Ramblings from the Warrior's Den
Sunday, January 05, 2003
 
(Note: I wrote this one on the Axim too, and I'm too lazy to proofread it much.)

In my continuing efforts to get this thing to be able to read my crummy handwriting, I am still writing a lot of random stuff. For reasons unexplained to anyone but the geeks who design these things, it actually seems to be improving. Through hours of hard work and perserverence, I have managed to get to the point where I only need to rewrite every sentence about ten times or so to get any sort of intelligible result. Every once in a while it even manages to get something right the first time.

Anyway, school starts again for me tomorrow. I'm just now starting to get into the meat of the degree program I an pursuing. After spending a good portion of time on a bunch of prerequisites and classes which I didn't much care for, it's nice to be able to start taking useful classes l can actually learn stuff from. Anyone who knows me well enough to be reading my Blog has probably heard me rant In my usual long-winded Fashion about school, any particularly the degree program that I'm in. There seems to Ise a lot of classes I've taken in which I've learned little to nothing useful. In some cases, l could have practically taught the class :n question. I imagine that tle people in charge don't care much what I think about the Program as long as I keep paying my tuition.

I'll probably end up writing a long- winded rant on the subject one of these days, but probably not on this thing. On a good day, my writing is bad enough, if I tried lo rant on this thing, the result would probably take days to proofread. I'd probably manage to scratch the crap out of the screen too. From what I've read. the digitizer is a rather costly part to replace too. Maybe I'll try it after I buy some good screen protectors.

So far, I haven't had much chance to use this thing for any useful purpose yet, and in fact have yet to take it much past "new toy" status. Ostensibly, it was purchased to be used for school, but I would be lying if I tried to say I wasnwas't a gadget freak. I have a long history of buying high- tech gadgets first, and trying to come up with some sort of useful purpose for them later.

My cell phone was purchased because I could use it to browse the Internet. of course, it could only go to something like five sites in cheese lo-res text mode, and the fact that I could get my e-mail from almost anywhere didn't change the fact that it was 95% spam, but at least I could get that spam wherever 1 wanted, whenever I wanted. Never mind the fact that l used my phone for all of ten minutes last month. Recently I was looking at newer models, Mostly because those ones can play pac-man at three frames per second. I probably wouldn't use the new one much more than I use My current one, but I would feel smug in knowing that any urges to chonp dots at low FPS in the Middle of Nowhere could be satiated. (The fact that this thing can do the same thing at a whopping 15 Frames a second is apparently irrelevant.)

This fascination with gadgets of questionable utility is nothing new. All throughout history, people have pursued all manner of bright shiny objects of questionable use. The ongoing pursuit of such items is responsible for a good portion of recorded human history. A good portion of recorded history documents Man's ongoing quest to beat up their Fellow man and take their stuff. In many cases, there is little or no need for said stuff, but people feel the need to take it anyway. The people who had their stuff taken usually wanted it back, and proceeded to beat up the people who took it in the first place. This process hail an annoying tendency to leave a lot of people dead, which if you think about it is a pretty silly thing to end up dead over. Throught history, this process has resulted in wars, famines, and the rise of The Sharper Image stores in the shopping malls of modern civilizations.

Another consequence of this ongoing Pursuit of new and exciting gadgets, especially those of a mobile nature, is the fact that you have to find some way to carry them all around with you. Sure, six ounces doesn't seem like much, but try carrying it around on a belt clip all day with ill-fitting jeans. Someday someone is going to get very rich By devising a way for people to comfortably carry all the:r gadgets around without looking like a total dork. And yes. I know people have tried already, but the non-dorkiness requirement has yet to be fulfilled.

We live in a day and age where information is quite literally at our fingertrps. Whether or not it does us much good to actually have it there remains to be seen.

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