The Squeaky Robot

A Meddling Robot in a Human's World

Posts tagged “technology

Instagram for the Technologically Inept

Posted on July 3, 2012

“Welcome to Instagram. It’s a fun and quirky way to share your life through photos.” But what if I don’t want to be quirky? I looked down at my socks: one red and one blue. Yes, I am inadvertently quirky enough. ┬áMy initial reaction was to hit the delete button, but my iPhone was new to me then and I couldn’t figure out how. And so this app stuck, and I’m kind of glad it did. For one, Instagram has changed phone photography forever. There used to be a time when a camera on a phone was a spectacularly novel selling point. Never mind that it had, like, two pixels. People still wanted cameras on their phones even though sending pictures was decidedly not…

Apaga La Tele, Vive Tu Vida

Posted on March 23, 2011

It’s amazing what happens when you follow the TVs’ advice, to turn off the TV and live your life. More and more tasks get crossed off the to-do list, there’s more time for people and sleep, and life seems to run just a little bit smoother. The inevitable malfunctions in the system don’t dissipate, but your former outlook on them does, making their relative power weaker and inconsequential. They soon become tiny speed bumps in your life as they’re unavoidable but temporary, and you cherish your ability of moving above and beyond whatever is thrown in your direction. Yes, these TV’s know what’s up. These particularly wise tellies are part of a profusion of graffiti, vandalism, and street scenes that is Valparaiso, Chile. Among…