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Eric Capitol

All-In-One Integrated Devices Suck Ass

Posted on 2007.02.14 at 21:58
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I don't want to watch live television from my cell phone.
I don't want to play games on my mp3 player.
I don't want to download songs on my blackberry.
I don't want to take pictures with any of the above devices.
I like wearing a watch.

I guess I'm just old fashioned.


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-15 04:13 (UTC) (Link)
The pics from the hospital I sent you on 1/29/07 were taken with a Samsung Blackjack that does all of the above.
ehowton at 2007-02-15 04:24 (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps, but this I am sure of - it doesn't do any one thing well.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-15 04:35 (UTC) (Link)
Hey every time I try to read the comments on your post Baby, It's Cold Outside... my I.E. crashes.
ehowton at 2007-02-15 15:41 (UTC) (Link)
That's because IE sucks. Use Firefox.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-15 04:51 (UTC) (Link)
"I don't want to download songs on my blackberry."

You can only do that on the Pearl.

The Black does all of that and much much more but the battery life sucks but it is super thin.
ehowton at 2007-02-15 15:43 (UTC) (Link)
I want to listen to songs on my portable mp3 player exclusively.
jaceman at 2007-02-15 04:51 (UTC) (Link)
But I bet you're open to porn on any of those same devices in addition to waffle irons, refrigerators, stereos, alarm clocks, and "digital shower curtains."
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-02-15 05:34 (UTC) (Link)
I want porn on my waffle iron. And the toaster. And maybe the wok too, because stirfrying would be waaaaay more fun then.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2007-02-15 05:05 (UTC) (Link)
Too true.

I got my Y-Box (X-Box 360) on Monday. I cant believe half the crap this thing does. You can actually stream video, pictures and music from your Windows-based computer to your console. (Not such a big deal since they're about 5 feet away from each other, but you get the idea)

Add to that X-Box Live, CDDB access, DVD player (with a HD-DVD addition for $200), a 20 gig HD and you start to notice that your PC isnt the only PC in the house anymore.
ehowton at 2007-02-15 15:44 (UTC) (Link)
Remember 'WebTV?'
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-02-15 05:29 (UTC) (Link)

I feel so old-fashioned sometimes because I have separate devices for separate functions rather than one giant everything-including-the-kitchen-sink device. But I like it that way and I don't intend to change any time soon.

In fact, I was wondering about the watch thing the other day. A friend of mine claimed that it was easier for him to just check the time on his do-everything-device (after taking it out of his pocket first) than it was to wear a watch, and I was all WTF? over this. And when I asked him if he kept hauling it out of his pocket to impress people and thus compensate for something else, I earned a glare for my comment. Hehe.
ehowton at 2007-02-15 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
Separate devices will ultimately reign king on quality - and even if you could put a full-featured mp3 player in a high-quality digital camera and use it as a phone with web access...the user interface would be a nightmare.
galinda822 at 2007-02-15 16:18 (UTC) (Link)
All-In-One devices make my head explode!

ehowton at 2007-02-15 16:41 (UTC) (Link)

When photogoot and I had the Tower of Power people would come over to watch a movie with us, or whatnot, and often comment to me, "You have too many remotes."


I looked at them as if they were retarded and often explained that we had exactly as many remotes as we needed. We didn't have extra remotes laying around unused. Each remote served a different and unique purpose.

Often I feel I'm alone in this world.
wardlejew at 2007-02-15 16:50 (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes. I just like a good old fashioned game of risk. Yep, the game where you actually role the dice and move the guys around on the board, and sometimes a guy miraculously appears or disappears on the board. The one where you have to use the entire dinner table to play.

Of course. I don't have a cell phone, blackberry, palm pilot thing, or a mp3 player. heck I don't even have a watch.

Someday I'll escape the Matrix....
ehowton at 2007-02-16 14:42 (UTC) (Link)
Boardgames are much more 'family oriented' than video games and its easier to include the entire family in them. Some Friday's we forgo 'movie night' to play boardgames with the kids. It's nice.

And who knows, perhaps someday you'll own a watch?
snapper521 at 2007-02-15 16:50 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah I suppose so.
ehowton at 2007-02-16 14:43 (UTC) (Link)
Your decisiveness is overwhelming.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-02-15 20:05 (UTC) (Link)
I totally support your premise while noting that a PC can do all of these things (when it comes to pictures, I would of course expect to use a D-SLR and then transfer the images of course). To me, the only place for all of this technology to merge is in the PC because it's a multi-purpose device by default. If you don't believe me, ask the EEs. Ask them if in theory CPUs are actually infinite state machines. It will make for a good debate.
ehowton at 2007-02-15 21:16 (UTC) (Link)
when it comes to pictures, I would of course expect to use a D-SLR and then transfer the images of course

And that's how I feel about the mp3 player.
And the blackberry.
And the cell phone.
And the camera.
photogoot at 2007-02-16 05:10 (UTC) (Link)
I could not agree with you more!

The highest forms of technical achievement are uncompromising in their singular pursuit of the primary function. When any device, whether it be an aircraft carrier or a wrist watch, takes on multiple primary functions compromise of all included functions occurs. No way around it. Never has been never will. Its a universal truth.

Besides how F*ing bored do you have to be to need a tv with you everywhere every minute of the day anyway?

I am also really annoyed with the phenomena of lets make it smaller just because we can, not because its more usefull!

I don't think your old fashioned. Rather if we're lucky the present will catch up to us someday.
ehowton at 2007-02-16 15:12 (UTC) (Link)
Your comprehension ability is to be commended, sir. That's exactly it. Its about quality.
irulan_amy at 2007-02-20 19:07 (UTC) (Link)
When people get on kicks, raving about all of the things their cell phone can do I simply say, "Guess what? My cell phone makes and receives phone calls."

I feel your pain. :)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2013-02-10 02:25 (UTC) (Link)
Despite you linking to this in a recent blog post, I wonder if you still think that all-in-one integrated devices suck ass, particularly since you've owned and operated an iPod Touch and an iPhone 4S.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2013-02-10 02:27 (UTC) (Link)
I re-read the sentence with your link again. I think you're trying to say that you don't hold the position you took in this post anymore. I wonder if you could spare a few words to explain your current position in long form, perhaps also discussing how you changed your opinion or why you've doubled down.
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