Not to be outdone by the ostentatiousness of the iPhone, Huawei used 3500 of their smartphones (brand new, apparently) to have this 19 foot tall pegasus built. Some hippies complained about the fact that they used new, working phones, thus contributing to the e-waste problem. I think the real problem is they wanted the phones [...]
One of my coworkers just got a new smartphone. And in truth, the “smart” part of that phrase should be in finger-quotes. It was free, and it’s an older-model Android phone, so it does all the basic things that we’ve all come to expect a smartphone should do — email, text, [...]
Millions of dollars in computing power… used to play chess.
A few years ago, when I was in university, a few friends and I discovered — with a bit of unlocking of software — that our new digital cellphones had extra features. We could send text messages, a concept that virtually nobody had [...]
It's magic! Magic, I say!
If one of us were to go back 200 years in time with our assortments of technology that we use on a day-to-day basis, it’s a reasonably safe assumption that almost anything we carry on our person — or in our man-purse — would likely seem like magic [...]
While cell phones certainly made it more convenient to contact each other, it was the smartphone that really made people almost infinitely accessible. I’ve warned a number of co-workers that while they think getting an iPhone is cool, the moment they have their email with them everywhere, the expectation immediately becomes that they should [...]
When I was a kid, I used to think of business travel as something glamourous. Planes, hotels, taxis, sushi, bellhops, room service, and Keebler Elf sized shampoo. After getting a job that sometimes requires me to travel, the gloss has faded quite a bit. For starters, as we talked about the other day, [...]
Spaceship Earth, a rocky place
The recent events in Japan are nothing if not frightening, heartbreaking and tragic.
Many of us have friends, loved ones and/or colleagues in 日本 (Nihon), and nearly all of us interact with their technology and culture on a regular basis in one form or another. I myself have numerous personal connections to Japan, which makes the recent events in that wonderful country strike home and tear at the heart.
With all the sensational coverage on destructive earthquakes, volcanoes, sleeping super-volcanoes and tsunamis over the last several years, we are often reminded of the sheer power our planet contains, and how our attempts to control it are ultimately futile. Mother Nature has the last word; we had better be listening.
Having lived in two of the most seismically active places on earth, both Japan and Hollister Ca, it is amazing how suddenly the world can go crazy. For those who live in the ring of fire, it is more than just an evening news story, it’s very real.
Last year I installed the Android Ap “Earthquake!” by Retro Meier on my smartphone, which uses real-time USGS data to plot and notify the user of seismic activity from all over the world. Continue reading Smartphone Aps – Earthquake trackers
No, that title is not a typo, it’s a pun. (Admittedly, a bad one, as all puns are.) Some 15 or 20 years-ish ago, PBS ran a program examining the use of technology in the workplace and extolled the marvels of an emerging trend called “telecommuting”. It was becoming so big in Japan, that [...]