10 Tech Things... that are always satisfying
For all of life's everyday frustrations there are those few things that however irrelevant at the time, can actually bring a little smile to your face...
Most of our most memorable experiences with tech involve things going wrong; phones sodden with toilet water; keyboards with bowls of cereal tipped over them... tech can be a cruel mistress on a daily basis.
But not everything is determined to screw us over with such almighty vengeance - sometimes there's even some satisfaction to be gained by nailing a techy task.
1. Seeing a film at the IMAX
No matter that you’re picking and eating popcorn from your body like a preening monkey, your skin has gone that “Pete Doherty with the flu” colour and you forgot to take off the 3D glasses. The excited feeling you get as you exit the super-sized cinema on a rainy day and speed away in your car having adopted the character of a planetsaving action hero is untouchable. Why we always have to kill it with a sly Big Mac in a McCar-park afterwards we’ll never know. There’s no time to dwell on it, though – quick, to the drive-thru, Batman!
2. Passing through airport security
Jacket and shoes off, iPad out, deep breath and now stroll nervously through the metal detector… You don’t set off any beeps, your bag isn’t searched, YOU MADE IT, MAN! Even though you’re carrying no contraband, you still imagine you’re Johnny Depp in Blow, smuggling 20 kilos of Colombian nose ointment across the border. The fantasy only subsides when the guard barks at you to “put your belt on elsewhere because you’re holding up the queue.”
3. Mastering the “reply all” joke
Once a year, everyone should send a reply-all gag to their colleagues that hits such a perfect measure of satire, pith and wit that you actually hear a few people LOL, turn to smile at you and ask why you haven’t been asked to appear on Have I Got News For You. It almost makes up for the infamous, “accidentally racist” reply-all you sent last summer.
4. That foot measurement thing in Clarks
Remember when you used to get your school shoes fitted by having a huge, electric metal box slowly entomb your foot like the rubbish compactor in Star Wars? Epic. Now you just order cheap trainers online that turn out to use the Chinese sizing system and only just about fit on an Action Man.