Posts Tagged ‘technology

05
Aug
08

An example of the power of Social Media

I previously blogged about how my heart went out to this dog owner, who posted on Yelp that her beloved dog, Bongo had run away from home.  Read my post for the details.  In summary, the dog owner enlisted the Yelp community to gain the public’s awareness to keep an eye out for Bongo.  I’m sure it helped that Bongo is freaking cute!  Sure enough, Yelp members proceeded to rally and assist in the search effort by putting up flyers, hitting the city streets, and spreading the word.

I posted that entry on April 5 (Bongo got lost on March 20) and today is August 5.  As the months bore on, postings to that discussion thread became less and less and I’m sure Bongo’s owners were losing hope. 

Suddenly about a week ago, the threads started up again.  I was shocked to read that Bongo had been found!  The threads poured in.  Words of happiness and relief from Yelp members who, like me, followed the thread.  It seems like a miracle.  We haven’t gotten the full details yet from the owner, but hopefully we’ll get that soon.  Welcome home Bongo!

Wonder how successful the search would have been without the power of Yelp?

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23
Jun
08

The problem with blogging as an online diary

First off, this is a picture of me & my family celebrating a belated Father’s Day. We feasted on homemade breadsticks, salad, grilled asparagus & cauliflower and baked pork tenderloins. Dessert was a refreshing, cool, smooth vanilla flavored panna cotta with fresh mint and raspberry puree as a sauce.
My mom is amazing. The reality is she could fry up some plastic forks and it would be delicious.
I forget how great my nephew is. I miss him and hope we can have him over for a long weekend sometime soon. He’s 13 years old and just plain fun. We played “telephone” and his word/phrase was, “Mytosis Green” — we all thought he said “my toes are green”.
I was not very productive today. I’m still in weekend mode but I think it’s more like NEXT weekend mode. Too bad I have a gazillion meetings this week to survive first. What’s going on next weekend? WELL, it’s the girl’s (Ayelet & Jackie) bday celebration up at Healdsburg. We are staying at a fabulous 5 bedroom private home in Wine Country. There is a jacuzzi, deck, bbq, wifi, and all the amenities. http://www.vrbo.com/174516
It’s been a while but here’s my one thoughtful comment for the day… This is something that has actually been bugging me for a while. Okay, you probably recognize that I do love to blog, when I’m in town. For me, it’s a rather therapeutic way to process the random thoughts that run through my haphazard mind. You’d agree that blogging is like an online diary. But what if you feel a STRONG need to blog (vent, gossip, criticize, talk smack about, etc) someone or some people that you know are regular readers of your blog? You just can’t – unless you are willing to have your family disown you. Oops, did I give it away? Anyhoo, that is why I would really love to find a blog medium that allows you to create multi-tiered access levels: a ridiculously small set of friends or lovers would have access to everything, friends/FAMILY would have access to certain juicy posts, and the general public would have access to the most mundane and bland of the posts. I would feel a lot more free to speak my mind truly and freely (to the privileged few of course). I have yet to find such a tool. Hell, I might actually pay for such a product!
So… you software developers out there, get to work. And then when you are done, let me know, so I can sell your product to others. yeah, any chance to work it… I will!
15
May
08

Speaking of OCD…

I just read this article (from Twitter of COURSE),

http://tinyurl.com/3te7wj

The Chumby is a little “pet” that sits on your desk and displays widgets or mini-programs of all kinds. Examples: streaming media, weather updates, YouTube videos, etc.

Talk about serious stimulation and distraction overload. I have enough to distract me on my PC, I certainly don’t need more.

Or perhaps my OCD just hasn’t gotten that advanced… yet.

14
May
08

WARNING: People with OCD should stay away from Twitter

Yikes! Somehow I’ve found a new addiction.

How did this happen?

Innocently enough, as addictions usually do… An simple email invitation from my girl, A.

I thought, Twitter? What the heck is that? A quick visit to the website did not tell me much. But when I finally figured it out and suddenly received a text message from my great friend, I thought, “hmm…. okay, pretty cool”.

Come to find out, you can search for anyone in the world and “follow” them, assuming their account is open to the public. I found myself searching on Bill Gates, George Bush, Martha Stewart. As of yet, it seems to be that the majority of the members are techie geeks or savvy bloggers who want another medium to express themselves.

I am now following Guy Kawasaki, the Silicon Valley VC maven and a bunch of other technologists. The way it works is when folks post to their account via email, web, IM or text message, everyone who follows them receives that message either on the web or via text message. It’s like instant messaging for the world.

So now, suddenly, I am being bombarded with a constant stream of information. I gotta say, I’m LOVING it. I’m getting great information that will certainly be valuable to me as a technology sales person and it satisfies my obsessive – compulsive need for constant stimulation. I find myself constantly hitting refresh to get my updates on the web. My favorite followee alerts are set to be sent to my blackberry.

