What tech can’t you live without?


Quick. What’s the one technology you can’t live without? Not a day goes by without you using it.

Is it your laptop or desktop computer? HD TV? cell phone? digital camera? GPS device? satellite radio? hand-held game? eBook reader? personal health monitor? universal language translator? transporter? (Oh-ooops, not supposed to tell anyone about that one yet.) Continue reading

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Touchscreen or keyboard?


As designers add tactile touchscreen interfaces to devices, some debate the ease of use.

Some users suffer from limited tactile sense control. Others struggle with the smaller size of the visual keys. Still others need the audible and tactile feedback from hardware keys.

Would these hacks solve those user interface problems?

Discovered at socialjunjun.typepad.com/.

Mixing Old School with today’s tech


old school TV w rabbit ears

rabbit ears and clicky dials

Blending contemporary technology with old school retro designs, these 10 tech finds will take you back to an era when “network” meant three channels and there was a USA but not a USB.
Posted on Mashable.
Hmmm, would you stand three inches over and hold onto the right antenna? Ahh, there.

Here is my vCard


You’ve heard of eCards (electronic greeting cards that replace paper greeting cards for all occasions). And
you’ve heard of eCards (electronic business cards that you attach to email signatures or save in your online address book).

Now comes the vCard or virtual business card.

vcard

Powered by card.ly, vCards take the eCard (electronic business card) to the next step. The “v” is for “virtual.” Integrate your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, your blog, etc.) to your vCard, and display a live stream of your recent posts.

Here’s my vCard (from BusinessCard2.com: http://geewhizkid.businesscard2.com

Tips n Tricks to Power Your Next Project


Good friend and Mind Manager power user Dina Henry-Scott, Sr. Project Manager, was recently featured in Mindjet’s user vignettes.

When asked to complete the phrase “I use MindManager to…” her reply was:

… Plan projects, set agendas & take notes at meetings, brainstorm new ideas for Podcast topics, provide show notes to my Podcast interview guests, map out my life goals, take notes for classes, clear my mind and get my thoughts down on paper … you name it, I pretty much use MindManager to do it.

Brainstorming, thinking, note-taking, idea-capturing, thought-linking, visualization…the list is endless. Apply the practice today and discover the benefits as your team leaps a level in creativity, efficiency, and productivity.

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Simplicity – according to Eric Burke


From Eric Burke’s Stuff that Happens blog, his graphic “Simplicity” blog entry speaks for itself.

Funny, yet maddenly true.
This is not knocking enterprise-specific apps designed for data-intensive entry. It’s to point out there are SOME usability guidelines designers often overlook for the sake of getting in every last system requirement or user requested feature.
But before those of you in Information Technology division start to get hot under the collar, remember this is just a comic strip, meant to be funny.

Andy, whose life mission is “to simplify the complex, serve others, and sing of creative problem solving.”

Wiki while you work


What’s a wiki?
Our intranet pagemasters participated in a lively discussion surrounding the use of wikis for collaborative workspaces.

  • Cynthia Q, my crime partner in our portal group, first layed out the wiki landscape for me several months ago, demo’ing its features and showing me how editing permissions work.
  • Just the other day, TaeAnn, my bud in the Customer Care division, wowed the pageMasters with a demo of how four (five?) teams in her division have run with the wikis, using it for team solutions, info sharing, decision-making, reference and resource noting, etc.
  • Information Technology has a dozen pockets of techies, project managers, and other early adopters using wikis for instantly-accessible repositories of constantly shifting team info, code snippets, system notes, trouble-shooting tips, and shift-coverage historical reference.

I’ve been waiting for more than a few months until the right topic and collaborative space idea appeared. Finally, today, I played with the wiki and here’s why.
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