@ircon96 I knew there was a retro fad for film (again), and I’ve even cashed in on it; my film crisper’s contents actually were gladly received, despite a couple of the rolls having a stale date in 1998. The film crisper has been repurposed as the spice crisper as a result. I still have my 1962-vintage Nikon F, not that I anticipate using it anytime soon, if ever - but it would continue to work after the EMP from a nuke over downtown had wiped out every electronic device this side of San Antonio. (I might not fare so well, though.) The real hardcore types might want my Speed Graphic. (Mint condition.)
Every “smart” kitchen appliance. Some I feel are particularly pointless, like an IoT coffee maker. Sure, one could remotely start it, but water and grounds still needs to be added manually; at that point, it’s not that hard to hit “brew”.
Car ignition switch systems and the wiring for the exterior lights (turn signals, etc.) Whoever came up with the “body control modules” that afflict too much of recent and current production needs to pay for his own damn repairs out of his own pocket.
All of this! And rolling down the back window listening to cassettes. I hate key fobs — conspiracy to replace $1.99 spare keys with $100+ fobs. Chunky, clunky, and costly. Nope! Get off my lawn and take all your beeps and buzzing seats and flashing lights with you! I’m trying to drive here!
@Kyeh@narfcake@werehatrack Re: car windows - I’d settle for just being able to roll the windows up/down without having to start the engine. I mean, WTF!?! If you’ve got the magic fob in your pocket, you should be able to operate any accessory, but no.
@detailer@heartny@katbyter@Kyeh@narfcake@Tadlem43@werehatrack And who’s the genius that decided the trunk no longer needed its own key lock, just a powered door release button? In my late father’s 2009 Hyundai Sonata, when the battery dies, you’d better not have anything you need in the trunk, cuz you’ll need to crawl through the back seat with a flashlight (hopefully not in the trunk) to get to it. And, if it’s too large to fit through the split seat opening, you’re out of luck. I’m just guessing about this, since I’ve never wrestled with it myself… They’d prob find my corpse stuck in there when somebody realized they haven’t heard from me in awhile. Or when the buzzards started circling.
I’d actually prefer a hard-key ignition with or without a trivially easy-to-remove lock cylinder. I’d add my own anti-theft measures that a thief would have difficulty recognizing or bypassing, and achieve security through obscurity while preserving the economy of repairability that no fob-and-button system can match.
@tweezak I still know the phone numbers that matter.
I still know lots of stuff.
The difference is I now have a magic box that can (on a good day) find the stuff I need to know, that I don’t.
Or show me the many, many cool, interesting, informative, educational, and/or funny things that I serendipitously stumble into on a near daily basis.
I’m making no distinction between a phone and computer here, the only difference to me is screen size and speed. I don’t have much use for a cell phone. I have a LOT of use for a networked computer in my pocket.
@blaineg I’m guessing you are old enough to have gone through childhood without a smartphone. The damage to society by phones is that young people never knew life without them, are totally dependent on them and are perfectly willing to sacrifice their rights and privacy for the convenience.
I’m concerned that kids today can’t function without them. And they are kept as addicted as possible so their info, movements, browsing and shopping habits can be sold to the highest bidder.
@ironcheftoni My 45-year-old Maytag does everything I need that a smart washer can do, and never complains about anything. I had to repair it recently, and every single part except one was available. The one that wasn’t available didn’t really matter, because I could easily make a substitute. It has zero solid state electronic components, no printed circuits or integrated circuits of any kind, and a clockwork timer switch to control everything. I plan on keeping it in service. I like it. It just washes clothes. Nothing else.
@ironcheftoni@werehatrack My 25+ year old Kenmore/Whirlpool washer, dryer and fridge are similar. I deliberately bought the dumbest appliances I could find. When things occasionally go wrong, they are cheap and easy to fix.
My sister has a semi-smart stove. No internet foolishness, but a digital display, and pushbutton controls. I can’t remember what killed it, but the electronics died, and the repairman was estimating $4-500 to replace the board and repair it.
I offered to take a look at it, and there were some very obviously smoked power transistors (or whatever, it’s been a while). With a little work I found the parts and replaced them for about $40. Fortunately the controller chip was fine.
@werehatrack I just replaced mine that finally became too expensive to repair. I hate the new one. While it doesn’t have the wifi controls, it has a door lock that doesn’t allow you to throw in extra items after the cycle has started.
A.I. in products, period. They can NEVER predict what I want to do or need next. From the predictive text to the emails advertising what I just bought (from the same company), A.I. fails badly. And entrepreneurs are putting A.I. into cars?
This AI creates authoritative sounding garbage. What a breakthrough.
But can it do content-free MBA-buzzword-speak nonsense? That would be a real boon; we could start recycling the main cause of the idiocy in US businesses as gator chow, and with the AIs issuing memos in their place, no one would be the wiser.
@heartny agreed on the light bulbs, at least the few “smart” ones we have tried for some outoor fixtures.
Sure, you can turn them on and off and change colors from your phone… but if anyone so much as looks at them funny, or flips the physical switch off and on quickly, or the wi-fi router resets, or any number of other circumstances… now your lights either don’t turn on at all, or turn on but sit there blinking, waiting for some remote command while you furiously google how to reprogram them because you lost the instructions ages ago.
The kitchen in the house I bought has a smart faucet. I’ve lived with smart door locks, thermostats, lights, speakers, and doorbells, and I can confidently say that the smart faucet is by far the dumbest one. I wouldn’t say that the rest of those things are better than just a basic normal version, but they at least offer some advantages to counteract the disadvantage. The smart faucet is just a huge pain in the ass.
But even more than that, I’m tired of smart things being imposed on me. My last apartment building forced us to live with smart locks, and my house came with a smart thermostat, faucet, and doorbell. The only smarthome stuff I’ve actually opted into is lights.
I got my heart set on having a red trash can for my kitchen, and the only one I could find at the time had a touch-free motion sensor lid. But the damn thing opened every time I walked past it! So I took out the batteries and now I just open it manually, which is fine.
@Kyeh Yeah. It’s like having an oversized baby bird in your kitchen. When it sees you, it opens its mouth to be fed. I gave up on those long ago. Now I have SimpleHuman trash cans in the kitchen and baths. They have no lids. These may not be the best idea with cats in the house, though.