I probably need to weed down my followee list, otherwise, I may lose my job due to the fact that I’m spending all of my time learning random stuff and not selling my existing technology solutions!

21
Apr
08

Wiki

What a fun word. Makes me think about Hawaiian dances or something. I spent some time on various “Wiki”s this weekend… let’s see, there’s Wikipedia, Wikihow, Wiktionary and a bunch of others. The concept is each site is a giant online resource that can be edited by virtually anyone. So it’s a continually evolving project.

Anyhoo, I wanted to do some research before showing up to the Seder, so I searched on “Passover” and “Seder”. I found myself reading an article, “how to be a respectful Non-Jew at a Seder” — perfect! It actually wasn’t terribly useful given the article was geared for a more traditional Seder.

I found myself getting sucked in big time. You can read about one topic and they always give you links to other “similar” topics. Somehow, I found myself reading, “how to be liked” (!!!) and “how to be popular but not mean”. Are you kidding me? If ONLY Wiki existed when I was in high school. Kids these days really have it easy.

I’m off to read about “how to pass time when bored.” I’ll keep you posted.

18
Apr
08

T.G.I.F. – Reflecting on Technology

Whew! Glad the weekend is here. I don’t know if it’s the economy but things have slowed down for me, big time. As a Salesperson who relies on commissions to meet my salary requirements, that is NOT a good thing.

I try to spend some time each day researching what could possibly be the next hot product or technology. It gets confusing because the needs of my customers (IT Directors, CIOs, etc) are vastly different from the technology trends I’m noticing that pertain to things I’m interested in: Blogging, Online Communities, Online Networking, etc. And, let’s face it, I spend a lot of time participating in the things that I’m interested in!

Makes me wonder if I could be MORE [productive, inspired, successful, happy] if my career better reflected my interests? I digress. Perhaps I’m thinking too much.

I have always been fascinated by technology. From the day, as a child, my dad brought home our new Commodore-64 computer. I loved that thing. I learned to program in BASIC on it and I spent hours playing a very rudimentary version of Frogger. I am giggling as I recall the black screen with the “frogs” (green colored x marks) with no other graphics whatsoever.

It amazes me how far we’ve come. Nowadays, I don’t think I could survive 2 days without Internet access…

Sometimes I wish I had a crystal ball just to get a glimpse of “what’s next”.

Here are a few of the things that I would like to see in the near future:

1. Free Global Wifi (so I don’t have to travel from coffee shop to coffee shop searching for reliable internet access when mine goes down)

2. Handheld Computer — perhaps it will be a cellphone/PDA/MP3 player as well. I am thinking it needs to have a USB port so you could simply plug in your removable disc that has all of your pertinent files. I’m talking just like your laptop but small enough to put in your purse.

3. Faster EVERYTHING – Internet access, Processor speed, etc. I think I might have A.D.D., I get so impatient sometimes waiting for my computer to respond.

That’s it! Nothing too far-fetched — just simple things that would help my productivity level.

I found the following presentation online, Technology Trends

The author is one of those Internet Guru types, I hadn’t heard of him before… but I did find the slideshow thought – provoking.

For one, I think it will be interesting to see how things develop with the various Social Networking sites out there (consolidation?) and where they go from here.

Also, the concept of Open Standards intrigues me. My last gig was at an Open Source Software Company, GroundWork Open Source , so I understand and embrace the notion of open standards. It does seem like a very slow shift is occurring from a dominant Windows world to an Open Source world (like Google).

I guess we just gotta wait and see.

25
Mar
08

Hello my name is Sheila. I am an Internet Junkie.

This made me laugh today,

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/87251

It is actually a notion I’ve thought a lot about and even pondered if I might be afflicted myself. I do have that intense need to be connected at all times. I feel genuinely lost without my “Crackberry” and it makes me crazy if I haven’t checked email in the past hour.

Who knows what nuggets of information may be sitting in my inbox as of yet undiscovered?

The reality is, we’re usually talking about a marketing email inviting me to check out the newest gadgets at Crate and Barrel or another “MyPoints” email presenting me with yet another opportunity to add 5 points (just for reading!) to my growing loyalty program account.

There is no better feeling than to receive an email from a friend inviting me to lunch, or an email from my favorite “email buddy”, Kathy, with an update on what’s going on in her life. Akin to winning a hand at BlackJack, I feel like a winner whenever I check for new mail on my cell phone and see the note “inbox: 1 of 5” signifying 5 new messages are coming in!

So, what do you think? Do I need to start thinking about going to Internet Junkies Anonymous? Maybe… but can we meet online instead?