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Six Clues Your Technology May Be Falling Way Behind!

Posted in IT Stuff with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by mjohnsonitstuff

Technology Has Changed While You Read This!  Wow! So how are folks supposed to keep up with this constantly changing barrage of new technology thrust upon us every day? Basically the task at hand is to not necessarily be on the “bleeding edge” of technological change but to avoid being on the “fleeting edge”! Simply put, don’t fall way behind by thinking that a technology never expires!  It does and it must be replaced with newer,better performing technology on a regular basis along with the improved processes to optimize the use of those new technologies. Don’t fool yourself, you cannot keep nor use technology much more than two to three years and continue to call yourself current, efficient, and productive. So here are a few things you might consider to determine just how current you are on the technological curve!

  1.  XP Lives!  Please convince me that your eight track tapes are no longer in use!
  2. “Just the FAX please!” Just like the old show “Dragnet”, it’s fairly black and white that much more efficient ways of sharing data exist.
  3. Blue Files, Red Files, Lots of Files  Paperless means paperless! Receiving, storing and retrieving virtually every type of information in a digital form should be routine by now.
  4. “Let Me Check My Email.”  Utilization of social media and other digital forms of communications are drastically reducing email traffic if you find yourself smothered by email.
  5. Cell Phone What’s the opposite of “smart” phone?
  6. Tablet  No longer “plop, plop, fizz, fizz” but “oh what a plethora of information there is!”

So, are you current or have you fallen behind?

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The Anticipation is Over!

Posted in IT Stuff on February 11, 2011 by mjohnsonitstuff

Ok, so the wait for the Verizon Iphone is over! The device is already in the hands of many loyal Verizon customers who waited these long four years, including me. And simply put, the wait has been worth every minute of it. Here are some thoughts about the Verizon Iphone.

The phone is small, comfortable in the hand and carries a brilliant screen. It is easy to activate and easy to setup for basic operations. Utilizing various Iphone apps is straightforward and actually entertaining. And perhaps most satisfying of all is that phone conversations are clear and almost always are completed by the participants! Can you hear me now! Ya betcha!

Finally, all technology devices are valuable to the owner only to the extent they understand how to leverage it for efficient and productive use. Many time folks learn baseline opertions of their device and never truly experience the full benefits available to them. The Iphone’s baseline operations give the user a head start on other users around them when it comes to rapid response to emails, text messages, blogs, etc. along with many others. But if the user will take the time to formulate how the Iphone can truly assist them in the delivery of their business solutions they will find themselves vastly more productive and efficient than on most smartphones.

Hurry Up! …and Wait!

Posted in IT Stuff on January 18, 2011 by mjohnsonitstuff

Ironically, nothing ever happens fast enough for most of us. Take for example, the Verizon Iphone. Many folks have waited for what seems like a decade for this device to come to market even though it has only been a mere four years or so! Even now, with the much anticipated event happening in less than 30 days, many can hardly stand the delay!  Personally, I believe the wait will have  been worth it based on accumulated experience with Verizon and its network. Even with this much ballyhooed release though, there are those who still say you might want to wait even longer to see what the summer may bring in the way of an Iphone 5. Frankly, I believe the old saying of “He who hesitates is lost!” fits this situation rather appropriately and here is why!

First, Apple hasn’t shown any commitment to releasing a Iphone anytime soon that will take advantage of Verizon’s new LTE Network. Even if they did, a vast majority of the American landscape won’t have Verizon LTE service until late 2011 or early 2012. Second, this thing about talking and surfing at the same time on an Iphone is also way overblown.  Simply put, it doesn’t happen a lot and we all know that since most people tend to use their phones when they are driving anyway, it should be relatively seldom that someone is driving, talking and surfing at the same time! And finally, why give up the experience, productivity, and learning curve that can be enjoyed for the next six to eight months while waiting on what at this point is pure speculation!

So I say, Hurry Up and Do It Now!