

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29 Dec 2022, 7:40 pm

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Anybody receptive to paying say twenty-dollars a month for TECH. support services from a trustworthy source?

Next computer project: Backup my files to 'IDrive' service - which Kim Kommando favors.

My near-future outgoings are currently unpredictable and may well turn out to be terrifyingly high, so I daren't commit to increasing my regular expenditure at all, but the principle looks worth considering for people in more normal circumstances. I suppose it's like buying insurance - i.e. it depends what specific devices break down and how comprehensive the service is.

Haven't used online storage so far, after a nasty experience - Microsoft locked my OneDrive account because I hadn't used it for ages, and when I tried and failed to get it unlocked, they locked my email account due to "unusual activity," and made me jump through a lot of difficult hoops to get the email back. I've also lost one Microsoft email account because I couldn't make it through their hoops, so these days I'm somewhat paranoid about touching anything that could be remotely related to such trouble - if I lose my main email account I'm in deep trouble.

I'm not aware of any non-Microsoft, terabyte-scale, free cloud storage. But I still prefer to keep all my files locally on a pair of USB drives. They're a tad laborious to update, as I don't know of any one-click method, but as long as I occasionally do the required donkey work I feel pretty safe (I use the two drives as duplicates in case one breaks down), and I don't have to worry about how to access my stuff if the internet (or the service) is unavailable. Nonetheless, a free, private and secure cloud storage space might be a useful supplement, if it didn't make the updating procedure even more laborious than it is now. I do wonder how private my files would really be on somebody else's server.



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30 Dec 2022, 7:54 pm

Just writing, and reading resposes in the 'TECH Concerns, Pet Peeves, Whys & Why Nots of TECH etc. etc.' disc. thread might prove to be "an ice-breaker of sorts" in approaching TECH. issues.



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30 Dec 2022, 8:28 pm

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I mean, I could probably rant about this all day, but my grievances aren't with appliances, rather apps and software these days. It seems companies are constantly dumbing down their software and removing functionality. Apps on phones never have as much functionality as their desktop versions even though most people use their phone instead of a PC these days. What pisses me off even more is I can't find too many people complaining about this (I guess most people didn't use these extra features) and that's how they get away with it.

Windows is making it harder and harder to get to the original control panel settings which are superior IMO to the way settings are now. Trying to search my own PC it tries to search Bing... WHY would I want to search the internet from the task bar? I'd open a browser for that. The other day there was no internet so I figured I'd play Solitaire, but no native games on Windows anymore. It seems EVERYTHING requires internet, even games I've already paid for and downloaded on my phone, you can't play without internet.

Google search used to be much more versatile, you could use operators like minus "-" to remove terms or quotation marks "" to get exact phrases, not it just completely ignores these things. YouTube used to let you open all comments on one page (sometimes I like to CTRL + F to find a specific comment, name of the song in the video, etc) but now it's just "click to see more comments", "more comments" etc. Good like finding a specific comment when there are thousands.

Same with Facebook. It also seems like everything is designed these days to put you in a bubble. Whenever I can I try to disable cookies, NOT sign in, etc. Because the more websites and apps know about you the more they make your experience designed for you, which sounds nice but it actually makes it harder to find new content. Facebook is creepy as hell btw I think it's listening to what you say, I could have a conversation about the most obscure thing and next thing I know Facebook is showing an ad for it.

WHY am I still getting ads if I'm paying for a subscription? Why are movies constantly disappearing from streaming services? Some aren't available anywhere. I've started building a DVD collection again, it feels archaic but it's kind of nice to have your own physical collection that you know you physically own and won't disappear. Same with games, I prefer buying physical copies of games these days to save on space on my consoles.

Then you have planned obsolescence and right to repair, phone manufacturers removing the SD card slot, the headphone jack, not shipping with a charging block. Printers not shipping with a USB cable and trying to force you to sign up for something to just install the driver, etc. Being forced to use your phone to set something up on your computer (makes zero sense).

I'm starting to feel like an old man ranting about this stuff. I thought the future was supposed to be better, lol.


This is simply, because previously the customer was the physical user.
Now the customer is company paying for it, and you get stuff for "free" as if.
Meaning you are the target not the customer.
Algorithms are the same.
The algorithms and facebook, google etc. no longer work for us. They work for companies that pay big money to get our money.
The real customer who has the final say is the company. We are users who have bank accounts and companies love our money so much they make our user experience sometimes living hell.
This is true of almost everything on internet including microsoft.



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31 Dec 2022, 9:46 pm

Thank-you for being observant on...'TECH Concerns, Pet Peeves, Whys & Why Nots Of TECH Etc. Etc.' Keep these important insights coming!

With advances in Artifical Intelligence (AI), what about AI driven automated-support systems which help (non-TECH users) fix and maintain their PCs? Any specific, promising developments of automated-support systems?



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07 Jan 2023, 4:15 pm

Some of us apply the reliable "old-school" approach of taking notes via pen and paper most of the time.



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12 Jan 2023, 2:31 pm

Why must the process of transferring files from an old desktop computer to a new desktop computer be so challenging?



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14 Jan 2023, 4:44 pm

Physical controls e.g. older-style controls, buttons in TECH. appliances must make a comeback.

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With about two-dozen responses (as of this writing) in this discussion thread - time to re-read the entire disc. thread to boost understanding of........'TECH. Concerns. Pet Peeves, Whs & Why Nots of TECH. etc. etc.'



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25 Feb 2023, 6:59 pm

JustFoundHere wrote:
Physical controls e.g. older-style controls, buttons in TECH. appliances must make a comeback.

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With about two-dozen responses (as of this writing) in this discussion thread - time to re-read the entire disc. thread to boost understanding of........'TECH. Concerns. Pet Peeves, Whs & Why Nots of TECH. etc. etc.'


Bumping-up discussion-thread.



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04 Mar 2023, 9:41 pm

Touch screens! I hate touch screens! I want to actually be able to feel the button when I press it. Having to rely purely on visual feedback is frustrating and unsafe when used in an environment when lives depend on precise control.

You know the new Orion capsule is going to rely on touchscreen controls? Good luck trying to use a touchscreen in a violently vibrating rocket. They should have stuck to buttons and switches.


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04 Mar 2023, 11:03 pm

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Touch screens! I hate touch screens! I want to actually be able to feel the button when I press it. Having to rely purely on visual feedback is frustrating and unsafe when used in an environment when lives depend on precise control.

You know the new Orion capsule is going to rely on touchscreen controls? Good luck trying to use a touchscreen in a violently vibrating rocket. They should have stuck to buttons and switches.


There might just be a growing trend towards (old-school) buttons, controls, etc. One example: A "clicky" (meaning the sounds, the tapping), and feel of mechanical PC computer keyboards: https://www.intheknow.com/post/best-cli ... keyboards/