It’s the middle of April in Wisconsin and we are bracing for yet another winter storm. It seems winter doesn’t want to give up just yet. It’s been a LONG time since we’ve seen 60 degrees and most of us are ready to get outside.
So since we’re stuck inside yet again, it’s a good day to work on the website. I’m trying to get the site updated, but the WordPress theme I bought (a little too hastily, sad to say) isn’t cooperating. It is what it is and if it ends up not looking very impressive, I’ll be OK with that for a while.
Well, here we are in 2015! The world of technology is moving along at the fastest pace yet and shows NO signs of slowing down. The Consumer Electronics Show is going on in Las Vegas right now and there are lots of innovative (and some crazy) things to check out. Ultimately some will take off and some won’t, but there’s no shortage of things to check out. Driverless cars? GPS-enabled dog collars with cameras so you can see what your dog sees? Crazy indeed.
Some of the offerings are a little closer to being viable (and practical) right now. There’s a new mobile app that allows you to take a “selfie” and use it to log into Facebook, Twitter and other websites. They say it helps combat identity theft and eliminates the need for passwords. It seems like it would be hard to implement on anything other than a mobile device, but it would be a step in the right direction. Anyone that uses online banking or shopping sites would benefit from something like this, but it would need to work on computer as well – which may or may not have a camera available to take the picture.
Something else to keep an eye on is TV streaming over the Internet. It’s already changing the industry and it will be interesting to see how the cable and satellite companies will change their product offerings to compete. Hopefully the days of high cable bills will become a thing of the past – kind of like long distance telephone bills. Unless you have true “land” line, you’re probably not paying by the minute for long distance any more. More people would probably cut the “cable” were it not for sports channels that aren’t available via streaming (ESPN, Fox Sports, etc.). Perhaps we’ll eventually be able to pick the channels we want rather than have to pay for a “package” of channels – most of which we don’t watch.
So stay tuned, things we never thought possible are becoming reality – on a daily basis. This blog will try to bring you news of what’s new and worth checking out this year and beyond. Things that might save you time or money or might make your life a little easier. After all, isn’t that what we use technology for?
We’ll also cover topics of interest in the world of the Internet – search, e-commerce, security – but as they apply to regular people. Those of us who use the Internet as a tool for convenience (like banking, shopping, reservations, etc.) or finding information, or in place of the phone book, and on and on and on and on…