technology: The collateral damage of Technology.
- 11/20/13 07:44 PM
Every day we become more and more dependent on technology. And as we do, more and more “low-tech” mainstays are going the way of the slide rule … into oblivion.
Do you enjoy trips to the local bookstore? If you do I suggest that you make as many trips as possible in the upcoming months, as bookstores are rapidly disappearing from the bricks and mortar business landscape.
Books in digital format are becoming more and more popular, and even people that like real paper books are more likely to order them online.
The music business has almost completely moved to digital
technology: Once again the event horizon looms ready to suck us into oblivion.
- 10/10/13 04:51 PM
In the world of physics, the event horizon is defined as the point of no return relative to a black hole.
Once the event horizon has been passed, nothing cam stop the nearly infinite gravitational force of the black hole from sucking the aforementioned mass into oblivion.
I sometimes feel that we are approaching the technology event horizon in the real estate business. It’s the point where all of the ancillary tasks revolving around technology maintenance consume all of our available time and there is no time left for actually selling real estate.
I am neither a Luddite nor a techno-junkie.
technology: I finally made it to the 21st Century kicking and screaming!
- 06/27/13 06:18 AM
It is no secret that I have indentified myself in the past as a “Luddite Light.”
I do not embrace new technology. As a matter of fact, I tend to shun it. Life is complicated enough without having to climb the slopes of the learning curve every few months.
But since I have been eligible for a phone upgrade since 2008 I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase an iPhone.
I have to keep my glasses handy to see it, but so far it hasn’t been too intimidating. After tinkering with it I can see that eventually this tool
technology: I’m not a Luddite. I am a Luddite Light!
- 05/13/13 12:46 PM
In the past I often opined that technology has gone too far and has taken us off the path of humanity and led us into an impenetrable rainforest of technological obsession.
I often long for the days when it was normal to interact with people face to facer instead of via social media.
And while the world still had all of the problems that diverse societies could fester, life still seemed to have a quiet, simple quality that made each day a special blessing.
With that being said, I depend on technology as much today as anyone. As a matter of
technology: What the world needs now is a faster microwave!
- 02/27/13 05:56 AM
I have to admit that I am a member of the “pre-microwave” generation. Microwave ovens were the stuff of comic books and scientists, but were not available to the mainstream consumer.
After all, what was the hurry? People seemed to have plenty of time to bake potatoes and pop popcorn.
Like most technology devices, microwaves are smaller and less expensive than ever.
But unlike most of the technology devices that have become part of everyday life, microwaves haven’t gotten any faster. As we approach the event horizon on the “need for speed,” microwaves have seemed to avoid the vortex of acceleration.
technology: Black and White and Torn Edges
- 11/05/12 05:04 AM
Has it really been that long ago? The days when a photograph was a black and white image on bordered paper with torn edges?
These “prints” were never digitized, ink-jetted or shared online. They were actual photographs that were exposed with light from a negative film frame.
Although in looks older, I took this photograph in 1968. As a lover of all things railroad the dual-gauge rail fascinated me.
I never dreamed that I would be able to share it instantly with millions online some forty-four years later.
I miss the old days and the way we did things back then.
technology: The latest and the greatest. Would you stand in line for a phone?
- 10/06/12 05:51 AM
After being bombarded by the commercials with all of the anxious buyers queuing up to be the first to get the latest and the greatest phone du jour, I began to wonder:
Do people actually do that? Is it a reality or just a Madison Avenue exaggeration?
As for me personally, I prefer the tried and true, fully tested technologies that have stood the test of time. I HATE tech support. I LOVE technology that doesn’t need to be supported.
I would NEVER stand in line for any consumer product. As a matter of fact, on many occasions I have abandoned
technology: Technology. When “good enough” is good enough!
- 07/24/12 04:52 AM
When I was a much younger man, I lived on the leading edge of technology. I had to possess the latest and greatest of everything.
In those days, technology was extremely expensive. And in many cases, the benefits of the primitive usability did not justify the high initial investment.
If nothing else, I got a good education for my money. I leaned a basic tenet of technology that has remained with me to this day:
The best technology to purchase is the one that you will actually use!
And once I have something that works “good enough,” I am no longer
technology: Does technology free us or hold us prisoner?
- 05/29/12 05:08 AM
I have seen many arguments on both sides of this issue. There are those that claim that technology has set us free from the constraints of a physical workplace.
And there are those, like me, that truly believe that technology has created a universal workplace from which there is NO escape.
I understand that the Genie is already out of the bottle and that we cannot go back to the way that things were before the digital age. I am NOT a Luddite. I was an early adopter of the personal computer and wrote program code for many applications.
technology: What I was able to accomplish this morning before my second cup of coffee!
- 04/04/12 06:02 AM
Although I often think that we have come TOO FAR with our dependence on technology, there is no doubt that having instant access to so many tasks right at your fingertips is certainly convenient!
As I write this article, it occurs to me that within minutes readers across the continent will have the opportunity to peruse my diatribe. That’s pretty cool.
I also logged into my business bank accounts this morning and instantly “reloaded” my debit card account so I can buy fuel later. All while sipping my coffee barefooted. That’s pretty cool.
Then I logged into my insurance account and
technology: Before you plunk down the big bucks for the new gizmo, keep in mind that two years from now it will be junk!
