Tech My Son Won't Use: 9 Years Later - Episode 254 - Show Notes

Tech My Son Won't Use: 9 Years Later - Episode 254

Sunday Mar 21, 2021 (00:19:37)

Description

In April 2012, Avram's son was born. This got him thinking about what technology and related industries we were using at the moment that his son would never use, or would never be a part of his normal life. Obviously, with Avram's job, there was always the possibility that these things would be around, but not because it's normal. As his birthday approaches, as does the 25th anniversary of Tom's Hardware, Avram looks back on the reality of his predictions.

Some of the predictions were pretty spot on. For example, Avram predicted no reliance on wired internet connections. Very few devices in their home use a wired internet connection. Thanks to advances like Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, wireless speed and stability have gotten to the point where they are nearly on par with Ethernet. There are places for a wired connection, such as our studios, but for standard home use, Ethernet is mostly a thing of the past.

The same goes for point-and-shoot cameras. Today, most people's phones have cameras that are nearly as good if not better than these handheld cameras. In fact, phone cameras are quickly replacing even DSLRs for many uses, such as in Avram's daily life at Tom's Hardware. Of course, for content creators, particularly video, standalone cameras will continue to be an important part, but for consumers, phones are the way forward.

Unfortunately, Avram missed the mark on slow-booting computers. He had predicted that computers would get to the point of instant-on, like we usually see with the general usage of phones and tablets. In reality, it seems to have gone the other way, with phones and tablets taking longer to boot than they did previously.

He also missed the mark on windowed operating systems, but for the better. He was worried that moves like Windows 8 signaled the end of windows as know them, but Windows 10 showed that Microsoft had pushed too hard and lost the plot.

Participants

Scott Ertz

Host

Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Avram Piltch

Host

Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.

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