A show before bed. Oh things have changed

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The way we consume content has changed so much over the last ten years… Continue reading “A show before bed. Oh things have changed”

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I just realized that I NEVER call the Operator anymore…

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Do you ever have one of those days when you realize that something you used to use all the time, you completely forgot about?

I can think of a couple of things that were a major part of my life that are simply forgotten. The paper dictionary AND The Operator! Google is killing everything! lol.

When was the last time I dialed ‘0’? I can’t even recall!  It has probably been 10 years since I’ve even thought to dial ‘0’. So, today I did it!

I dialed The Operator. I was a bit nervous, like I was doing something bad. The phone rang on the other end. I was fully expecting a computer voice to answer and guide me through the dozens of options available, but to my surprise a real person answered!

Woah.

I asked her what services The Operator provided? She said, “assistance with dialing”, like I was a dolt.

Now I know why I haven’t needed to dial The Operator. My years of dialing experience…I don’t need help anymore. The same can’t be said for my spelling…

How Evernote saved the day and The Bay needs an upgrade

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This evening we went to the closest mall and tried to stay out of the heat. Normally, I understand the need to shop at malls for the family’s clothes etc…, but I would rather be doing something entirely different…Seeing that malls in our part of the world are air conditioned, I was happy to go there!

We were organized enough to remember the watch I bought my wife for Mother’s Day. The battery had died very quickly, and we figured The Bay may be able to do something about it, seeing that I bought it there.

My wife brought the watch up to the lady, and she was told that they couldn’t look at the battery issue without first showing them the receipt. She asked another staff member just to be sure, and my wife met up with me somewhere else in the store and told me the news.

I wasn’t very impressed…

So I went to the lady that I remember selling me the watch. She gave me the same story. She couldn’t look at the watch because I didn’t have the receipt.

I told her to look me up in the system. I had bought the watch 3 months ago on my Bay account. I had ID. What’s the problem? I even put in, “you sold me the watch”…That’s when she told me that she couldn’t look me up. That their system wasn’t able to find previous purchases by customers. WTF? What kind of computer system are they running?DOS?

I recall providing them ALL my personal details when I got suckered into signing up for the silly Bay Card in the first place. The approval was on the computer. I had to be in there somewhere? I wasn’t going to get into it with the jewelry clerk, so I tried to think my way out of this bind…

 

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That’s when I remembered that I probably scanned my Bay statement into Evernote! I asked her if I could show her my Bay statement of the purchase, would that do? She said yes…

 

She gave me a strange look when I pulled out my iPhone and started searching in the Evernote App. I think she was looking for me to pull paper from my pocket. Anyway, in under a minute I found it! She brought me over to the battery lady and they checked the watch.

It’s these little moments like tonight that I see such great possibilities for technology benefiting us. That is if companies as large as The Bay here in Canada upgrade their 25 year old systems so they can find their customers…

Today’s Observation: Technology is not always a good thing.

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Today the family unit went to Victoria to get Em’s wedding dress tweaked for our upcoming day. We started out in beautiful Beacon Hill Park and enjoyed playing soccer together and having a makeshift picnic.

After a fun time in the park, it was time to take Em to her appointment. Of course, I didn’t want to know anything about it, and took the boys out for a walk around the capital city to kill some time. It was a beautiful day! Continue reading “Today’s Observation: Technology is not always a good thing.”

Generation Gaps, Generalizations, and Surprises

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This week I had the privilege to finish off a volunteering stint at a local high school. I helped present a course about what really happens to young people when they move out from the ‘nest egg’. The course is an introduction to learning how to budget, finding out the difference between wants and needs, how to live within your means with the net income you get from your paychecks. One of my favourite parts of the course is a discussion about what the students want to do for a living. Continue reading “Generation Gaps, Generalizations, and Surprises”

Moleskine App for iPhone/iPad Coming Soon!

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I live a double life.

I love technology. Computers, my smartphone, cloud computing, Linux. But…

I love Moleskine notebooks! Kind of the opposite of technology…

What if someone, say the company Moleskine, made an ‘app’ for the iPhone? Wouldn’t that be like Peanut Butter and Chocolate? A blend of old and new? Yes my friends, it would… Continue reading “Moleskine App for iPhone/iPad Coming Soon!”

What does Technology mean to you?

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I was thinking the other day about technology, generally speaking, and what it means to us. What do we simply take for granted and does it make us a happier society? Or a sad, detached, uncaring one?

I mentioned yesterday that I have a very sick family member. I was sitting in his hospital room the other day looking at all the wires, machines, and computers helping keep him comfortable. Technology is helping him without a doubt. Technology and medicine seem to work very well together. “Advances in medicine”… People living longer, getting better faster, and perhaps illness being detected early. A good thing.

But technology as a word can mean so many things. I almost always think of it as the latest and greatest gadget, operating system, application, cloud based web app, etc…In this way, technology gets a lot of flack. It can be very distracting.

My parents rarely use their computer. Their parents may have never even seen a modern computer let alone know what to use it for…So, my feelings about technology can be very generational…One of my aunt’s told me the other day that she missed my wedding announcement as she checks her email “every month or two”! Wow. I check it every 30 minutes…haha. She seems to have an issue with technology to me, but it’s not an issue for her. She just enjoys technology differently.

Can we do away with ‘modern technology‘? Is it a good thing? Is it making us smarter? More aware of world events? Would Wikileaks have been such a huge thing without technology?

I think about the things that make me happy. My fiancée, my kids, mountain biking, nature, friends, good food, delicious coffee. Technological advances have played an enormous role in my life. We had a C-Section last year, which 50 years ago wouldn’t have happened. Modern shipping, packaging and food storage gets me food and coffee that doesn’t grow here. My bike today is a totally different beast than my first mountain bike 20 years ago because of computers and technology.

BUT, hanging out with my family, friends, getting on my bike and going for a ride have nothing to do with technology. They have to do with ignoring technology for a while and enjoying life.

So, my goal is to balance technology with quality time to live a long and happy existence.

What does technology mean to you?

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