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Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” He was obviously speaking before the invention of many of the technologies we use today, which we now know are certain to frustrate us at times.

There is always that one piece of technology that frustrates above all others. But which gadget, dear reader, have you found to be the most frustrating of all? We want details, and we want them now. Tell us your stories.

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We want to know, What’s The Most Frustrating Piece Of Technology Ever?

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It’s a fact of life that technology goes bad, and it’s just a matter of time before that gadget you once adored develops a problem of some kind. If you’re lucky, it’ll work for years before falling foul of this unavoidable fate. And if you’re unlucky, it’ll start annoying you within days of purchase.

We want to know your personal stories of frustrating technologies. Is there one particular piece of technology which has failed to cooperate fully throughout its pitiful existence? Or have you suffered at the hands of a particular brand or type of gadget?

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Please recount your tales of frustrating pieces of technology in the comments section below. Partly because reading about your misfortunes will provide us with a few laughs, and partly because it will enable us to compile a list of the most frustrating gadgets of all time.

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