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Our Digital Lifecycle

Posted 01/24/2014 By fernando

So after a while of not posting I am back… The topic I will first tackle… my digital life. Basically, what this title means to say is that as we use technology we become even more reliant on it. But the more we use it, the less reliable it turns out that it is.

I have been thinking about the term “they don’t make them like they used to” lately. Household appliances, cars, shoes… it seems to be that this statement is correct and we do tend to throw things away only to replace them with the same models. Does this phrase apply to technology and the digital domain? Hardware as well as software. Is technology less reliable or basically not made to last. The answer you might say is sure. I buy a phone, use it for a year or two, it breaks and I replace it with a newer model.  Sure, that seems fine. But what about if you don’t want to replace it with another model yet? What if it breaks after 6 months? What about software? Is it designed to last or does it become obsolete and ‘break’ due to incompatibility?

I hope to describe the reliability of everyday life taking myself as a case study. I will try to post some of them in this post in oder to then think about it, and analyse why things are not made to last.

I hope for your comments and experiences also.

 

24.01.2014

Computer at work doesn’t connect to printer. Read instructions again to try and re-install the driver from the network. try to connect to IP given to me. Pops up with username and password request. Details are correct. Waiting… and access denied. Weird, I did this a couple of weeks ago and it worked. Let me try a few different options and connect with another computer. Nope, same problem. Let’s ask someone who joined work 2 days ago. Hm, IP she is given is completely different to mine. OK done… why wasn’t I informed that this was changed? Did my printer – computer connection last? Nope. New one created. Time spent on this problem – 20 mins.

24.01.2014

Gchat not sending my messages “[Contact has not received your chat]”. But it was working 10 minutes ago. It’s the same conversation in the same window that I never closed. It’s sending email fine and all the other things on the page are working.  Let’s try other contacts.. same thing… Great, lets Google this problem. Tonnes of information. Some having similar but not the same problems. I found a few that have the same problem. Some solved it… but there are 10 different solutions. Should I really try all of them one by one? Let’s just refresh the page. OK… works. Time spent on this problem – 5 mins.

 24.01.2014

So Gmail is giving a temporary unavailable error. Please try again in a few minutes. OK 5 minutes later it works. Now it stopped again.. Can’t send my e-mails. Have to keep trying. Moving on to something else till it sorts itself out. Hopefully by tomorrow morning. Goodnight World…

07/03.2014

There are three printers at work. One has just been replaced. I can’t connect to the new one. Fair enough. Now I can’t connect to any of the others. One of them has no driver for 64 bit on the network. The other one says server unavailable (Just for me – I feel so special). The third one brings no error, but also no results.

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3D Scanning

Posted 10/12/2011 By fernando

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Our new 3D scanner in action. More to come…

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The Old Yet Contemporary Keyboard…

Posted 10/20/2010 By fernando

The Keyboard… This interaction device has been the main way to communicate with the computer for decades. How efficient is it? Is it the best that we can come up with? Is it time for a change? Should there be a change? These are some questions I asked myself after a friend of mine posted an e-mail to about 15,000 people and instead of typing “Dear colleagues,” wrote this:

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Brain Computer Interface

Posted 10/12/2010 By fernando

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This device can detect facial expressions, brain activity and track head movement. Will post more on my new toy as soon as I have more of a play.

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Microsoft Surface Blue Screen

Posted 09/24/2010 By fernando

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And once again, technology shows how reliable it can be. Yes, this is the Microsoft surface. Yes, this does cost between 10,000-12,000 GBP. How did we crash it you ask? Simple, same as our PCs. We did nothing.

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Using screen readers

Posted 09/21/2010 By fernando

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Very informative presentation on screen readers, used to assist users with reading and visual disabilities. Both the presenters are blind (Leonie Watson and Artur Ortega).

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Galvanic skin response sensor.

Posted 09/20/2010 By fernando

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This device is used to measure heart rate and temperature of a participant during a study. Yes, this can also be used as a lie detector. (Taken at North Carolina University – SILS)

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Head-Tracking Glasses

Posted 07/09/2010 By fernando

Building head tracking

for a hands on taste

of building new technologies.

Toys are awesome!

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