Daily Prompt 3/17/2016 | Technology Shelf Life

Why is it that the more money we spend on computers and phones, the faster they become obsolete? It is infuriating, especially since these days you need to have a smart phone, or a tablet, or convenient access to the internet in your possession to even function in society, but not everyone can afford to run out and get these things the second society demands that you have them.

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In response to The Daily Post’s Daily Prompt 3/17/2016 | Shelf

“Technology has the shelf life of a banana.” ~ Unknown

Everything has a shelf life. Everything. Technology, specifically expensive items it seems, such as computers, phones, cameras, etc., seem to have shorter self lives than most. Why is it that the more money we spend on computers and phones, the faster they become obsolete? It is infuriating, especially since these days you need to have a smart phone, or a tablet, or convenient access to the internet in your possession to even function in society, but not everyone can afford to run out and get these things the second society demands that you have them.

Recently, I have been having some problems with my computer. Long story short, it isn’t really my computer. Well, kind of. I guess? It is a 7 year old hand-me-down that I got from a good friend, over 3 years ago, that he gifted to me when my ex threw me out, keeping my computer. Unfortunately, like most things technology, it has quickly become outdated. I have been having a hard time running more than one or two programs at once, even internet browsers, and forget playing any game that isn’t a Flash game, or has very low graphics requirements. The kicker? The drivers on it are so old, that they don’t even make updates for them anymore.

Yesterday, as an anniversary gift, Kyle bought me the game Stardew Valley, which he knew I have been crazy anxious to get my hands on. I quickly installed it, and played it for a majority of the night with no issue. It is unbelievably fun and addicting, which I will write about later on, hopefully! Unfortunately, when I woke up this morning, the game refused to launch, and keeps getting stuck on an “Preparing to launch Stardew Valley…” screen. This has sent me into a downward spiral of updates, forum searches, and failed installations.

Currently, I am installing Windows updates that I have put off for far too long, which I only have myself to blame for. After over an hour of downloading, I am finally installing update 15… out of 114. It has been an hour and 45 minutes total thus far, and since this process is pretty taxing on my computer’s system, I am unable to do much else. A friend of mine offered to send me one of his spare graphics cards, which would be a huge upgrade for me, but who knows how long that could take. I’m hoping that updating Windows helps, and I am able to play the game again.

It worked PERFECTLY last night, you guys. I’m so sad. Ugh.

Kyle get off work at 2:30 today, so hopefully we can get out of the house to take my mind off of this. First world problems, am I right? I really need a new computer, I know that, but they are so flippin’ expensive! Anyone have one they’d like to donate? Haha.

Thanks for reading, friends! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Jan

Daily Prompt 1/10/2016 | Modern Families

Daily Prompt 1/10/2016 | Modern Families

“If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?”

I think the most shocking thing for someone coming back from the dead to experience is culture shock, especially if it is occurring in the country that they were born and raised. Technology is always changing, and I feel like if I were to introduce my great-great-great-great-auntie to a television, or a computer, or a phone… they would be more accepting of the new technology. The existence of new technology is easy to explain, as I’m sure there were new breakthroughs in science, medicine, and technology happening in whatever time period they are from.

No, I think the biggest shock, at least regarding my family (and, well, a good chunk of the population), is how liberal we are.

And we are liberal.

I’m not talking politics, per se, but more our lifestyle, beliefs, and values. It’s pretty well-known that back in the day, people weren’t so accepting of people who chose to live outside the norm, those who diverted from the path that most people considered righteous and moral. Many are still very unaccepting…

But we’ve come a long way.

Women wear pants now. They have big, important jobs, that take them away from their children. Women are more independent, and are fighting for their rights to equality. And we’ve come such a long way, but are still facing issues that plagued women over 60 years ago.

Our country is filled with beautiful diversity, where people of different races, cultures, and religions can be found in just about every town on the map.

And speaking of religion… people aren’t being burned for not believing, or believing differently than the norm anymore. That was a thing! Sure, we still have our issues regarding religion, but choosing what you want to believe, or not believe, is more widely accepted now. People are more free thinking.

Same-sex couples (and couples of differing ethnicity!) are now able to legally marry in every state in the United States, and in many countries in the world. Despite this being a wonderful thing, many people still frown upon this topic (for whatever reason), but the fact that over 62% of the United States are pro-equality and same-sex marriage, says a lot about how far we’ve come.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

I think my ancestor would be shocked that I chose to have a baby with a man to whom I was not married. They may also be shocked that my household chooses not to believe in any particular religion. I’m sure things like this won’t go over well at the dinner table… I mean, just look at how people are still reacting today to these issues. Heck, me grandmother disowned me in 2005 at 15 when I casually brought up being Agnostic. It is still a big deal to some.

Why my family and I do believe in is equality, acceptance, and love.

There have been many religions since ancient times, but quite a few haven’t really evolved to fit modern society, despite the fact that the human race has evolved immensely. I’m not saying religion is wrong or bad, but the fact that so much of what goes on in our society, and what is deemed as good and bad, revolves around writings in ancient books, and it shouldn’t be that way. It is an issue, and it has set us back as a country, and as a planet. Things that should be progressing (science and medicine, etc.), aren’t progressing like they could be, because people are clinging onto certain things that are no longer relevant in today’s world. We could have already colonized other planets by now, or reversed the damage done to this planet, thus saving future generations from having to wear hazmat suits when they go outdoors! You never know!

I also think modern politicians, selfish corporations, and disgustingly low wages would also come as quite a shock.

But anyway. Yeah. Culture shock.

I can sit my ancestor down at the computer, and show her the internet, and all that it connects us to, at every corner of the world, and all the amazing things that have come into existence in recent years, and she will be amazed… until she sees a photo of two men kissing. *shrug*

That’s my two cents on the topic.

Thanks for reading!

Jan