Posted tagged ‘technology news’

Lenovo’s dual-screen mobile computer

January 5, 2009

lenovoBack from the holidays with a cool new gadget post.  I’m not a huge fan of Lenovo (my one experience with their warranty department is a favorite story) but they have come up with a cool idea.

Let me also explain that while I like widescreen, I think that the attempts to present widescreen as “more working space” are not logical.  I can’t really work two applications on a widescreen exceptionally well, and I don’t know very many people who can.  Dual monitors are the way to go for running two apps at once.  All the production employees at our office use dual monitors, and if our local management knew they could get a dual-screen laptop, I’m sure they would ask for it.  Anyway, I think it’s a great step in mobile computing.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Lenovo-Lays-Stake-on-Prime-bw-13960195.html

http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=11357&tag=nl.e019

Restaurants trying e-menus. Not really a new idea…

February 26, 2008

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-6231950.html?tag=nl.e019

 This ZDNet article dicusses the newest emerging trend in restaurants… the e-menu.  You order from a computer at the table.  But is this really new?  The Training Table, a restaurant chain I have only seen when I lived in Utah, does phone-in orders (from the table).  I know that they aren’t the only restaurant to have done that one, either.  It’s an old trick (saving on labor costs and high turnover rates by investing in technology).

Here’s the problem.  This kind of ordering takes a restaurant with all the class of Denny’s and turns it into Arby’s.  At the Training Table, you don’t have a server.   This means you pick up your food from a window (admittedly, it’s very good food) and I believe you also drop your dishes off when you are done (it’s been a while).  Would the e-savvy restaurants be different?  Possibly, I suppose.  But for some, the experience of dining out is what we are looking for – and a techologically advanced fast-food restaurant is not as much of a draw as old-fashioned good service and friendly staff.

 I might go just to see the technology, but that’s because I’m a technonerd. =)  Of course, it will be 50 years before this trend hits Dillon, MT, so I’ll have plenty of time to think about it beforehand.

Microsoft gives props to Google by offering 44B for Yahoo???

February 1, 2008

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22947626?gt1=10856

I didn’t see this one coming, but it makes perfect sense.  It’s gone from “a computer in every household” to “an MS logo on every Web page.”  I am really curious what people are thinking about this, so please leave a comment with your opinion. 

I think it’s interesting that MS is basically giving props to Google by doing this.  They are recognizing that they are losing the war over the Web (which, at this point, arguably has only two competitors), so they are trying to win on all fronts.  I don’t think they can.  They are too established as “a grown-up business trying to act cool,” whereas Google redefined cool with their geniune endorsement of open-source, their free email with the ever-growing inbox, and their search portal with absolutely no other garbage to load (which is why it’s my home page).  Oh, and that doesn’t even mention the host of other things Google is doing that I don’t necessarily use (but you probably do).

So what do you think?

Yet another business without file backups…

January 31, 2008

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=100625

I love the part in the article where the sheriff says, “The lesson to be learned here is that you can’t depend on having just one set of records or files and having your employees have access to them. You’ve got to have some kind of backup.”

I would bet that this company paid more in stress, time, and money to have a professional recreate seven years worth of work via an NTFS reader than they would have paid to have limited-access offsite backups.  Is secure backup expensive?  A little.  Is it worth it?  Well, let’s just say I hope they are looking into it.

Wow, you can steal software faster than ANYONE else!!!

January 29, 2008

So the hot ‘news’ in the blog community is that some people claim to be able to distribute Windows 7 Milestone 1 via BitTorrent.  I suppose this is news.  I guess I feel like it’s a big dud. 

Yes, we want to get an improvement on the Vista kernel (presuming they are using the Vista kernel, which I don’t know for sure).  And I understand the curiosity of wanting to see what MS is planning.  But really, I think it’s all a race to see who can garner reputation points on the “less than legal software” scene.

So here’s the article I read that tipped me off to this.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/141917/bloggers_early_version_of_windows_7_leaked.html

So what?  They may or may not have done it.  But the fact is that PC World printed their names.  That’s why people do this kind of stuff – to get “points” in their online community.

On top of the fact that stealing a prerelease OS is illegal, I’m having enough fun trying to figure Vista out.  Maybe I just had a bad day at work, but I don’t care all that much about Win7.  I’m not impressed.