Aren’t “improvements” supposed to make your life easier?

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

Aren’t “improvements” supposed to make your life easier?The more dependent we become on technology, the more we are forced to suffer through countless upgrades and “improvements.

In most cases, we like things just the way they are and then for some inexplicable reason our product or service is “upgraded” and we either lose some functionality or we have to waste a considerable amount of time adjusting to the changes.

And in the worst case scenario the upgrade simply causes our technology to NOT work at all … at least until a new “fix” is concocted.

I once paid a hundred dollars for a security system upgrade only to later discover that many of the features that I had come to depend on were NOT included in the product. So I actually paid good money to get an inferior product.

My guess is the IT developers must justify their positions by constantly coming up with “something.”

Whether or not that “something” is useful or beneficial doesn’t seem to matter.

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Lisa Wetzel
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I'm definitely not a techie person ... I appreciate that many of these improvements do make our life easier but the learning curve can make it difficult.  I rely on my assistant ... she can do this stuff in her sleep.

August 29, 2011 03:25 PM
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William Feela
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Richard...I find very few tech improvements that have made life easier.

August 29, 2011 07:20 PM
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Michelle Gibson
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Richard - My husband and I were just having a conversation about technology upgrades this evening and how some are completely useless.

August 29, 2011 10:07 PM
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Marie Graham
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Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY

Technology is no different from so many other things that are new and improved, but for me, technology is like science fiction-no boundries to what is possible, and therefore, harder to understand. We may like what we have, but new and imporved gives us a new reason to buy.

A local radio station does a daily mix of music and memories of a certain year. The other day they did one that included a commercial for a laundry detergent that included a towel in that box of detergent. Turns out the 'improvement' was the additon of the towel. Am I the only one who would choose more detergent over a cheap towel??

August 30, 2011 12:18 AM
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners

Richard - I have always contended that the tool is slave to man, but too many application developers seem to have the opposite opinion.

August 30, 2011 03:06 PM
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