Posts filed under “Technology”

Operating System Overload? Blame the Octothorpe!

Yesterday, Amazon.com announced its new mobile phone, the Fire. Just in case the phones that run on Apple’s IOS or Google’s Android or BlackBerry or Windows don’t do it for you. The phone has some sort of a 3D holographic imaging, for whatever that’s worth. Also, you can take a picture of some product, and if Amazon has it in stock, they will send you one (for a price, of course). I’m sure there are other features as well that will create a compelling reason to switch from your favorite phone to this one.

And there’s the rub. I can’t speak for the rest of the technology consuming public, but the last thing in the world I need to think about is learning yet another operating system. As is, I already suffer from a bad case of interface confusion.

These days, everything has an operating system, aka OS. Throughout most of human history, our creations didn’t require an operating manual to understand how to use them. The operating system for a knife or a spear is pretty self-explanatory: Hmmm, sharp point. Got it. No 64 page PDF required.

This was true for many millennia. Even more recent technology, such as radios and televisions, were easy to understand. Two knobs, one for on-off and volume, one for channel selection. If you had to, you could move the metal antenna around via trial and error. Who couldn’t handle that?

Also self-explanatory was the rotary phone. Indeed, most household appliances required no operating manual. By the time automobiles went mass market, they too were point and shoot.

This all began to change on Nov. 18, 1963. That was when the push-button phone was introduced. Thus began the dividing line between operating systems that needed no explanation, and the world we live in today.

I blame the octothorpe  . . .  Continues here

Category: Technology

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Story of Drones in Pakistan

Click for an animated presentation. Source: Pitch Interactive

Category: Politics, Technology

‘Star Trek’ Tech Aims to Be Google for Matter


Source: Bloomberg

Category: Technology, Video

Most Wired Countries in the World

Relative to last week’s whine about US telecom infrastructure:   Click for full list. Source: Bloomberg Visual Data We’re # 13! We’re # 13!

Category: Digital Media, Technology

Why Does US Cell Phone Service Suck?

Yesterday on my commute to work, I became annoyed with the spotty coverage and slow connection provided by Verizon Wireless. I tweeted my frustration. Imagine my surprise when AT&T’s social networking Tinkerbell responded to me: “Connect when and where you want with our reliable 4G LTE!” I found that amusing. The reason I switched to…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, Regulation, Taxes and Policy, Technology

Technology Growth and Expenditure Growth in Healthcare

Category: Technology, Think Tank

Be a Google Ninja: Tips and Tricks for Online Research

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Category: Research, Technology

Tallest Deepest Longest Manmade Structures

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Category: Digital Media, Real Estate, Technology

iPhone MetroGnome Remix

  Source: Daily Dot   Free Download: http://www.itsmetrognome.com/music/  

Category: Music, Technology, Weekend

13 Years of Apple Stores in 60 Seconds

Click for an animated graphic. Source: Retale   Click on the map to see an animation of Apple Inc. store openings and product releases over the last 13 years. We’ll wait for you. OK, that was pretty cool, right?  Continues here

Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media, Retail, Technology