Monday, April 25, 2011

Technology Would Be Great If It Didn't Suck

As I mentioned in my very first post, I have a love/hate relationship with technology. I love the potential, but getting there is way more frustrating than it should be.

For example, I've been trying to put my iPad 2, Yeah song on YouTube, along with a bunch of images sync'ed to the music. Should be simple, right? Both Windows Live Movie Maker and Apple's iMovie make it painfully difficult to sync images with audio. Seems like such an obvious thing for digital camera-toting geeks to want to do. I'd like to be able to load the MP3 and the set of images, and then just play the music and hit a NEXT button to change images at the appropriate point. Is that so hard?


This afternoon, I lost network connectivity for an hour or so. It was like quitting heroin cold turkey! (At least, I imagine it was.) What? I can't send email halfway around the world in nanoseconds? How can I live??


I love the idea of the cloud, where all my apps and data co-exist blissfully in the universal mind, ready to appear when beckoned from any phone, tablet, computer, car dashboard, toaster oven, etc. My data is perfectly safe and secure because Google is looking after it for me, and they never have downtime or snoop at my stuff, right?

Of course, the drawback to using a browser as a computer is ... well, you're using a browser as a computer. What Chrome and Firefox and other browsers do is make sure Web pages don't display too quickly for me to read them.  Where would I be without that?


UPDATE 5/5/2011: I finally coerced iMovie '09 into letting me adjust the duration of the images, a painful process.  The video of "iPad 2, Yeah" is now on YouTube.

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