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I’m breaking up with technology today

September 8th, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Today is one of those days — one of those exceedingly rare days — where I want to break every single thing I own that has a battery or is plugged into the wall into thousands of pieces. My wireless phone service is screwed up on an account level, my Logitech Harmony remotes aren’t working (when they work, they’re cool, but they should hire new engineers and software developers because it’s an embarrassment to mankind), my 27-inch iMac’s tilt hinge just broke, my home’s SmartThings hub is acting up because I have like 100 devices and automated lights aren’t working, and the list goes on and on.

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I must feel exactly how those people feel who constantly ask you for help because they don’t understand technology, and it feels disgusting. The difference is that I am going to get through this short phase. I am going to be able to update, reboot, reconfigure and restart.

But it’s a harsh reminder that as far as we have come (and we have come so damn far), we are still not even close to having  everything working seamlessly together without issue. Devices are released and replaced too quickly, new technology and software is released too soon, and it’s only going to speed up, not slow down. And the amount of things that contain electronics surrounding us is just so great, that it all has to fail at some point.

I just kind of want a StarTac today.


Jonathan Geller is the founder of Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, and one of the biggest tech & mobile destinations in the world.

BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010 and Jonathan is President and Editor-in-chief of BGR Media, LLC. Jonathan was named to Forbes' coveted 30 under 30 list in 2016, and frequently appears as a commentator on news channels such as CNBC, Fox News, ABC News and Bloomberg.

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