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”
It’s amazing the things people live with because they think “it’s just the way it works.” Becoming frustrated with email, Internet connections, and applications is accepted as normal because users believe these shortcomings are built into their systems, so there’s no way to get around them.
I’m here to tell you that in 99% of cases — this is completely untrue.
A frustrating experience with technology usually comes from 3 sources: Continue reading “When Normal Becomes Frustrating”
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. Continue reading “If your technology isn’t transparent, it’s not working.”
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. Continue reading “Getting Those Gift Gadgets Connected…”
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: Continue reading “The December Roadmap: Heading for the Holidays”