Technology and Me- the Xbox One

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In a previous post (The Buyer in Me), I talked about my own buying criteria, and what I feel companies should focus on when looking to innovate.

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

xboxSo when the Xbox One was finally released, I was one of the first to line up. Am I a huge gamer? Hardly. But did I purchase the Xbox for gaming? Um…sort of…but not really. Now there are obvious capabilities that it has (i.e. Blu-ray player, gaming console, music player, etc…), but none of these were what drew me in.

The main reason I have the Xbox is because it has positively disrupted and enhanced my everyday life and entertainment. I no longer need to use/hunt for any remote control(s), no longer do I need to Skype with my family/friends through a 13″ screen.

  • Walking into the house, I simply say “Xbox on” to turn on the TV, cable, and audio.
  • My family and I want to Skype? I receive a Skype notification on my TV, and with a twitch of the nose and an “Xbox answer”, I’m video chatting with my family in full 1080p.
  • Watching TV and can’t find the remote? “Xbox volume up”, “Xbox mute”, “Xbox pause”, “Xbox go to ESPN”, “Xbox go to Netflix”,  and poof!
  • Want/need to multitask? You can “snap” the screen and play Forza Motorsport 5, while your significant other can watch “The Food Network”.
  • Hate going to the gym in the winter? No excuses now!

Every day we realize more and more ways that this system enhances our entertainment experience, and it is truly becoming the gift that keeps on giving.

Ease of use? *check*. Simplicity? *check*. Powerful? *check*.

What EMC has done to to the enterprise storage market, Microsoft has done to my living room entertainment!

 

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Does Your Data Make You Sweat?

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What can brown data do for you? In my previous post, I talked about the impact that our data creation has on our lives. Data is currently used for saving lives, preserving history, space travel, motivation, nutrition, and countless other ways that positively benefit race. According to a 2012 study/infographic, Every minute we are sending 100,000 tweets and are spending over $272,000 on web shopping. With all of this data and activity we are adding to/from our daily lives, why not use some of it for your own everyday health and wellness?

2014 may very well be the year of the “smart watches” and activity trackers, and companies like Nike, Jawbone, Fitbit, and Samsung, are all-in, with Apple rumored to be joining the fun soon.

Activity trackers such as the Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up, and Fitbit Force (my personal favorite) allow you to learn, track, compare, and even set goals for your personal fitness. You can track sleeping patterns, food intake, steps taken, distance,  and even compete against your friends and family for added motivation. By simply wearing a wristband, your personalized health and wellness “data” is being constantly tracked and converted to provide you insight into your personal well-being.

How close are you to 10,000 steps today? With these technologies, you’ll know at all times.

My data helps me sweat, helps me sleep, helps me eat healthier,  and motivates me to keep moving. What does your data do for you?

#3252StepsToGo

 

The Dynasty: Ducks, Tech, and Champagne Showers

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What makes a dynasty? Often times organizations go decades before winning something. From the sporting and entertainment industries, to apparel and manufacturing, organizations all over the world strive to be the best in their respective fields. Every year we see crowned winners, champagne showers, and more and more duck memorabilia! Champions are made.

Becoming a champion will motivate your competitors to beat you. However, becoming a dynasty will motivate your competitors to follow you in every facet. How do you become a dynasty, you ask?

Kobe and MJ know. The Robertsons definitely know. And most recently, EMC knows.

So let’s raise our glasses to the fade-away, the duck call, the VNX, and to the 3-peat.

Throwback Thursdays: The Polaroid Camera

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You’re at that event that you’ve been waiting all year for. Game 7 of a championship series. The concert of your favorite artist. Maybe you’re on the vacation of a lifetime traveling across Europe. How about a relatives’ newborn that you can’t get enough of? Or, that INCREDIBLE meal you MUST document and share with all of your acquaintances.

carne asada fries

You pull out your smartphone, snap all the pictures and videos you want. You then crop, filter, upload, tag, post, tweet, and comment for the whole world to revel in. Easy, right?

Hmm…I wonder where all of these pictures/videos on social media are actually stored?

Polaroid-camera

Now tell me how you’re going to do that with this gem of a throwback…and how long it would take to do…and how you’re going to carry the thousands of photos you’ve taken…?

Throwbacks often remind meof the good ol’ days. In this instance, I’m wholeheartedly thankful for 2013.

Live Strong

Judgment day has come for Lance Armstrong and his Livestrong brand. After years of extreme defensive measures, outright attacks on the accusers, and seven Tour de France victories, Lance has finally admitted it.

Pause for dramatic effect…

However, what is more amazing to me is the emotions stirred from his admission of guilt. The craziest part of this entire saga is that we’re not in shock, there is no remorse for Lance, nor is there a tear shed for the pressure he’s had during his career. Furthermore, we’re not all that upset for what Lance actually did wrong. Seriously, everyone was doing it! What people are downright outraged by is the way in which he presented himself during the time that he was doing it:

“I’m doing it to fund the fight against doping”

“I can’t lie”

“Desperate for attention and money”

“I’m going to make your life a living… f—ing … hell”

These direct quotes from Lance throughout the years defending his innocence, and attacking those who question it would be (at least a little more) acceptable if…you know…he was actually TELLING THE TRUTH! For someone with so much fame, so much to lose, and an almost spiritual following, he sure did have an uncanny way to nuke anyone who crossed his overwhelming guilt.

Watching him in the interview with Oprah, giving arctic-like cold answers, you soon realize that you have no remorse, and have become desensitized.

I do not remember an era with so many world-class athletes being tossed from the throne, down to the grave, so quickly. From Tiger to Tyson , A-Rod to Bonds, Lance to Manti Te’o, you begin to question what makes the superstar such a super star.

In a world where we idolize salaries and superstars, accolades and records, let’s stop for a second and acknowledge those who do “it” the right way. It takes a lot to become the greatest. However, in my mind, sometimes it takes more to simply say, “It’s not worth it.”

Dan

Happy (Lucky) ’13!

Looking forward to the new year! Lots of exciting stuff on the horizon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about 2013 plans/New Years Resolutions.

Here’s what I have so far (in no particular order):

  1. Take a cruise and/or trip to Europe
  2. EDC
  3. EMC World 2013
  4. Harpoon 5 Miler
  5. Falmouth Road Race (7 Mile race on The Cape)
  6. Attend a few weddings
  7. Eat
  8. Help others
  9. Make a difference
  10. Smile
  11. Breathe

Let’s see how many I can cross off 🙂

 

Happy Q4!

Well that time has finally come for us to open our wallets and dump every last dime, check, and dollar bill! Black Friday deals, holiday shopping, anniversaries (well at least mine is :)), and budget cycles are all pleading to be noticed. So whether it’s for you, yours,or your data center, this is THE time for the majority of you to get the best deals on the best products that you’ve waited all year to buy *cough EMC cough VNX cough*.

So cheers to bonus’s gone, stomachs filled, and more efficient businesses!