The Presents, the Present, and the Past

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Well everyone, most of us have given and received all the presents we will have for 2013. So…what’d you give/get!? Socks? iPad? Beef Jerky? A new VNX 5400!? A possibility of something extraordinary?

It’s the end of another year, and we know what that means:

  • Our swimsuits are tucked away (unless you live in CA/FL…)
  • We’re about to start going to the gym again…
  • Did you get that project done by the EOY deadline?
  • Our new years resolutions are being finalized for the world to know

When I look back on the year that was, I can’t help but notice all of technologies that have surfaced and revolutionized our everyday lives. Today’s world has become incredibly transformed into a digital era. Literally everything is at our fingertips, and of course we take advantage of that. We all tweet, text, watch, talk, think, comment, search, forecast, like, on the same fast-spinning multi-tasking Merry Go ‘Round. And so far, I have been “enjoying” this ride with the best of them!

However, I have very realized recently that as efficient as I can be, and as many things I can get done at one time, and as thankful as I am for all of these capabilities, often times I miss the things that are most prevalent, and most important. Imagine a skipping stone on a lake that never seems to sink…

Skipping-RocksWell today, not tomorrow, is when I decided that I want to live more in the present. I need to live more in the present. Am I saying that I am wearing my non-multitasking patch on my shoulder? Not even close! What I am saying is there is a time for multi-tasking, and there is a time to focus on the present, what is right in front of you.

What are we really in a rush for, anyways?

As we ring in the new year, and as we put the last sprinkle on our resolution sundae, do yourself a favor and focus on what really matters to you. Choose something that can make you a better person. Take your time…

To be continued…

The Exponent and The Vatican. Who Cares?

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According to a recent article published by IDC, “From 2005 to 2020, the digital universe will grow by a factor of 300, from 130 exabytes to 40,000 exabytes, or 40 trillion gigabytes (more than 5,200 gigabytes for every man, woman, and child in 2020). From now until 2020, the digital universe will about double every two years.”

Wow. Big numbers, huh? As astonishing as this data growth is, information is meaningless without a purpose. For example, the Vatican has recently added 2.8 petabytes of storage. So…who cares?

What is the purpose of this data growth? A recent press release highlights the Vatican’s vision to digitize its entire catalog of historic manuscripts. Their goal is to digitally preserve some of the world’s most historic and delicate texts that are currently vulnerable to deterioration and decay. Thus, ensuring that the accumulated knowledge of generations is freely available for future study.

So who cares? I definitely do!

What does the data you create actually do for you? It’s definitely doing wonders for me!

To be continued…

The Buyer in Me

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Puzzle (1)If “Innovation” had a twitter account, its following would be near infinite. Seriously. Companies and entrepreneurs all over the globe, in almost every industry, are constantly looking for new ways to bring products/services to a target audience.

“What can we bring to our customers that will positively disrupt their everyday lives?”

But who knows what we as the target audience actually wants or needs? One could argue that the greatest of innovators are those who bring disruptive technologies/products/services to the table that nobody knows they actually need. So how do companies build their target audience? How do they market their innovation? How do they know what we care about? Far too often I feel companies lose track of what we want, and try and force-feed us with things without digging enough into the minds of the buyer.

Well innovators, this blog is for you! Who is the buyer in me, you ask?

From laptop to cell phone, cars to gym shoes, storage arrays to activity trackers, your best bet to my wallet is to follow these simple instructions. 

Make it work…well. Make it easy. Make it last. Make it sexy.

#Macbook #iPhone #Audi #NikeFree #EMC #Fitbit

That’s the buyer in me…

Who’s the buyer in you?

Flash Mob Friday!

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EMC Flash Mob

Well it’s Friday, and that in it of itself is cause for celebration! Now add in some flash mobs, and you got yourself some kind of party! Who’s in?

#FlashFridays #EMCFlashMob #FlashFirst #FlashEverywhere

Throwback Thursdays: The Video Home System

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“Can we watch Goofy Movie again!?” I remember the weekends like they were yesterday…

I may have played that VHS 100 times and each 90 minute screening was just as incredible as the time before. It was a rough life as a ten year old.

Unfortunately, I grew older.  With that, I became more impatient. I had other Disney classics to get to! So, I would fast-forward the VHS until it got to the good parts (the music, of course.) I distinctly remember sitting there watching (and listening) to my VCR fast-forward for what seemed to be an eternity. Then finally, I would press play right as the “Stand Out” and “Eye to Eye” songs came on. They were MY jams.

Today, VCR’s no longer exist, fast-forward/skips happen in “on-demand” fashion, and instead of VHS tapes, we can now watch all of favorites in this thing called “cloud”…or YouTube.

Our next generation’s “Throwback Thursdays” should be interesting. I feel old already.

 

Happy Post iPhone Day! Or was it?

Well iPhone Day 2K12 has come and gone. I must say, iPhone 5 looks awesome (aesthetically). It’s got the new two-toned form factor, the 4″ screen, while still thinner and lighter than its predecessor. Apple did a great job of listening to demands of the market and bringing us a product “we” asked for.

Unfortunately, as incredible as the 5 looks, when the keynote ended, I left incredibly disappointed.

*I know, coming from a huge Apple fan, it’s hard to say that!*

Before you jump to the comment section to haze this blasphemous statement, let me explain:

In my previous post, I had one request from Apple- We need something that says, “Screw that other stuff, you will buy this (insert phone and/or any other piece of tech) because it can do what no other ______ can do!”

So, with the new phone front and center for us all to judge, what can it do that the previous generation (or any other phone) can’t do?

The new Siri integration, the new turn-by-turn direction, Facetime over 3G, Passport, and Panoramic pictures all look awesome, and I’m super excited to use them…on my 4S. Thank you iOS6! (Compare iPhones).

I’ll save you the time. From a functionality perspective, the only thing that the iPhone 5 can do (that will actually affect us) that the 4S can’t is shoot 720p front video, you get newer headphones, and it’s a bit faster.

Yeah…that’s it…

Now, aesthetically, it’s probably the best looking phone on the market, with the most attention to detail. It’s sleek, durable, and rugged.

As we all know, Apple stores across the globe will have mazed lines impatiently waiting outside their glass doors cheering, yawning, and napping in anticipation for the opening of the pearly gates.

But should you be one of them? Do we feel entitled to something better? Should we be disappointed with the minimum functional upgrades? Will I buy one  and why (or why not)?

I will answer all these questions in Part 2 soon!