I found this video posted somewhere and watched it...at first it seemed irrelevant to my being but as I watched I started to realize that this is the world our kids are going to grow up in...things are going to be very different for them as they grow into adults.
I have been thinking about the poor shopping cart guy a lot lately. It's hot outside and here is this guy going all around the parking lot of the Wal Mart, grocery store, whatever...gathering up all the shopping carts and pushing them back into the store. What a thankless job this must be! No sooner does he get them all gathered up and back to the front of the store than he looks out at the parking lot and sees 5, 10, 20 or more scattered all over the place AGAIN!
OK I know some of these guys have that little electric cart-pusher that makes their job a lot easier than the guy in the picture but still, wouldn't you feel like you had a true dead-end job if every time you finished a project you had to start it all over again immediately? And again...and again...and again?
I salute shopping cart guys all over the world.
Here's a great article that goes beyond search.twitter.com and google.com/trends (two great ways to see what's happening in their own right). It talks about three sites that, used together, will give you a great look at what's how and what people are saying about it. Check this article out:
It's been fun watching the news since the whole Anthony Weiner thing hit. The anchors on the various news channels can't help saying things that they wished they hadn't said. Here are a few I can think of that I have seen in the past 24 hours:
Gushing to the top
Talking about the Sarah Palin/Paul Revere debacle: "The British are ... arriving ..."
It's hard to understand...
Anthony Weiner revealed that he DID send the pic
When he was apologizing he tried to keep a stiff upper lip
When the news popped up on my screen ...
On Fox News last night a comment was made when somebody mentioned Anthony Weiner and Dick Morris in the same breath...
If you can think of more put them in the comments.
Lately I've been using a great tool called "Dropbox." This allows me to have files that are available on my home and work computers, my Blackberry smartphone AND my Blackberry Playbook. It's a cool tool and a 2GB account is free. Gets a little pricey IMHO when you go to paid accounts, but 2 gigs is plenty for what I need to do.
Use the link below and we both get an extra 250 MB.
I have been watching news from RIM, maker of Blackberry smartphones and, now, the Blackberry Playbook tablet, for a long time. Last September they announced the Playbook and I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival ever since. Well, it was released on April 19 and I was there. Having saved up some extra money under my mattress over the months, I plopped it down and walked out with a 32gb version of this cool new toy.
I brought the thing home and played with it for hours....tons of fun. Great graphics, fast, lots of apps (though not as many as there are for iPads and Android tablets (but more on that in a second).
I also did what I never thought I would. I started downloading eBooks to read on the Playbook. It uses the Kobo ebook reader. I have found that I have a lot more time to read now that I can carry all those books around with me instead of having to haul the hard copies. It really is convenient and I am enjoying it a lot.
As for apps, RIM has announced that they will soon be releasing an app that will allow virtually ALL Android apps to run on the Playbook. And since it's so easy to convert iPad apps to run on Android OS, that means that almost any app available for tablets will have the potential to be released for the Playbook. I can't wait! But in the meantime, there are way more apps for the Playbook than I would ever need available already.
If you're thinking about getting an iPad, think again. There are still hundreds of thousands of websites you can't really view with an iPad since it doesn't support Adobe Flash. The Playbook does, and you can see all those websites in their full glory.
The version I got has a 7 inch screen (see photo) and can easily be held in one hand or even put in your pocket. They Playbook 2 will be available with a larger screen like the iPad if that's your preference.