This device will self destruct in…

August 23, 2010

Remember the classic scene in each Mission Impossible episode when the “device” carrying the mission assignment would self destruct in 5 seconds? So many of us loved that gag, because, from the average consumer’s perspective, it was absurd to imagine such a fancy device intended to destroy itself by design. Of course, it seems plausible for the equipment of a top secret team of elite agents. It’s a stretch to think we, as simple civilians, would have self-destroying equipment. (This tamper-proof USB storage device is the only one I’ve heard about in recent years.) Other than my old PC’s power supply*, I don’t recall the last time a piece of my electronics blew itself to smithereens.

This was all brought to mind when I was recently shopping for Read the rest of this entry »

ET’s Predictions (Year 2)

August 18, 2010

In keeping with Explain Technology’s anniversary tradition, it’s time to make some predictions about the technology market as it impacts new users of technology and how we who explain technology may need to acclimate. From my perspective, the future looks pretty sweet, and so this can be pretty short… Read the rest of this entry »