Mobile Devices' Exorbitant TCOHow about the insanely high cost of owning a smartphone? \n\nAnd we're not talking just about the devices themselves\u2014there are the wireless service contracts, monthly taxes, roaming \n\ncharges, surcharges and other \n\nfees on many of these carrier- and network-"exclusive" devices. One industry estimate: $3,800 for two years of service. "For a \n\nlot of folks," notes a CIO.com article, "the monthly smartphone \n\nbill can be as big as, say, a car payment."\n\n\nTerribly Trendy Tech LinesDepression-era food lines? That's understandable. Waiting in terribly long lines\u2014in the rain or in blazing hot \n\nsun\u2014for the release of the newest iPhone? Hmmm. Obsess much?\n\n\nMass Insecurity on the WebTwo decades of security research and it often still feels \n\nyou're just one unfortunate click away from infecting your computer with some virus, having your identity stolen by Eastern \n\nEuropean hackers, or spreading malware to hundreds of \n\nmillions of others on Facebook. Using public Wi-Fi at a restaurant today? It feels like a sailor going into a South Pacific port-of-call \n\nand not bringing any "protection."\n\n\nTech AcronymsThe gig is up, techies: Hiding behind acronyms and tech terminology ("It's a SaaS-based CRM system with an intuitive UI") is one sure way to get passed over for a promotion\u2014or shown the door. \n\nEmpowered business users just aren't having any of it anymore. Real geeks get the business and can communicate effectively. Try some \n\nplain-old-English-as-a-Service.\n\n\nThe Hour or So It Takes to Start a PCYou can bake a cake, pick up your dry cleaning or take the dog for a walk in the time it takes to start or restart a Windows \n\nPC. It's all thanks to the funky gunk your PC seems to accumulate daily, slowing processing speeds similar to those of the geriatric set on Florida interstates. (You could, of course, just wipe \n\nyour hard drive every six months or so. Or: Buy a Mac.)\n\n\nDigital Rights ManagementWait...what "rights" do users actually get with DRM \n\ntechnologies? Yeah, not so much.\n\n\nAnnoying Early AdoptersDon't you just hate those early adopters who love nothing \n\nbetter than to brag to anyone who will listen about how they're early adopters. Whether it's the Kindle or the Tandy TRS-80 from \n\nRadio Shack back in the late 1970s\u2014it was just as annoying back then as it is now.\n\n\nConsumer ExcessNo doubt, the United States is a nation of excess\u2014with food, with cars, with technology. How many iPods do you own and actually need? (Like this \n\nperson's collection, at left.) How much storage do you really need at work for your e-mail? Me, me, me. \n\n\nSucky StandardizationWhether it's your collection of dusty remote controls, ERP apps that don't talk to each other, or the fact that there's no universal charger that can work with your notebook, phone and mp3 \n\nplayer...ah, heck, the list goes on and on. Gadgets should play better together by now.\n\n\nSometimes, the best messages are the most simple (even if they're misspelled). \n\nAlso, check out How 10 Famous Technology Products Got Their Names\n\n Do you Tweet? Follow me on Twitter @twailgum. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline.