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10 things we hate about technology now

From buzzwords and Twitter addiction to, er, Apple

What do we really hate about technology? Here's my current top 10 list.

Sure, spyware, spam and wireless routers that have the lifespan of a mosquito annoy us all. But what do we really hate about technology? Here's my current top 10 list:

1. People Who Talk on Smartphones 24/7. One would think that I'd be over this by now. No, I'm not. It's 2009, people! You're not cool or special just because you can talk away on your pink BlackBerry Pearl. You're just like everybody else! Now get back in your Hummer, drive home to your McMansion and watch "Real Housewives of Orange County" on your 100in HDTV. Thanks.

2. Cloud Computing. I'm mere days away from spontaneously vomiting every time I hear some tech vendor CEO or industry pundit use this overhyped and nebulous phrase (see Wall Street Journal article for more disgust). Saleforce.com is not helping my cause. Its new corporate tagline: 'The Enterprise Cloud Computing Company'.

3. The Hour or So It Takes to Start a PC. Seriously! Seriously? It's ridiculous how long it takes to start or restart a Windows PC these days. Shouldn't we have improved this by now? I hope Gordon Brown targets this as one of the key inefficiencies dragging down the economy.

4. Moronic High-Tech Product Names. Listen, I know most of the good names have been taken already (see our list of how 10 of the most famous got their iconic names), but there's got to be something better out there than G1, Yatt'it and Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform (thanks to The Pollywog Blog for the ammunition).


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