Who’s the smartest?

So my smart watch isn’t so smart when it doesn’t have its internet umbilical cord.

We’re cruising from Australia to New Zealand.  We don’t have internet.  (Well, we could have internet, if we choose to pay 79c per minute.  It gets cheaper the more you purchase, but the maximum package is ten hours for $199.  It feels like the internet prices you paid twenty years ago.)

But anyway, time-wise New Zealand is two hours in front of Australia, so we have to put our clocks forward.  And my Versa Fitbit, which is also my watch, can’t manage it.

So far as I can work out, you can’t change the time on the Fitbit. It has to be changed in the controlling program, which is on my pc at home.

There may be a way to change it otherwise, but I don’t know how.  So right now I’m going around with a watch that’s set to permanently two hours too slow.

I’d like to think that the smartphone isn’t that smart, but the phone is controlling me, really. I’m not controlling the phone.

That’s smart.

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  1. Paula Lieberman - Reply

    Bad design, bad conceptualization, incompetence and lack of clue or even caring abourt clues in requirements analysis [“requirements analysis? What’s that…” MORONS and worse….], incompetence in test planning and testing… etc. Software keeps getting done ever most STUPIDLY and incompetently.

    It shouldn’t be stupid/inflexible/tied to a single device for configuring/etc…. it’s the same sort of tunnel vision, greed, short-sightedness, and inflexibility which led to all the Y2K panicking, with decades of “ignore the issue, it’s not affecting us Right Now!” coming to fruition

  2. Karen - Reply

    That’s one of the reasons I’m glad User Experience is taking hold. For the first time, ‘talking to end users’ is starting to be a thing.

    I have to say, for me, it wasn’t so much about being tied to a specific device that was a problem. It was more the lack of connectivity. No internet meant I couldn’t even do anything about it. (And there was internet, it was just so horribly expensive. I wasn’t prepared to pay for it.)

    Even answering your email. This is the first time in a week I’ve had proper connectivity. It’s amazing how you take that connectivity for granted.

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