As a technologist I am usually willing to accept inconsistent results from the technologies I use. I understand that consumer electronics are designed and built to meet the often contradictory requirements of
functionality and low cost. Some technologies have established themselves as chronically unreliable and yet we accept this. I no longer get surprised when my office computer spontaneously reboots because it reaches some threshold of memory and needs to stop RIGHT NOW. That usually happens when I’m deeply focused on a presentation or spreadsheet and therefore have not consciously saved it every few minutes. I accept that but I don’t like it. I have discovered that Apple, even with all its cool designs, marketing and innovation, really makes bad stuff. My iMac shuts down so often that I’m surprised when it doesn’t. The funny thing about it is that I love it before that happens and I love it afterward. But when it happens I really hate it. I’m starting to feel that way about my iPhone. I’m on my 3rd 3GS in as many months and I like almost everything about it but it except for:
1. When it dies and then comes back to life a week later.
2. When it runs slower on WiFi than on 3G.
3. When, despite its showing five bars for connectivity along with 3G or WiFi, I can’t connect to the web or make an outgoing call.
4. When I set up a GPS app like MotionX, see the signal is acquired, hit the button to start my run, and finish the run only to find that it stopped recording after six minutes.
5. When I try to do a post using the Blogger app and the keyboard decides to change the default to caps and provides no obvious way to change it back.
So I’m really hating my iPhone this morning. I so want to count on it to capture my runs but it fails far more often than it succeeds. One technology that works pretty well is the Garmin 50 and I’m grateful to have had that as backup for the many runs I’ve recorded (or tried to record) using my iPhone.
Okay, now I’ll talk about running. Since I’ve returned from Rehoboth Beach I’ve had two early morning runs that felt great, largely due to the cool temperatures and low humidity. Over the past couple of days I’ve covered about 5 miles and maintained close to 9:00 per mile for pace. I’m thinking a lot about the upcoming marathon relay and I’m concerned about how I’ll handle over 9 miles. Although it’s broken into segments of 3 and 6 miles I’m not sure a couple of hours rest in between will help or hurt. The best I can do is try. And if I don’t do as well as I’d like I’ll have only myself, not technology, to blame.