Sitting on the corner couch of a cosy sidewalk cafe, working on a deadline that's taken fifteen hours of your sleep. You can literally smell the finish line and have been clogging your bladder for the past two hours just to experience the full satisfaction of submitting that assignment. You can already hear the DreamWorks opening soundtrack and smell the butter-flavoured popcorn. It seems like a sealed deal, until your computer crashes and all hope of freedom is lost in the sound of a ''battery drained'' notification. Laptop, iPad, iPhone or Crackberry as useful as they are, they're all useless without a charger.
Lord forbid we ever actually have to walk up to the television screen and manually change the channel. What type of world catastrophe would have taken place for that to even be considered? Where some may look at this and think ''lazy'', the Live team think ''convenience''. Imagine you're sitting on the couch Tweeting in one hand and holding a sandwich in the other with your Macbook on your lap? Surely it'd make more sense to just use a remote? That's called creative thinking.
Headphones are probably one of the few gadgets left that only have a one core function, everything else does EVERYTHING including what their meant for. In this world of intrusive people and personal space invaders, how would you clearly express your lack of interest in someone's conversation were it not for the drowning out effect of headphones?
We've all been moved by the ''Piracy is a crime'' adverts screened before a movie and just after the highlights. We've all sworn to stop purchasing DVDs and Series on the black market but , like every diet or habit, we fall off the wagon the second we're tempted with a new season of Mad Men or Suits. To be fair we can't be solely to blame for not wanting to wait a week to catch the next episode of Good Wife on SABC. The blame should be shared with whoever invented hard drives and flash drives. If the system wants us to stop ''stealing'' , they need to take away the tools (please don't ban hard drives).
Everyone is a blogger and photographer these days and with the introduction of platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr, people are readily sharing their personal lives and intimate moments with the world. It's a crime to be caught without a camera these days, how else are you going to compile an entire album of yourself listed ''Me"' or "Your Girl"' or ''Just Me, All Day''? And how are you going to let the world know when you're visiting a friend or having coffee or share a picture of your dinner with us? You know, the things that REALLY matter in life.
The Perfect 10: Gadgets We Can’t Live Without
by: Chido Vanessa Dandajena - 19 July 2013
Teacher: “What five things do humans need to survive?”
Student: “Air, water, food, shelter and warmth.”
*Fast track to 2013*
Teacher: “Name five things that humans need to survive?”
Student: “Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Macbook and Blackberry.”
Times are rapidly changing and what we deem as necessity is shifting from the more practical to the most comfortable and convenient. Since this is not the Stone Age, I asked around to find out which gadgets people in the Live Mag SA office simply cannot live without. Please note that “Cannot Live Without” here is used lightly and means “would rather not do without because this would mean actually having to do work”.
2. Remote Controls
Unfortunately, due to logistical reasons out of my control this list could not be completed to include ”Top 10: Perfect 10” as the heading suggests. This is not a personal error but an innovation peak. Everything literally does everything! If you have an ipad and iphone or Blackberry, whats the point of getting a laptop or camera? Anything more is just showing off.