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!
Thread beginning with comment 544409
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: The US
by zima on Thu 6th Dec 2012 15:08 UTC in reply to "The US"
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

What I also noticed is how much poorer the average American is than the average, say Dutchmen or Dane. Once you leave the fancy business centers and go to the suburbs or drive through the countryside, you start noticing that many people are poor. The income inequality in Westen European and Scandinavian countries is much smaller than in the US. It's a difference in culture: Americans are prepared to take more risks, if you make it, you make it big. We tend to spread risk, if you make it big, you'll be paying a lot of taxes ;) .

BTW you might find http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/ratrace.html article interesting.

Plus, people in the US also believe in myths such as "land of opportunity" or "American Dream" ...while the place is actually at the bottom in actual measure of this stuff, social mobility (in short, how much your success depends on your own efforts, and how much on being born into it, in the right social group). Many of the popularly disparaged "nanny states" - at the top.

Reply Parent Score: 2