Kids want to be doing what other kids today are doing. Hearing “I loved this as a kid” from a parent can doom something right from the start. Kids want their own experiences, especially as they get older. The technologies you have fond memories of were contemporary at the time you enjoyed them. Your kids also want contemporary experiences.
But most importantly, kids are unique, and often different from their parents. They might not like the same things we did as kids, even if we could exactly recreate them.
I wanted to get a replacement, but I found it isn’t made any more.
I looked for the closest equivalent and didn’t find one 1.
I found this comparison recent products, and while they are better in many ways (active noise cancellation, spatial audio, etc) they all have a lower battery life (the Powerbeats had a battery life of 15 hours!)
I will end up getting one of the new ones, but not without some grumbling.2
The Beats Flex counts if you neglect the over-the-ears-ness and focus on the connecting-wire-ness of the Powerbeats ↩︎
I remembered a talk I had heard many years ago, during a phase of watching everything by Neil Postman I could find, where he had described how, wanting to buy a new car, he had been unable to find one where he could simply roll the windows up and down (i.e. without “power windows”). I’d like to believe my case is different, but I’m aware I’m probably sounding like a grumpy old fella right now. ↩︎
In a bit of a grim co-incidence, soon after I wrote this earlier post, I find that in the space of a month, there have already been two people who were killed when hit by the Caltrain in Mountain View.
As someone who’s been here for over a decade, I’ve seen quite a bit of change now, with a lot more apartment buildings, a lot of new stores and restaurants (and a lot of closures).
However, I do hope the increase in crime doesn’t become wedded to this change; it’s easy to forget how pleasant the existence of basic law and order can be, and I’d rather not get stuck in the quagmires that places like San Francisco find themselves in today, which few good options out.
Looking forward to making it to 2030, with this still being a generally happy place to live!