Poll: Do you have a love-hate relationship with technology (computers, CAT tools, etc.)?
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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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No Nov 19, 2011

Don't love it. Don't hate it. It is useful and necessary. So I voted 'other'.

 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to French
No Nov 19, 2011

I have neither relations nor feelings about things. I don't give them pet names either.
They are just things.

Philippe


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Nov 19, 2011

I like the technology when it works for me. I like it user friendly.

I don't like technology that doesn't work properly, that keeps crashing, is overly complicated or imposes what I perceive as unnecessarily demanding learning curves (such as some translation softwares, naming no names...) or continuous updates and "improvements"...


 

Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
France
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Reluctant acceptance then creative misuse! Nov 19, 2011

I read E. M. Forster's short story "The Machine Stops" when I was 15 and have always been wary of depending too much on vulnerable systems. I tend to embrace "technological progress" only once it has had time to prove itself, become reliable and its consequences can be evaluated - and my Luddite tendancies are quick to resurface!

I'm no fan of gadgets: in the kitchen, if it can't be done with a knife or a wooden spoon, it's probably not worth doing. The few gadgets I do make room for have to be "pro" quality and a pleasure to use. The same goes for CAT: I only use it where it really helps, but it paid for itself within a few days on one job and I only swore at it occasionally.

Still, once I've taken some new technology on board, I derive a wry satisfaction from forcing it in ironic new directions, where it was never meant (or is reluctanct) to go: devising a high-tech "cut & paste" gregorian chant notation, for instance.

Just don't try to sell me the "benefits" of a mobile phone!


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Yes. Nov 19, 2011

Though it's mostly love when it's working like it should be.icon_smile.gif
But behold! when it doesn't do its job.icon_biggrin.gif

Technology, within itself, is great and very helpful. Without it we may not be pushed back to the hammer and chisle days, but using a typewriter had its "pitfalls" as well.


 

telefpro
Local time: 15:36
Portuguese to English
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I am just fascinated Nov 19, 2011

I just love technological products.

 

Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
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Yes, love/hate Nov 19, 2011

I am like Neilmac and like technology that works, and doesn't require major learning curves. But I curse at it and tear out my hair when things go wrong. This morning I discovered I hadn't saved all the work I did yesterday (my own stupidity due to tiredness, but I'll blame the technology!) so had to do it all again today.
No, I don't want to go back to typewriter erasure ribbons (yeuck!!) and long hours of research in dusty tomes. I absolutely love the Internet and Google! And would find life more difficult without a mobile phone as well.


 

Yasin Direkci  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:06
English to Turkish
neutral Nov 19, 2011

i believe technology is just another instrument to make life easier or harder or in between.

 

Dave Bindon  Identity Verified
Greece
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Member (2010)
Greek to English
Love it Nov 19, 2011

After all, all my best imaginary friends live inside my computericon_wink.gif

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Neutral when it works, hate it when it doesn't Nov 20, 2011

I could never love my computer, though I appreciate what it does.

As for hate, that's what I feel about Windows 7. It has been a huge disimprovement and slows me down immensely.


 

Ambrose Li  Identity Verified
Canada
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Chinese to English
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@Wordeffect Nov 20, 2011

Wordeffect wrote:

Still, once I've taken some new technology on board, I derive a wry satisfaction from forcing it in ironic new directions, where it was never meant (or is reluctanct) to go: devising a high-tech "cut & paste" gregorian chant notation, for instance.



Music typesetting is hard. Did you try Lilypond?


 


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