If your technology isn’t transparent, it’s not working.

I was driving home from the office the other day and felt the urge to blast some tunes. Without even looking, I hit the power button on the radio, hit the scan button several times, and adjusted the volume just loud enough to blast away all thoughts of the TPS reports and stapler requisition forms due the next day. If you think about it, a car radio is a perfect example of “transparent technology.” They are all designed to fit the car’s environment, the controls are easy to use, and they work without having to put much thought into it…the radio is a part of the car rather than its own special-needs device. All technology should work this same way. Its whole purpose is to make lives easier and more efficient, not complicated and expensive. Many tech-curmudgeons will say “All modern technology is complicated!”, and that’s a true statement. The trick is to make sure you’re using appropriate technology. Read more of this post

Getting Those Gift Gadgets Connected…

Christmas 2011 will involve a record number of electronics, most of which are able to connect to the Internet. Tablets, TV’s, Blu-ray players, game consoles, smartphones, laptops…even picture frames and kitchen appliances are coming with features that require an Internet connection. Fortunately we’re at a point where connecting a gadget is a fairly simply process, but there are ways to make sure your settings are optimized to receive the best performance. Today, I thought I would go through some tips to get your inevitable Christmas gadget gift working to its full potential. Read more of this post

The December Roadmap: Heading for the Holidays

Is it December already? TOAST.net has some interesting things in the oven along with the Christmas cookies this month, so let’s get everyone up to date: Read more of this post

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