Tech things fascinate and confuse me. Fascinate because of what they are advertised to do, confuse because of when they don’t do as advertised (which is often).
My wireless mouse got ill with the usual affliction of wireless mouses—responds poorly and randomly (and why, yes, I tried switching it off and on and changing batteries)—so I took it to my tech supplier for treatment. Meanwhile, I’m using my old wired mouse, which works well, but its wire doesn’t work well with my OCD and I fear I might (accidentally or otherwise) strangle myself with it.
In front of me in the queue in the shop (clearly nobody’s tech devices work as advertised), there were two women whose universal charger spontaneously combusted. That much to universal chargers. No damage was done, besides to the charger, which got itself a new tan. My ill mouse was accepted in a nonplussed manner and I will be notified about its condition in due time.
On an (un)related note, I recently read a review of selected smartphones based on a thorough lab-condition testing. I was surprised at how well Samsung phones did on the test. I’ve had two Samsung devices, a netbook and a smartphone. Neither of them cheap. The netbook served reasonably well, though after five years, it simply collapsed and died. The smartphone pulled the same trick just after the warranty expired. I’m not buying another Samsung ever again.
I’m finding it increasingly difficult to single out a brand which I could trust as to the quality of their products (don’t say Apple, I’m talking mid-range price). I’m an unreasonable buyer in that I want things to work—and on top of it, to last for a while. At the moment I’m hooked with Lenovo (phone and laptop, Leni and Lena respectively), and I got me an ASUS tablet at the time when this was the only brand here that offered the kind of tablet with a keyboard that I wanted.
I was mildly discouraged when I found that Lenovo was Chinese. Chinese stuff doesn’t have a good name in these parts, but perhaps the Chinese are not to blame. Then again, Samsung is Korean, which to me sounds good, but it didn’t work well for me. Also, I believed Samsung was German—owing to the ung ending, but it’s apparently rather a sung ending. This post is as confused as my feelings about tech things.