Frustrations with Technology

For a while now we’ve been having a nightmare with TalkTalk who provide our broadband and clearly we’re not alone. So finally after months of hassle (the main reason why I’ve not posted as much as I otherwise might have done) we’re switching provider to Fast4. So far so boring. As a consumer I’ve exercised my right to switch although they’ve made it difficult. It’s made me think why we don’t exercise that power more often – because big companies try to hedge in and trap in the customer or…

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iPhone fuss

Just read an article about the hype of the iphone and down near the bottom of the page with the obligatory reader comments was this one from Charlie Pank, Edinburgh “Steve Jobs said “It’s like having your life in your pocket”. Does the man not realise that my life won’t fit in my pocket, and I don’t want it to? Actually he might be surprised to learn that my life is the size of, well my whole life actually. I feel sorry for people whose life can be contained in…

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Better…but only just

I’m continuing my search for good web sites on consumerism or I guess more precisely anti-consumerism. I simply Googled the word and then worked down the page. Sadly site no 1 left a lot to be desired in the attractive web site awards causing me to wonder whether lack of style and ethical living go hand in hand. Check out site 2, the Never Enough Campaign which is better but only just. I think it’s strange because simplicity in design (say as favoured by Apple) is wildly popular but a…

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Anti-consumerist but it looks rubbish

I just did a quick Google on consumerism and top of the pile was this site which does to be fair have some interesting things on it but it looks rubbish. Question is there a link? You have to think there is, after all the green lobby aren’t famous for their style are they? OK so substance is more important but is it impossible to have substance and style? If you know of examples where good design meets ethical living let me know

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The Search for Happiness

I’m reading the Christmas edition of The Economist and they headline with a feature on Happiness and how it seems unrelated to wealth. Sure the rich are happier than the poor but the richer you get is not followed by happiness. Here are a couple of quotes, see what you think… “Doing well is not enough: we also want to do better that our peers. This status anxiety runs deep…” and from the leader to this article… “Capitalism is adept at turning luxuries into necessities – bringing to the masses…

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Indie confused over consumerism

I’ve been away for a few days with the better half’s family for a low-key Christmas, which after last year was all we wanted. Anyway took the opportunity on Boxing Day to read a newspaper at my leisure which was a pleasure (apologies for the rhyming). My chosen journal was The Independent and unsurprisingly there was the usual hand wringing over the British publics insatiable appetite for material possessions. What was unusual was the prominence it was given, first of all in the main leader which contained this comment: “With…

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