“Moore’s law describes a long-term trend in the history of computing hardware. The number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit has doubled approximately every two years. The trend has continued for more than half a century and is not expected to stop until 2015 or later.
The capabilities of many digital electronic devices are strongly linked to Moore’s law: processing speed, memory capacity, sensors and even the number and size of pixels in digital cameras. (from Wikipedia of course)”
Being from the IT industry, I’m thankful for this law. It’s what keeps firmware/software developers relevant. If not for Moore’s Law, a lot of us code monkeys would be out of work.
But still… Fuck Moore’s Law.
It’s a double-edged sword. I happen to be a guy who just loves gadgets. I love having the latest shiny new toy. Gaming consoles, handhelds, cellphones, and MP3 player’s specifically. When a new iteration of one of these bad boys comes out, I get an uncontrollable urge to own one. Now let us begin the story of how Moore’s Law fucked with my life.
Chapter 1: Moore’s Law Fucks My Walkman Phone
Around four years ago, I graduated from college and started working. I decided to splurge on a new cellphone. So I bought one of these:
It was cool, sleek and sexy. I was gaga over my new walkman phone. I showed it off to my friends and co workers and we all agreed it was a bad ass toy. Then after a few months, a co-worker of mine gets one of these:
It’s everything my phone was but cooler, sleeker and (sigh) sexier. In short my phone was now grade A garbage.
Chapter 2: Moore’s Law Fucks My PSP
After resisting for almost a year and a half, I finally decided to get a PSP.
I played the shit out of my PSP. Everyone at the office started wanting one. I urged them to get PSPs so we could play multiplayer games.They did. but they got this:
After one fucking month the 2nd generation PSP comes out. The PSP slim comes out after a fucking month! The first generation then gets called the PSP fat. And it really is a damn fatass.
Chapter 3: Moore’s Law Fucks My Ipod Touch
When I first saw the Ipod Touch, I knew I wanted one, but when It was released, they only had 8Gig and 16 Gig models. I figured the capacities available were inadequate, so I waited. When a 32Gig model came out I bought one.
The Ipod touch was the epitome of cool. I was in gadget heaven playing around with it. Again, I was the envy of my peers. Everyone wanted one. Then, like always Moore’s Law rears it’s fucking head. This comes out:
Compared to the walkman phone and the PSP issue, this one really got me pissed. The Ipod is not just an Mp3 player, it’s an accessory. And my 1st generation Ipod touch was suddenly uncool, sqaure and sooooo 2008. To make matters worse, stores suddenly phased out all first generation Ipod touch accessories. Of course, as if to pour salt on an open wound, all my office mates got a 2nd generation Touch.
Conclusion: Moore’s Law Fucks the Future
First my walkman phone hurt me, then my fatass PSP shamed me, then my Ipod Touch made me a fashion don’t! There’s only so much I can take!!!
Now you have an idea of what Moore’s Law does to someone like me. And its starting again. In a few months, this comes out:
I am literally salivating over this thing. I really want one even though I know if I buy one, after 6 months (or a year if I’m lucky), a second genertion Iphone 4 is going to come out. The thing is going to be so much cooler and cost so much more. Then I’m going to be miserable all over again. Moore’s Law has put me in a vicious cycle of desire, happiness and utter misery. So I say Fuck you Moore’s Law! You may put food on my table but you also bring me nothing but pain and suffering.
Fuck you, you unmerciful bastard.