- 02/18/12 06:15 AM
When I was a young man, I rode the crest of technology. It was an expensive ride. Having the latest and greatest of anything was a very expensive proposition.
As I have become older and hopefully wiser, I realize that although the trough arrives a little bit later, it still gets there just as fast! And life in the trough of technology costs a fraction of this week’s hot item!
Impulse buying has long been both the marketer’s ploy and the scourge of the consumer. A good marketer creates demand where there is none.
When I think of the number of
technology: Is rapidly changing technology a friend or foe of business?
- 01/06/12 09:05 AM
From the earliest days of the industrial revolution technology has always directly affected the way that business is conducted,
As a matter of fact, the proliferation of capitalism was due to the expense of placing new systems and tools in place to remain competitive with others in the industry.
However, in those days, progress was lot slower and so it was more likely that return on investment could be calculated based on a timeframe of many years. Once a tool or system was in place, it could successfully produce for a long, long time.
That is not the case today. The exponential
technology: What in the world is going on today? What do we do when the technology we depend on fails?
- 11/05/11 12:29 PM
This has been a very frustrating day today. It seems that everything is running amok and nothing is working correctly.
No less than three critical websites are down or not working properly, and my computer crashed during one of those annoying Windows updates.
I have been trying since 8:00 A.M. this morning to pay some bills online that are due today. I usually do not wait until the due date to pay my bills, but time got away from me and now in some bizarre coincidence, I can’t seem to be able to make a payment even though I desperately want
technology: The passing of an era. It was the greatest time in the history of technology.
- 10/06/11 08:41 AM
I read with much sadness about the passing of Steve Jobs yesterday. He was an amazing innovator and one of the giants in the world of technology.
To me it seems like only yesterday we were all introduced to the world of personal computing. It was a relatively new concept that an individual would have access to a computer at HOME, and that information could be manipulated and stored.
Using a personal computer wasn’t so easy back in those days. Most did NOT even have a hard drive and required the cumbersome use of tape drives and then floppy disks. In
technology: Does technology really “save” us as much time as we think that it does?
- 07/21/11 07:29 AM
I have spent the last few days digging out after an avalanche of technology failures. It has been both time consuming and frustrating, and I have gotten to the point where enough is enough,
I wonder how many hours a year we spend on fixes, workarounds, upgrades, undoing upgrades, rebooting, and repairing or replacing hardware.
And I’m not just talking about my own issues here. How many times are we dealing with a subscription service that is down, working slowly, or not playing nice with our system.
In the last few weeks, I have had some major service interruptions from vendors
technology: Technology and a night of terror.
- 04/28/11 08:50 AM
We live in an age of miraculous technology, and the field of meteorology utilizes some of the most advanced methods and devices to predict the path of upcoming weather episodes.
The National Weather Service is charged with alerting residents in areas that may lie in the path of severe weather, and hopefully, citizens will take the appropriate actions and lives can be saved.
Last night, we watched in horror as powerful and deadly tornadoes devastated communities in Alabama as they moved East towards Georgia, Reports of many fatalities in Tuscaloosa were reaching us as darkness set in.
We made our
technology: “Goodbyes” these days are mitigated by technology. And thank goodness for that!
- 04/17/11 09:42 AM
Yesterday I went to a farewell party for two dear long-time friends that are moving to New Zealand. And like all such affairs, the mood was festive and celebratory until it came time to not only say good night, but also to say goodbye.
It’s hard to believe that next week they will be living almost as far away from Newnan Georgia as possible, in a place now ebbing into winter as our hot southern summer approaches.
But even though they will be living in a different hemisphere and a dozen time zones away, some things will not change at all,
technology: Sometimes you don’t have to like it, but you have to accept it!
- 02/22/11 08:52 AM
There have been many changes in our society over the last sixty years, both in culture and especially in technology.
The ways that we interact and communicate today are a far cry from the post World War II days of hand-written letters and Sunday afternoon visits.
We may bemoan the fact that we have lost something along the way. Intimacy and privacy have given way to openness and exploitation.
Back in the day, a long distance phone call was reserved for information of the highest priority. As soon as one heard the words “long-distance” the heart shuddered to think what
technology: When things don’t work there’s always the workaround, but what happens when you have to workaround the workaround?
- 01/30/11 08:38 PM
Over the weekend I have been plagued with numerous technology failures. After the first few, I was able to perform some workarounds to keep up with my weekend workload.
But things have gone downhill from there. Now I am having to develop a new set of workarounds over and above the original stopgap measures.
I have a lot of REO reports due on Monday, and it is critical that I am able to get the job done somehow. But now even the simplest of tasks involves running up and down the stairs several times!
Even though I have spent a lot
technology: It’s a great day to work at home! A friendly reminder thanks to Mother Nature!
- 01/10/11 08:31 AM
A winter storm has paralyzed the Metro Atlanta area. Snow, sleet and ice have closed all of the roads, and authorities are recommending that everyone remain at home.
That’s just fine with me. I have my phone, computer, scanner and FAX machine and I can do just about everything I normally do during a work day except meeting clients.
The storm serves as a reminder that technology has changed the way we do business. The virtual office is accessible from anywhere that has a connection to the Internet!
I can do my reports, my marketing, my lead generation, and my