Monday, May 23, 2016

Current Personal Technologies and Me!

beach052016Just finished vacation and had a great time. While on vacation there were plenty of times when today’s world of PA’s (Personal Assistant’s) were both used and at the same time left a desire for more.

History: The first time I ever used the term PA was with a Palm Pilot. I thought this was the greatest device that I could make notes with, what a wonder. Now the term PA can include AI (Artificial Intelligence) that can hear what we ask and can return information based on it’s knowledge gained of us. 

Back to the vacation.

First is the travel area and it does not deal with PA as much as I would like.

We used Google Maps (on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4) to plan our tripSamsung note 4 and once in the car connected the Bluetooth to receive the Navigation information. I added music through the phone (Amazon Prime or Google Music – I use both) so that we could enjoy our long trip.  As soon as we got onto the highway I set the cruise control and it wasn’t long until I was bored.

I do have podcasts that we listened to and if I had a digital Audible book  we could have listened to that. We can control what we want to hear better today than at anytime in the past and it could be a learning experience. 

I am also ready for Self-Driving Cars. We were on the road for about 11.5 hours and I could have used much of the time more effectively even if it was having a great conversation with my wife without driving distractions. We could have read books or magazines, or just sat back and relaxed. Sadly the return trip was about the same. I could drink coffee and talk however I always had to have my hand on the steering wheel and focus had to be on the road ahead. I sure would jump right at a proven Self-Driving system.

One really interesting item in our travels; the GPS, knowing our route and destination, would have text messages sent to our phone (or watch) noting upcoming traffic issues – accidents, construction. If needed we could have changed our route. The watch is another great device so that you can quickly glance at the watch to see what is happening; email, text message, confirmations, phone calls, it’s all there.

After we arrived at our place of stay (really nice and on the beach) I took out Tap (Amazon’s portable Echo device), checked the weather, and played some music. Each morning, once showered, I would check my Flash Briefing on Tap, then get the weather, and from there we could plan our day. All information was automatically location based unless I asked for something other. 

While on vacation I could connect back to the condo to look in on things. I had lights set for on and off back at the condo and I could check the security.

All in all it was a pleasant trip and a really nice vacation with a wonderful group. We enjoyed ourselves and out PA. If there is something I am looking forward to it’s more services automatically handled by the PA; making the reservation, ordering the Pizza (can do that with Alexa however it is coded for home), asking for area attractions. I am looking forward to the auto that not only tells you that you are low on gas but recommends the next gas station for fill up – based on your personal preferences.

The same could be said of asking for nearby restaurants. The current PA knows your preferences and makes all recommendations accordingly and can make the reservations when decisions are made. It, the PA, will have the phone numbers and information required to make that reservation.

Ah yes, at first there was some trepidation about security but alas we have passed that abyss and now are leaping head first into the wonderful world of PA with AI….

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

11 ways to get the most out of Google Keep on Android | Computerworld

I have been using Google Keep for sometime as a quick note catcher and recently as a reminder for some daily tasks (get milk, get lottery tickets, etc). This article turned me on to a few other ways to use this one of which was to be able to get text out of images. I was not aware that I could do this. Actually I was nto aware I could grab images with Google Keep.

There are a few other features that are of interest. Quite a nice tool.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Insider Newsletter

Back sometime ago I promoted a newsletter whose foundation has been created by Jason Calacanis. I am back again and asking that if you are interested please use the link to sign up and take a look.

That's right, I want to become an Insider!

Actually the newsletter is a good short read on what is going on in the 'outside' world and if you want more information you can follow links. For the most part is is simply a paragraph of information for you to catch up quickly on.

Again check it out

Shameless hustle.....

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Third Wave of Computing Has Just Begun — Galleys — Medium

Interesting interview with Steve Case. I have always thought that Steve was a bit ahead of his time and this book: "The Third Wave of Computing Has Just Begun" sound like a very interesting read. I always felt that Steve met his match with the Time Warner merger. He is right; great vision - no execution and the 'suite's' at TW didn't buy his vision, sad for Time Warner and AOL. Alas we all grow and learn. I think we can learn a great deal from Steve Case.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Microsoft Office 365: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

This is a very good read on Office 365 and you should take a look. Microsoft Office products are still the best available.

In my opinion Office 365 is there for the lite user as well as the one that wants everything. You can start on the lite side and grow into the power user you need or want to be.

I have been using Microsoft Word since the middle 80's and I can't think of a day that I don't use Word to do at least one of many things; write a letter, build a business plan, outline a proposal, create an announcement, and so many other things, sometimes just as a note that I know will grow.

I use Excel to both personal and business reasons. On a personal level I track medications, refill dates, and money spent. We use it as a family to plan travel or remodeling expenses. We remodeled the kitchen and did all our planning, tracking, and quotations within an Excel spreadsheet. Excel for business is incredible and today's Office 365 Excel includes so many great tools for analysis.

I could go on about Access, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publishing, and all the other tools (don't forget Outlook).

When reading this link keep in mind there is are versions for the individual and for households (currently $69.99/yr). I purchased the Household version (currently $99.99/yr) so that my wife, and Son can have a copy (you get 5 copies to download) and I also use it on a laptop, tablet, and smartphone - smartphone and tablet (iPad) are free.

Take a read - the cost is great and the tools incredible.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

The rise and fall (but mostly fall) of social media 1.0 from TechRepublic

After reading the following post I am not sure that the author has much to say about the Fall of Social Media 1.0. Or rather the Millennial's don't have much to say or much to learn or much to think about. I suspect there is something missing here.

I do believe that Millennial's will understand the power of Facebook when they get out in (what was told to me a few years ago as) the "Real World" where people communicate with ALL generations to do all aspects of business.

I remember Tom Peters at one point saying "Who has the most money to spend?" and I believe his point was the people advertising to their own are missing where the largest disposable funds were.

It may not be top on the list but most corporations are run today by people who are not Millennial's. Hmm.....

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Friday, March 11, 2016

A New Bill Wants to Put an End to Ridiculous Airline Fees

Pardon me, i think I am missing something here. Lifehacker has an interesting article however I guess it is ones perspective that is important. Pardon while i pass along my perspective.
I guess the airlines do not fill the pockets of politicians like the fuel oil companies.
On the other hand; fuel oil companies do damage to the common folk, whereas the airlines hit the people with money.
In retrospect the politicians have all their expenses paid by us so I suspect this hue and cry is for the benefit of the wealthy constituents of the politicians.
Keep in mind that fuel oil costs are also deductible by corporate organizations and they also contribute to the political economy.
We could take this further and I am sure our political pockets will (and us).

LolANew Bill Wants to Put an End to Ridiculous Airline Fees