I remember my first USB drive, it was 64MB - yes megabytes - and it cost over $80. Seemed huge compared to the Zip drive!
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My first iPhone was an unlocked, jailbroken 3G, bought from Craig's List in the USA. It worked just fine until I accidentally updated the OS a year later. Then I found myself with a newly locked phone which was of no use in Europe. I messed around online and failed to revert to the proper baseband firmware. I took it to a shop nearby who said they'd unlock any phone for 25 euros. Came back the next day and they were not able to do it. So I went back online, and after something like a full day of searching, trying, searching, trying, I found a solution and softare that actually worked, once I spent the time in those reboot modes known only to the geeks who love to jailbreak.
Now that I've established my credentials as someone who is able to arrive at that goal, here is why I don't seek out these tasks on a regular basis.
Life is too short to keep rebooting and loading, rebooting and loading hoping you won't brick the device.
I want the things I've bought to work. I don't need the newest latest features of an untried beta version and I don't want to brick a phone that I depend on for a lot of my personal info.
Tech wasting time: the Fit app wasn't showing any minutes at all. After a lot of forum posting and tests, rebooting the phone finally worked. I hate to reboot the phone for silly stuff, but since I wasn't getting audio in phone calls, I had to. Yes, another tech glitch, the phone sometimes gets confused about bluetooth and handset audio. Let's call it 30 minutes in all, but it was much more.
Announced April 1st, this is a brilliant attempt to stay relevant in 2015.
Lost 30 minutes reprogramming the time in our old Oregon Scientific projection clock.
The display is broken but the projector still works with time and temperature. The clock no longer syncs (radio outdated or not working). Have to squeeze the chassis in order to dimly see the hour and minues to resset them for DST and the new batteries.
15 minutes to uninstall Teleport and buy and install Synergy. Synergy is less powerful, but it has one advantage: it works. Teleport stopped working. I should have known better than to allow the upgrade. I tried to go back but couldn't.
I've donated to Teleport, twice I think, so I don't mind paying.