I May Have Peaked

I have been called the “patron saint of technology.” Often times when a computer or device stops working, my mere presence in the vicinity is sufficient to fix it. I’ve always had a knack for figuring things out and understanding software without much introduction or training. When at my last job, one of my responsibilities was to troubleshoot files from page design software that were defunct. At my current job, when a computer stops working, I’m the guy they call.

I don’t say this to brag, because I’m most certainly defective in other areas. However, technology has always been a strength.

Well, we’ve reached that time that eventually comes in everyone’s life where I can no longer use the most modern technology.

I’ve used a Blackberry for about 5 years. They are wonderful business devices, and I’ve never experienced any trouble using one. I was able to type more than 40 words per minute on my Blackberry Curve, and that’s really saying something given you can only use your thumbs to type.

My Curve, however, had seen better days, and I recently upgraded to a Blackberry Storm – the one with the touchscreen interface. It’s the most up-to-date Blackberry, and I think it’s intended to comIncredipete against the iPhone.

It’s a very impressive feat of engineering. It can do almost anything you can think of – phone, internet, games, applications, it can even display PowerPoint slides on a projector. However, I cannot understand how to make the touchscreen work.

There’s no tactile feedback to let you know where you are. They’ve designed it so it guesses where your thumb is based on 5 keys (4 on each side and one in the middle). However, it’s very easy to skew one way or the other. Even more frustrating is that they’ve designed it so your thumbs can’t cross over the center of the keyboard. If you do, it assumes you mean the adjacent key, because they’ve made the assumption you’ll never cross over.

Perhaps that’s proper Blackberry typing, but it’s not how I typed. If my left thumb typed an a and the next letter was a f, I’d cross my right thumb over, because then I was typing every other letter with the opposite hand – much more efficient. It’s a hard habit to break after 5 years.

For the fun of it, I tried one of the touchscreen computers at Best Buy. I couldn’t make it work right, either.

So alas, I will now start the downward slide towards being an technologically inept old person.

  1 comment for “I May Have Peaked

  1. MR. Carley
    May 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Incredipete, don’t fret, my understanding is the Storm just plain stinks. I turned my fellow coworkers from blackberry freaks to iPhone users, several of them tried the storm first and one of them had it for less than 24 hours before giving up and returning (he was 25 year old). Suck it up and get an iPhone, its great for work and play.

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