I think we are seeing the effects of the expected long hours - that 60-80 work week being a badge of honor; the effects of the dependency on IT services, without the budget/forethought to provide the needed staff/support and maintenance; the get it deployed and fix it later attitude; deliverables forcing the never having the time to do it right, but always time to do it again; unrealistic project management and project goals/deliverables; threat of outsourcing/off-shoring; corporate treating staff as resources rather than as people; etc., etc., etc.
It doesn't surprise me to tell the truth. One of the reasons that I got out of I.T. (although, no one truly never really leaves I.T.)
I cant replace the battery
That should read "I CAN replace the battery"
I refuse to go with Apple, because I don't want a phone that I can't put a memory card in, or change a battery in. I refuse to go with Android because I don't want to get into bed with google and every time there is an Android update, it seems that some of your security settings are over written or everything is transferred to/from google. And most of all, I completely despise touch screen keyboards. 75% of the time when I used my wife's iphone (and past android device) that damn touchscreen/keyboard would never work or respond to my touch/gestures (I'm talking not working/responding, not just fat-fingering an entry) - hence the love for a physical tactile keyboard.
My Blackberry Q10 solves virtually all of that, though occasionally (rarely) I do run into the touchscreen issue. I cant replace the battery, I can upgrade the memory card as needed, I can drop in a new SIM (the Q10 from Verizon is unlocked to begin with) card with no issues. The only real potential problem could be the lack of app support - but honestly, I have never found this to be an issue or a significant concern.
I went from an old Samsung N400 half-flip phone, to a Palm Pilot Treo, and held on to that for almost 6 years, before I went to the BB Q10. I don't have a single regret with that decision - my daughter in laws, son in law, sister/brother in laws all with iPhones, Droids, and Windows phones always seems to have issues (battery life, connectivity, etc.) where my Q10 ends up being the go to phone for when those issues occur. Simply it just works and the year and a half I've had it, I've only needed to do reboot once. Put my vote in for BB for best stability.
"Gee Brain, I guess that's what the children would look like if me and Pippi Longstocking got married"
For those that don't get the reference
I couldn't agree more (and I will likely be call an 0ld-Ph@r7 and a progress Luddite that hates change). How long has it been since they started with this "ribbon" crap (2006? 2007?) and still to this day I long for the old simple, intuitive, efficient, File, Edit, etc., menu. What has it been? 8 years now? I think that is plenty of time to "get used to the ribbon" like I was told when it started. Like you said, it still creates aggravation with no upside.
I have no problem with change.... It's just: If it ain't broke, don't fix it > change for the sake of change
Remeber, this was the mainstream distribution media for software for ~30 years (how often did you have to return original SW due to a bad floppy?). It only started to go down hill after the push to obsolete the floppy by Apple. By this point, it was just a race to the bottom and a checkmark option offered by the x86 PC manufacturers.
I remember having to send a bunch of floppies with WordPerfect for Dos back to WordPerfect.... But that wasn't due to a bad floppy, well it was, but not due to unreliability... It was due to WordPerfect being shipped from the factory with the Jerusalem-B virus on it.
I had a similar experience with a set of progressive lens also. My doctor didn't push the progressives, but did recommend that I give them a try. He did say they are not for everyone. So I though, hey, why not give it a go.
Worst mistake I had made with those damn progressives. I had an zone of focus that amounted to looking through a straw, and everything else being out of focus. Any time that I moved my head to look at something else, the out of focus areas would rise and fall in a wave like motion as they came into the focused zone. Now, I'm not typically one to get motion sickness, or seasick, but I tell you, those progressives did mess with me. I gave them a good six weeks to "get used to them" and it didn't happen. Took them back and had the lens replaced with regular ones, and haven't looked back since.
I know people that have progressives and love them, but I have talked with just as many people that hated them. I'm in the latter group. I would not recommend them at all.
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