A part of the unashamedly #firstworldproblem series.
Here’s a list of some everyday technology glitches that vex me:
- Putting the USB stick in the wrong way around – always. (How does that happen, when you’d think between two choices, there’s a greater chance of choosing the right way?)
- Scanning documents. The scan quickly leaps to 99% and then keeps you waiting three minutes for the final percentage to finish (Thanks for @catep36 for the reminder).
- Auto correct. It’s frustrating to type a tweet on your phone with a particularly long word within it, only to look back and see it’s been auto-corrected and makes no sense. Also, I’ve lost count of the number of people that tell me “I typed Prakky into my phone and it turned into Orally. Hee hee”. (Yes, we can adjust correction settings on smartphones or our desk tops, but it’ll still get you somehow).
- Typing on the iPad. I’ve been touch typing since age 12, but the flat shiny keyboard of the iPad has conquered me so far. I fumble over it. And then I encounter vexing point number 3) above.
- When strangers don’t mute the keys on their mobile phones and you have to endure a ‘beep beep’ with every key they type. This often happens while waiting for public transport or sharing an elevator with a stranger.
- When you quickly shut down your iPhone and accidentally take a screenshot of the last application open.
- Desktop printers. Apparently designed to last 6-12 months.
How about you? What aspects of technology annoy you? (And don’t just say ‘iTunes’).