I heard on a podcast somebody suggest that we live in prisons of technology
While I get the point the person was trying to make, I don’t necessarily agree with the analogy. You could possibly say we are in ghettos of technology. A ghetto being a place you can walk into, a place you can get out of although sometimes it might be a little bit difficult. Then again, I like to think of my Apple products ghetto as the Apple holiday camp. I chose to walk into this technological holiday camp of my own free will and I am having a great time whilst within. The services provided are fun and entertaining, as well as productive and help me to get things done. It is easier to live just in this one holiday camp than it is to sit astride two holiday camps with a foot in each. I tried that scenario when I bought an Android phone and an Android tablet to go with it. I still had my iPad and my Mac, so you might say I wasn’t truly fully committed to living in that Android ghetto or holiday camp. It wasn’t impossible to jump in between the two places, but it wasn’t much fun either.
Is one holiday camp better than the other?
After trying out the two different holiday camps I can unequivocally say that the Apple camp is much more fun and easier to live in than the Android camp. The Android camp was lovely, interesting and a diversion for the first six months of being in there, but over time there were more annoyances and niggles and in the end I couldn’t wait to get out of the place. Some people wouldn’t be bothered by the services and facilities that were annoying me and that’s okay. It all depends on what you want to do and whether you expect to have the latest and the shiniest of new possibilities in your holiday camp. In the Android holiday camp, the swimming pool water had turned green and the owners of the place had stopped repainting the walls. There were workers outside the holiday camp with a new operating system in a wheelbarrow waiting to come in, but the owners hasn’t noticed they were there. It’s as if they wanted you to pay for a complete new holiday camp in order to get the latest and greatest new toys. It’s no wonder I went back to the Apple holiday camp where the new toys get installed as soon as they are ready. Apple applies paint to the walls and cleans the swimming pool to keep everybody within as happy as can be.
Prison, ghetto or holiday camp
Do you feel you are imprisoned by your technology? Perhaps you have to go with the Android because that’s all you can afford, so it feels more like a prison or a ghetto. It’s difficult to get out of and you have to make the best of it. Perhaps you aspire to moving to the Apple holiday camp and joining the happy campers or have you given up. Or have you been taken in by that syndrome and you have now started to cheer on the prison guards or the kidnapper. This might make you feel better in the short term but in the end you know you’d prefer to go and live in the other holiday camp. The two businesses providing similar services are competing with each other and that’s a good thing. It’s like the nuclear arms race for the technological holiday camps. Both places get better over time and the inmates all get a little happier. This is not to say that everybody is happy in either of the places. Even in the Apple holiday camp there are grumpy hard to please people always looking for extra improvements. Some people are never happy and were born to moan and others are just seeing how things could be improved and are just making helpful suggestions. When it comes down to it, neither of the two places are perfect. All I can say is that I’m living the life of a happy camper and I don’t feel imprisoned by my technology choices. What about you, how does your technology make you feel?