When you look at the picture to the left, what do you see? Seems like a simple enough question, I’ll wait. For the regulars, they’ll immediately shout “why, that’s a Pogoplug, Dave”. Yes, that’s what they will shout. But not everyone is as perceptive as the regular readers of “Blogs by Dave – A Curmudgeon’s View of Life“. There will be some, who don’t recognize it and quickly read ahead or Google (or Topeka, if this had been written and read on Thursday) it. Really clever ones would have fired up Google Shopper on their phone to identify the image. They wouldn’t have been successful (I know, I tried) but that wouldn’t stop them. They would find other means to solve this riddle.
But this blog is not about them, it’s about pink.
No not Pink, I’m talking the color pink. While the more perceptive of you recognized the Pogoplug, some only saw pink. Not just a smallish, mostly silver rectangular device with wires coming out the back with a pink front and pink base. What they saw was something that “represents femininity” and is associated with “sweets like candy and bubble gum…babies, soaps and detergents.” They saw something they wanted nothing to do with. Never mind it’s value, utility, what function and services it could provide. Be wary, they would think, “Because it’s so “feminine,” use of pinks should be well planned.”
Those are real quotes from someone on the Pogoplug forum. Another person complained that “While I have nothing against pink, it just will not go with my office decor“. I had to think about that one for a while, try it, it’s fun, let me know if similar thoughts haven’t cropped up in our minds.
A couple of other succinct, if less colorful (ha) quotes:
“Loll I got the dock star just for that reason, I didn’t want it pink ..loll”
“Pink stinks. Hate it”
Naturally, I couldn’t let this go by without offering my over priced two cents. I won’t quote in it’s entirety, but it ended with:
Fourth – You’re opinions are no less or more valid then mine and I respect your right to express them.
Fifth – but damn….
To be fair, I do find it interesting that the Pogoplug team choose pink. In another post on the forum I wondered if it was chosen for breast cancer awareness. It’s not unusual to see gadgets these days with changeable face plates allowing consumers to customize the appearance of their device. Perhaps in the future they will offer colors which appeal to other segments of the population. Perhaps Camo Green, or Gun Metal Gray.
I didn’t write this to develop a thesis on gender roles and how they relate to choices in computing equipment although that sounds like a good topic for a paper probably most useful as a sleep inducer. Rather I wrote it cause I thought it was interesting. That’s what I do.
There is a more serious (I think) issue surrounding Pogoplug brewing which hope to write about in the next few days. Here is a link which describes the issue, from one persons perspective. It has me a bit concerned and possibly even questioning my decision. Stay tuned.