In which I am shamed by the fact that I need digital encouragement to perform a function as fundamental as moving. Or something.
If you're like most folks, these days, when more and more business is conducted online, you struggle with the sheer number of passwords that you're required to create and remember. If you’re like me, you often choose meaningful passwords, ones that are applicable to the current stage of life, but often even those expire, forcing … Continue reading Password Fatigue – 40by40
I was at the gas station the other day, and when the screen asked if I wanted a receipt, there were two options: >Yes >No Thank You Now, I guess my mother taught me well because I tend to say "Please" and "Thank You" whenever possible. Still, I think this is a bit presumptuous of our … Continue reading A Moment with Overly-Polite Technology // #2
I try to mind my manners, but come on!
In a rare Sunday edition (for no other reason than I am late), I bring you the weekly digest of items either too short, too eccentric, too dumb, or too-recycled-from-my-other-social-media feeds to warrant their own post. Parenting Analogy: Trying to get kids out of the house is, at times, like riding a bike underwater. IF the […]
If you're on LinkedIn, you'll likely know that you can endorse people for certain skills. You can attest to a person's abilities, experience, and qualities, characteristics which they themselves have highlighted as their core competencies, and which they, apparently, feel might make them marketable: For example: Does Carl know about quality control? Yes, he does. Is … Continue reading The Missing LinkedIn Feature
In which we consider together what types of things we might have posted had we been blessed with social media as young people (despite Uncle Skippy's chagrin).
I'm not saying my short (flash fiction) story "Exit Interview" was about Amazon. But . . . http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/20/14979620/jeff-bezos-robot-method-2-mars2017-conference
My son just came from the basement asking if we could "play this game". That's an Office 2000 box everyone. Pretty safe to say it's time to throw some things away. #NeverForgetClippy
When I was a boy, I observed with rapt fascination as secret agents, their collection of then-inconceivable gadgets always at hand, communicated verbally with the fine folks back at headquarters through their watches (and sometimes their shoes!). Brave men and women all, rushing off to save humanity from the Russians or the Martians or some … Continue reading The Smartwatch Heartbreak
I recently saw a local motel sign which included the following, as written: Rooms Available "Free Wi-Fi" I simply don't understand the use of quotes here. Are they quoting someone? "Free Wi-Fi," says Bill Sweeney of Akron, Ohio. I guess it's better than: "Free" Wi-Fi which suggests that you will be paying for it in … Continue reading “Free Wi-Fi”
I love using voice-to-text on my phone, that feature which dictates what you say, as you say it. Since you have to speak the punctuation as well (assuming you want to include it), it makes me especially thankful for grammar teachers who taught me to value punctuation. However, this form of language input, particularly when punctuation is included, … Continue reading The Pain of Speaking Punctuation
There was a time when the 15-minute ride into town with my mom to rent a VHS at our local convenience store was the highest of high tech, and a great treat. Flash forward 20+ years, and the time it takes Netflix to load the next episode of Phineas and Ferb can seem like the … Continue reading The Tech-Patience Threshold
Maybe it's just me (and it often is) but the screens on the gas pumps are getting out of control with all the questions they ask. It's cold, gas pump, let's hurry this transaction along! > Debit or credit? > Are you using a rewards card? > Do you want to receipt? > Do you … Continue reading Gas Pump Rage
It seems like everybody these days is talking about how we need to be wary of technology, particularly of how computers have gotten so powerful that soon they could band together and rise up, Terminator-style, to take over the world, making us their servants. Or worse. Might happen. But, in the meantime, we have more immediate trust … Continue reading On Our Eventual Tech Overlords