Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Dec 2012 09:05 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I was on vacation to the US last week, and a few technology-related things stood out to me. One, the in-flight entertainment things aboard international Delta flights are absolutely terrible. Worst software I've ever used, and many of them were plain broken. iPads/Android tablets please, Delta. Second, there were more employees than customers in the Las Vegas Apple Store. Since there were a reasonable amount of customers, there were even more employees. It looked ridiculous. Are they all like that? Three, using a Windows Phone 8 device to mooch off an Apple Store's wifi is strangely satisfying. Four, there are a lot of technology commercials on US TV, and they are all corny as hell. Two iPads playing piano? Children holding a PowerPoint presentation to convince their parents to switch mobile plans? Seriously? Is this what this industry has come to? Five, it's pretty clear iPads and iPhones are way, way, way more popular in the US than in The Netherlands. You see them everywhere, and people display them so openly. It was jarring. In The Netherlands, I always feel as if people are ashamed to take devices out of their pockets in the first place. No wonder US-based writers like Gruber and Arment think Apple dominates everything - if you rarely leave the US, it seems as if they do! Six, and this is not technology related at all but I want to get it off my chest because us Europeans could learn a thing or two from it: Americans are the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I knew this from my existing American friends and from my previous trip to the US (Texas, ten years ago), but it bears repeating. Open, interested, kind, helpful, considerate, and nice. Not exactly qualities I'd ascribe to most of my fellow countrymen. Alright, as you were!
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Comment by Tony Swash
by Tony Swash on Sat 1st Dec 2012 12:24 UTC
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Americans are the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I knew this from my existing American friends and from my previous trip to the US (Texas, ten years ago), but it bears repeating. Open, interested, kind, helpful, considerate, and nice. Not exactly qualities I'd ascribe to most of my fellow countrymen.


I completely agree. I have had the pleasure of several very long meandering road trips through the US southwest over the last decade, I have spent months driving somewhere around 30,000 miles and the few rude or unfriendly Americans I encountered stand out because they were so rare.

What I really liked about most Americans, after I got over being unnerved by it, was their gushing and genuine enthusiasm for life. I encountered none of the irritating gloomy pessimism that I find so prevalent in the UK where everybody seems to think that they need to find and focus on what is wrong all the time. In the US people just seem to gravitate to an optimistic view of things. After our road trips my wife and I developed a new catch phrase which we use when we encounter anything pleasing, one of us will say in a mock American accent and in a rising tone "Awesome!"

I saw a great T-shirt recently which summed it up for me, it just said:

Pessimism Is Not Deep

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