We all claim to adore technology, but if we're honest, there's much we loathe about the world of gadgets and gizmos too. Here's our 9 tech pet hates.

We've taken a look at the pet hates of technology, whether it's internal users suffering from IT workers lost in an acronym-filled world, Apple devotees or early adopters who love themselves a bit too much. Here's our round up of the nine worst.

The high cost of owning a smartphone

How about the insanely high cost of owning a smartphone? And we're not talking just about the devices themselves - there are the service contracts, roaming charges, surcharges and other fees on many of these carrier- and network-'exclusive' devices.

One industry estimate: $3,800 (£2,700) for two years of service. "For a lot of folks, the monthly smartphone bill can be as big as, say, a car payment," said an article in PC Advisor's sister website CIO.com.

Terribly trendy tech lines

Waiting in line during food rationing? That's understandable. Waiting in terribly long lines - in the rain or in blazing hot sun - for the release of the newest iPhone? Hmmm. Obsess much?

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  1. We may love technology, but there are some issues we really loathe
  2. Insecurity on the web and tech acronyms
  3. PC start times and DRM
  4. Early adopters and consumer excess
  5. Sucky standardisation

We all claim to adore technology, but if we're honest, there's much we loathe about the world of gadgets and gizmos too. Here's our 9 tech pet hates.

Mass insecurity on the web

Two decades of security research and it often still feels you're just one unfortunate click away from infecting your computer with some virus, having your identity stolen by Eastern European hackers, or spreading malware to hundreds of millions of others on Facebook.

Using public Wi-Fi at a restaurant today? It feels like heading into war without an armour.

Tech acronyms

Hiding behind acronyms and tech terminology ("It's a SaaS-based CRM system with an intuitive UI") is one sure way to get passed over for a promotion - or shown the door.

Empowered business users just aren't having any of it anymore. Real geeks get the business and can communicate effectively. Try some plain-old-English-as-a-Service.

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  1. We may love technology, but there are some issues we really loathe
  2. Insecurity on the web and tech acronyms
  3. PC start times and DRM
  4. Early adopters and consumer excess
  5. Sucky standardisation

We all claim to adore technology, but if we're honest, there's much we loathe about the world of gadgets and gizmos too. Here's our 9 tech pet hates.

The hour or so it takes to start a PC

You can bake a cake, pick up your dry cleaning or take the dog for a walk in the time it takes to start or restart a Windows PC.

It's all thanks to the funky gunk your PC seems to accumulate daily, slowing processing speeds. You could, of course, just wipe your hard drive every six months or so. Or: buy a Mac.

Digital rights management

Wait... what 'rights' do users actually get with DRM technologies? Yeah, not so much.

NEXT PAGE: Early adopters and consumer excess

  1. We may love technology, but there are some issues we really loathe
  2. Insecurity on the web and tech acronyms
  3. PC start times and DRM
  4. Early adopters and consumer excess
  5. Sucky standardisation

We all claim to adore technology, but if we're honest, there's much we loathe about the world of gadgets and gizmos too. Here's our 9 tech pet hates.

Annoying early adopters

Don't you just hate those early adopters who love nothing better than to brag to anyone who will listen about how they're early adopters.

Whether it's the Kindle or the Tandy TRS-80 back in the late 1970s - it was just as annoying back then as it is now.

Consumer excess

We're a society of excess, whether its with food, cars or technology. How many iPods do you own and actually need? (Like this person's collection above.)

How much storage do you really need at work for your email? Me, me, me.

NEXT PAGE: Sucky standardisation

  1. We may love technology, but there are some issues we really loathe
  2. Insecurity on the web and tech acronyms
  3. PC start times and DRM
  4. Early adopters and consumer excess
  5. Sucky standardisation

We all claim to adore technology, but if we're honest, there's much we loathe about the world of gadgets and gizmos too. Here's our 9 tech pet hates.

Sucky standardisation

Whether it's your collection of dusty remote controls, Enterprise Resource Planning apps that don't talk to each other or the fact that there's no universal charger that can work with your laptop, phone and MP3 player - ah, heck, the list goes on and on.

Gadgets should play better together by now


See also: 10 things we hate about technology now

  1. We may love technology, but there are some issues we really loathe
  2. Insecurity on the web and tech acronyms
  3. PC start times and DRM
  4. Early adopters and consumer excess
  5. Sucky standardisation