Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Magic Technology Wizardry

magic technology wizardYou think, with all the technology that surrounds us every day, that the general population may have started to get a grip on the nature of the devices and gizmos that make our lives tick. You know, realizing that it's not some wizard inside that makes things tick but rather there are electronic chips and such things behind the apparent magic. Then you read a quote like this in the Wall Street Journal's review of the latest greatest do-dad:
In fact, during my tests, I dropped the nano several times, deliberately, from a height of about 3 feet, and it didn't miss a beat. I also wore it around my neck on the lanyard during a couple of hours of pounding treadmill exercise, and it never skipped or froze.
He dropped it, deliberately, from three whole feet, and the electronics didn't stop working—amazing! Does he mean to say that the jolt failed to bump the electrons inside the iPod circuitry from their intended paths? Simply incredible... wait, no. It's exactly what one would expect. It seems as though the reviewer in question thinks that the iPod has a really tiny record player or CD drive inside it or something that would skip a beat when bumped.

I suppose it's a pretty hard concept to grasp, but lots of technological devices—the new iPods included—don't have any moving parts. So jogging on the treadmill is a pretty silly test of durability, unless the treadmill happens to have a built-in giant electromagnet or x-ray machine or something. But hey, when did lack of knowledge about a subject ever stop a reporter from writing about it? Never, that's when.

Source: Wall Street Journal via Everett Herald
image sourceCategories: Sci/Tech


Anonymous Elyse said...

Cool. On the subject of ignorance and tecnology there is a family at my church that has no compys. No internet. At all! I don't think that's a good idea that is really a hinderence in today's society. The Mom calls them evil. *shakes head* Of course compy's /can/ be used for bad things buit they can also be used for good things.

12:26 PM, September 14, 2005  

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