Has it ever happened to you? You make a statement about a certain technology and how it's not for you, and then you eventually grow to love it? This has happened to me recently, and let me tell you, it is some seriously tech flavored humble pie. Given the pace of innovation, we're all pretty much bound to be proven wrong when we say these sorts of things, so why, oh why, do we persist in making such statements?
After the discomfort that I experienced when trying several different pairs of active noise canceling headphones, I pretty much wrote this technology off. Yes, a very foolish thing to do, especially given how incredibly in love I am now with my Bose QuietComfort 15s — I can't bear to fly without them. I broke down after reading the community response my headphone traveling post and after having friends insist that I give this technology at least one more try. It would be an understatement to say that I am so glad that I listened! With the long trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic flights I have done this year, they have been invaluable, and I don't think it's possible to go back to passive noise canceling while flying ever again.
Another bit of tech humble pie recently was served to me by my Android loving friends, due to me discovering an Android tablet that I actually liked. After being confused and frustrated by the UI and disappointed by the design choices of other Android tablets, I was struck by just how different the Nexus 7 is. The device is easy to use and is actually a pleasure to operate. I never thought the day would come when I would recommend an Android tablet to a friend… but that day came last week.
Other tech statements I have had to take back: "Netflix and other streaming services won't work out that well in NYC for those of us without fiber (ok, that one I am still kind of sticking to, thanks to terrible internet in the city)," "The Apple TV is not terribly useful," and this gem: "No way will two year mobile contracts catch on."
What about you — what's the tech humble pie that you've had to eat?
Joelle loves technology and making things and is in an almost perpetual state of problem solving. She's quite fond of airplanes and coffee and is pretty sure she will eventually read all of the books in her library.
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