These may seem mundane and simple, but they are the everyday annoyances that bug me personally:
• Robocalls. Why do I get 5/day despite installing apps like nomorobo?
• Notifications. They seem to invade every crevice of my life and every now and then I think I have to get more organized about them so I go up to, say, Facebook and am overwhelmed at the options. And then mundane ones still keep swarming like mosquitos.
And on my iPhone, they seem to pop up just when I’m in a hurry typing an address into google maps and capture my tapping to take me away from google maps. A standup comedian could do a very funny routine about it.
• Safety. A dialog says I have to install Flash Player? Should I? Chrome flashes a frightening red banner when I click on a link I thought was safe encouraging me to return to safety. Do I dare use the free WiFi at the airport? Something something about my VPN app maybe making it okay? How come sometimes it no worky unless I disable the vpn? Is Chrome really the #1 spyware as The Washington Post reports?
How did the guys who smash and grabbed my laptop know it was in the back of the SUV behind tinted glass and hidden under all that stuff? Do I need to power it down instead of putting it to sleep?
• Photos. Yeah, I’m supposed to know about this but still a major pain point. I take photos of where I parked my car, of the hummus at the store to text my wife and ask if that’s the kind she wants. I don’t want these auto uploaded, mixed with my family photos, yada.
How do I find that photo you took of me with Don? I uploaded a gallery of old scans of my family to iCloud for archiving and now they’re all on my phone and I don’t want them there.
• Subscriptions. Oh my God, how many do I have now and how to keep track of them all and get rid of the ones I hardly use? Something something about Apple News reducing the problem?
• Passwords. Yeah, I use 1Password and 2-factor. Pain in the ass. Trust this computer? Trust it for 30 days? Hmmm...
• Fakeness. I gave a TEDx that was posted online last week and another guy gave one on same topic with essentially same title about adversity becoming your superpower. He got 20,000 views and lots of comments in 10 hours and he’s not well known. The comments are short and non descriptive, like “well done.” Did he buy the views and comments?
When am I arguing with a twitter bot? Is the review I found online about the Keto diet legit?