10 Terrible Tech Frustrations My Toddler Will Never Have

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When I was growing up, my parents would tell me about all the ancient technologies they had to use in their youth. Whether it was a car with a manual choke, a phone that required you to ask an operator to connect you, or a record player with a hand crank, mom and dad experienced a ton of tech frustrations I would never know.

As my 1-year-old upgrades his speech capability, I expect to tell him about these 10 awesome tech frustrations that he’ll never experience. I hope he feels sorry for me, at least a little bit.

Author Bio
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  • Edward Garcia Says:

    I am Fed up all the stupid alerts, my phone is always evening with these stupid alerts & advertisments, I have tried many times to put an end to the, my phone says that will no longer get these alerts, no sooner I put the down these stupid alerts start poping up, why does Facebook make it hard to opt the Fuck out ! Please remove me from Facebook or stop these a lerts, before I file a complaint with the Department of communications Regutory Divison in the State Regulations. Thank you

  • U.N. Owen Says:


    NO, I don’t normally read this, ceartonly not you.

    I saw the ridiculous number of supposed 'articles' written by you, ALL some variation of x number of whatever's 'my toddler' will never know.

    Don't give a fuck a'bout you OR your SSPAWN,

  • rufus lom Says:

    Well that was a trip down memory lane and sadly you are all forgetting that a lot of this newfangled stuff costs a lot of money -- like all the downloading of movies etc--.
    Some of us-- actually quite a few---live in fringe area and are lucky to get 3G connectivity with all the buffering and little wheels and arrows spinning to load --- not to mention that the consumed bytes do cost a lot of money on any plan.
    And do we REALLY need all that junk that is being offered??????

  • Earl Says:

    How about "having to wait for a commercial to run to the bathroom?"

    With the prevalence of DVRs, streaming, and even watching TV series on disk at the end of the season, it's increasingly rare to not have the ability to pause whatever you're watching so you can do something else. We had to ditch the cable and satellite a couple years ago, and my kids were stunned to discover that they couldn't pause live TV any more.

    And it's sad that the sound of the modem handshake has fallen out of public memory. I remember being able to tell the connection type by the sound (2400, 9600, 14.4, 28.8 - they all sounded distinct).

    And for the printing...dot matrix printers were still generally faster than a real person could type. What was painful was the daisy wheel printer - when my printer died and I had to bring my computer (Sanyo MBC-550, with a whopping 256K of RAM and TWO floppy drives!) to school to print a term paper, I ended up waiting a good two or three hours for a 16-page term paper to make its way off the daisy wheel printer. It sure looked nice, though! Well, except for the perforation fuzz at the edge of the pages....

  • Jon DeMent Says:

    Glacitally? Seriously? SMH...

  • Jackrabbit Says:

    My young daughter had a joke book with the following question - "What kind of animal lives on top of your TV" with the answer being rabbit (ears). She asked me what that meant. I told her it meant she had a really old joke book...

  • Youngin Says:

    I'm 18 and I've used all but 2 of these.

  • Melanie Says:

    Rebecca, "out of pocket" actually does mean out of touch. It's another phrase for it, though yes it also means what you say. There are multiple meanings for some phrases.

    Jerrod, I'm 37 years old, and by no means a geezer (though of course to you, I must be old and stupid, since you're so very young and smart), and I've used every single thing in this article, and then some.

    I got a laugh out of the article. It's a fun read for us "old folk" who remember the technology of "so long ago". :)

  • Pamela Says:

    I'm with you Pat...Jerrod forgets that us old geezers and our old technology is the foundation for technology today. When you go for an A+ certification, you must learn about the old technology just because it is foundation for computer technology. Fifty seemed so far away when I was in my teens and early 20s. But, it comes pretty quickly, again, only if you are lucky enough to live to see it. The way you young "whipper snappers" are falling today, there may not be a world in 50 years, so be careful with your words youngin!!

  • Pat D Says:

    Wow...Jerrod! How will you feel when a young "whipper snapper" says this to you when you're 50 years old? ...Lord willing you reach that ripe old ancient age and find life is still worth living...

  • Jerrod Says:

    We get it Mr Piltch, you are old...who is your audience? A bunch of old geezers? What about us young whipper snappers who have never even used aol, a giant floppy disk, or a dot matrix printer? Who cares about your old technology? Is this website a museum or a tech site????

  • Rebecca Says:

    Just FYI, "out of pocket" does not mean out of touch. It means having to pay expenses out of your own pocket.

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