Quirky Little Things #7

Here is an interesting comic I found comparing technology in 2001 to technology now.

http://all-that-is-humor.com/2001-vs-2011/

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~Jacob Montgomery

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OPINION: Why I don’t want to “Just Deal With” an Only-Online System

Yesterday, Microsoft Studio’s Creative Director, Adam Orth, was tweeting about an “On-All-The-Time” future, and how people aren’t with the times of the Internet. He got in an argument with a BioWare employee, Manheer Heir, and told him to just “deal-with” the online future. However, I don’t think Heir is alone here. I along with many other people find reasons why there should be an offline option for games. The following is a string of Tweets from Orth, about what he expects from electronics and electronics consumers, before his “deal with it” tweet.

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Although the beginning might be exaggerated, the end tweets are surprising. Every system always-on? I don’t think so. In 2012, Microsoft announced that they had sold 76 million units, and that only 46 million subscribed to XBOX Live. A little more than half. That still leaves 30 million users who are not connected to the Internet, and therefore, by an always-on system, couldn’t even operate it. But don’t worry, they can just “deal with it”.

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However, there are other problems that could arise from online systems. Internet connection problems are commonplace, and if any console wants to sell well as an online system, the WiFi infrastructure has to be greatly improved first. If I can’t rely on something to work at least 90% of the time, I’m not going to spend my time OR money on it.

Microsoft has not officially commented about their system being always-on, but since these tweets, an unspecified source said to Kotaku that “If the connection is interrupted then after a period of time — currently three minutes, if I remember correctly — the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started,” referring to the next XBOX.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment with feedback or your thoughts in the comments below!
~Jacob Montgomery

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All pictures are from IGN http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/05/microsoft-creative-director-on-always-online-deal-with-it

OPINION: How Technology has Changed Politics

“I’ll change the posture of our federal government from being one of the most anti-science administrations in American history to one that embraces science and technology” – President Barack Obama

Like it or not, we are heading into a purely digital future. While schools, communities, and many careers have steered towards all digital, one of the most digitally receptive area is the government. For a long time, this country has been pushing its youth to become world leaders, and to do this, they must be technologically adept. Not only does the youth have to be familiar with technology, but the entire citizenship. Even today, the President will be chatting with anyone who wants to on a Google+ hangout. This not only allows his reflections on the speech to reach as many people as possible, but also to be able to relate. Imagine just being able to visit in with the President from your home, for no cost. Almost everyone in this country has a way to access the internet. That means that anyone with an internet connection can listen to the President present his thoughts.

Everybody is so involved in technology, it is unbelievable. It is a rare sight indeed to be out in public for an hour and not see a smartphone. Everything, from transportation to work, to home, has been influenced by technology. The way we interact, the way we learn new information, and the way that we relate to one another. The politics industry is trying to capitalize on this and reach as many people as possible. Now, you don’t need a TV to watch the presidential debates, just the internet.

However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. The more people that are informed about political standpoints, the better. And, more often that not, the people who know nothing about politics are the people who complain the most about it. That is, not to mention the publicity that I’m sure President Obama is receiving from this event.

Thanks!

Jacob Montgomery

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Daily Prompt: Call Me, Maybe

Hey,

I think that I’m going to try out these daily prompts, so that everyone can get to know me a bit better. The prompt for today is:

 Describe your relationship with your phone. Is it your lifeline, a buzzing nuisance, or something in between?”

Personally, I rarely use my phone. The only reason is is emergencies, when I need someone to pick me up, or to coordinate an event. I am not one who texts five times a minute, and frankly, I find those who do that annoying. I was once accidentally added to a phone conversation between some of my friends who do do that, and I got very frustrated. I was trying to get some work done, and my phone kept vibrating every 15 seconds.

As I do not have a smartphone, I really don’t have much use for it otherwise. The few games I can get are versions of Tetris, Bubbles, or Solitaire. It is rare to see me outside with my phone out and being actively used (Normally, I just remove and replace my case for an hour or so).

That’s all for now!

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Thanks!
Jacob Montgomery