October’s Favourite Technology Stories – 2017

“Muted” Reaction to new iPhones
A common problem for successful tech companies: keeping customers buying products when they are happy with what they have. Apple makes great hardware and seem to be trying to keep people on the purchase treadmill through planned obsolescence. My iPad 1 and iPad 2 are still both very healthy physically, but run slower and slower with each update and I will soon be unable to install new apps or update the existing ones. My iPhones are the same, and my MacBook Pro too. My solution: move to Android devices and back to Windows for laptop. There is a problem when an economic system rewards companies for acting in this fashion.

TC Electronic Quintessence Harmonizer
This company keeps coming up with great designs, this is no exception. I am very cautious about buying their pedals, however, as I believe build quality to be low. I have had a number of their pedals begin to introduce noise into my signal chain after about a year or so of use.

September’s Favourite Technology – 2017

Here’s some of the technology that has caught my eye this month.

Boss Angry Driver Pedal:
2 very popular pedals combined in a very clever and flexible way. I have more gain pedals than I can use, but it is the kind of thing that you can’t get too much of.

Jam Pedals LucyDreamer Supreme:
Multi-purpose (boost and drive) plus you can hook up an expression pedal and use this thing as a master volume too. That’s what attracts me – I am tired of having to fix volume pedals and want to get rid of physical circuits that inevitably wear out (and cause disturbing noises as they do).

New iPhones! New iOS Versions!:
This now interests me only as an outsider looking in and wondering why people still buy the hype. The Apple ecology wore thin on me a couple of years ago. The hardware is better but the proprietary and monopolist nature of the environment makes me feel too boxed in as a user. I can’t ignore that world as a mobile developer, but am happy to not have to embrace it as a user.