I’ll admit, I get a little cranky sometimes. I guess we all can, and sometimes it’s a good thing to vent. So here’s a list of the top 5 things in tech that are really getting on my nerves today – see how many you agree with.
And whatever you do, please don’t take this 100% seriously, because I’m not really half as cranky as I sound. In fact, I’m quite a happy guy that likes nothing more than lazing around in the garden watching his chickens scratch.
Saying Twitter Killed RSS
It seems like it’s become fashionable to valiantly proclaim that RSS is dead, and that ‘people get all their news through Twitter’. If that’s true, then I hope your BS-filtering skills are highly tweaked, because the signal to noise ratio on Twitter is immense. After you’ve finished wading through the spam and endless re-tweets, you then have to work out which tweets are just outright lies told by foolish trolls. I’m betting most of those few great links you find through Twitter are actually posted via an RSS->Twitter auto-tweet system anyway.
The fact is that RSS still powers a large portion of the open web through sites such as If This Then That. If anything, I’d say that bookmarks are dead. What’s the first thing I do when I come across a site with great articles? I certainly don’t bookmark it, or look for their Twitter username. Instead, I subscribe to their RSS feed so I don’t have to type in the URL ever again. I then get full articles from that site delivered to me to read at my leisure.
“But Twitter is CURATED” you cry, “Human-chosen results!” Great. If I wanted that kind of curation, I’d watch Fox News so my world view could be completely distorted. “It’s a great way to promote your business” you say? So you’re basically spamming Twitter? Keep up the good work, sir!
I’ve been called this a lot, and I’ll admit it really does get on my nerves like nothing else can. Not on a personal level, because I’ve never taken much notice of anyone who labels me anything really – but more on a logical argument basis.
Since when did liking a product to the extent that you’re willing to recommend it to others mean your opinions are worthless? As if the very act of being passionate about something is shameful. To have a worthy opinion on the Internet, you must be either 100% “meh” about everything, or take a Wikipedia-like non-biased opinion, refusing to admit evidence related to user experience and focusing on pure hardware stats instead.
Do we really need to add a disclaimer at the beginning of every article that says “I like this product and recommend it, so please go ahead and disregard everything we say because we’re obviously fanboys”?
It’s a stupid word, and a pathetic attempt to invalidate an opinion because you don’t have a good argument yourself. Please, stop labelling people fanboys just because you haven’t found something yourself to be a fan of yet. If someone is making an illogical argument, it will be plainly obvious enough and won’t require you to scream fanboy.
I’m so sick of this un-original, non-addictive, over-marketed steaming pile – but when the media has shouted it in your face enough, suddenly it becomes the pinnacle of mobile gaming. Oh, and that real life Angry Birds video that did the rounds? That really wasn’t funny at all by the way, so you can stop posting it to Facebook now. What’s that – you haven’t seen it yet?
But is all this hate justified? Not according to GameFront. It’s only when I read the comments that I came across this gem though:
The success of Angry Birds is that it can be what people want it to be. Someone can just flail birds for a few levels and watch stuff fall over. Others can try to work through all the levels and get a sense of accomplishment that way (because as I said some levels do require some skill to complete at all). Others still can really examine the levels in detail to come up with their idea of an optimal solution.
Wow – you’d think Angry Birds is the height of gaming after reading that.
Honestly though, what can I expect from a game labelled by Fox News as one of the “Top 10 Apps Of 2010”?
Augmented Reality & StarBucks In Particular
Augmented Reality began years ago in Japan with a simple Flash plus webcam tech demo, and quickly became the next best thing since sliced bread, which wasn’t that cool to begin with anyway. Now while I admit that some augmented reality apps for mobile have found a use for many people – those who can’t read maps, for example – it’s this kind of stuff from StarBucks and Nintendo that really does my head in!
I’m sure it’ll be a hit with the kind of people that go to Starbucks, but to me this is just a huge waste of money that could otherwise be spent bettering the world in some way. If Starbucks has so much profit that they can spend it on stuff like this, how about a little more philanthropy, or even lowering the price of coffee so it costs less than liquid gold?
That’s it, I’m all out of rage now. Feel the need to call me an RSS fanboy? Disgusted by the fact I think a corporation should be told what to do with their vast profits? Ready to defend Angry Birds as the best game, ever? Or how about you – what really annoys you in the world of tech and the Internet today? Let us know in the comments!