9 Things Our Children Won’t Be Using

Technology moves fast.

Really fast.

Not so long ago, a new gadget or system that was accepted into the mainstream would hang around for decades. People listened to music from their record players for 70+ years, cassettes for 20 years, CD’s for a bit less than 20 years, MP3’s for ten years, and now we’re on to cloud based streaming as the most popular way to get tunes. It seems the more advanced a technology gets the shorter its lifespan.

This rapid-fire upgrading will become more and more common as we advance. I have two teen-age children right now, and by the time they’re my age, they’re probably going to be looking at these common technologies the same way I look at my VCR: Continue reading “9 Things Our Children Won’t Be Using”

CES 2012 Overview: It’s Thin, Mobile, and Cloudy

Being a gadget hound, I’ve been ogling over the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show like an eight-year-old with a Toys “R” Us catalog before Christmas. The show is used to showcase the way technology is heading, and this year there is a clear message: Consumers don’t want to stay stationary. Continue reading “CES 2012 Overview: It’s Thin, Mobile, and Cloudy”

Cloud Services: Going Green Saves You Green…

Green CloudTOAST.net has been singing the praises of cloud services for years, and with good reason. Cloud based email, document systems, security, and web tools are easier to use, easier to maintain, incredibly less expensive, and now it turns out they help to save the planet. Continue reading “Cloud Services: Going Green Saves You Green…”

Congrats Wyoming — The First State to Go Google!

Wyoming:

The first state to create a national park (Yellowstone).

The first state to claim a national monument (Devil’s Tower).

The first state to allow women to vote.

The first state to go Google.

…wait, what was that last one?

Wyoming doesn’t exactly have the reputation as a trailblazer state, but that perception should change. It has an impressive list of firsts, and converting all its state employees to Google’s cloud based Apps platform adds to the impressiveness. Government agencies are known for being slow to adopt new technology, and an entire state moving to something as modern as Google Apps is almost unheard of. Continue reading “Congrats Wyoming — The First State to Go Google!”

Five Questions About Managed Services for Small Business

Managed Services are catching on!The latest buzz-word floating around the small-business world is “managed services,” and many are left scratching their heads as to what it means.  It’s a term every company needs to look into, and it’s stirring a bit of a revolution in the business world.  Here’s a quick run-down of what managed services can do and what to look for. Continue reading “Five Questions About Managed Services for Small Business”