Touch pcs are they truly the future?

I’ve now played with three different modes of touch pcs – a netbook (ASUS) the HP Touchsmart notebook and desktop units. I have to say that touch technology is an amazing process – but in most cases it is waiting for the killer applications. So for you developers out there – here are a few ideas to start the juices flowing!

  1. finger painting – who among us does not fondly recall the days of finger-painting. But what about digital media figure painting where we could take any number of pictures and media items and decorate them for our own use?
  2. finger editing, my fingers are too large to act like a precision mouse – what if the application let me edit with my fingers and allowed my fat fingers to interact with the editing process?
  3. Road less traveled – let me expand and contract within my mapping application using only my fingers.
  4. allow for camera interaction (capturing off physical screen gestures)

The world is my touch screen – now help me interact with it!


Product Review (i know – again) and revisiting Activewords

I am a huge GPS nut. I love mapping (geocaching etc). From TOPO maps to street maps I truly enjoy knowing where I am (and where I am going). As a traveling consultant I frequently find myself in parts of cities looking for customers, that I have never been in before. Which really explains my love of GPS’s and mapping programs. Recently (with the pending death of MSN) I decided to try a new mapping program. My first choice would be a program that would amp satellite views as well as physical maps. I decided to try the Delorme packages.

  1. great mapping package
  2. Easy to use
  3. recognized I had installed in on a netbook and installed “netbook” mode
  4. Voice was clear and easy to understand.

Overall the package was is a great addition to my mapping toolkit!

More on ActiveWords

I’ve been using this product now for about 8 months. In that time I’ve gone from having the product installed on one computer to having it installed on 8 different computers. I am using Live Mesh to share my settings files between all the computers so that I can use the same command on each machine. I am addicted. i suspect once i really learned how to use ActiveWords the product has really started to save me time and effort. I have code words that launch my web sites and tools whenever I need them. This is a must have product. The only thing I do not like is that fact that the inkpad doesn’t work on 64 bit machines.

This tool is beyond time saving. It is time creating!!!!!!!!!!!


Why are people so angry?

The golden rule says “treat others as you would have them treat you.” It amazes me that people start right out with the negative rather than focusing on what has gone right to date, and then asking the hard questions.

But people think its ok to be rude, to yell. Which points out an interesting communication pattern that humans have, that other animals do not have, BLAME. Why is it always someone else’s fault?

The other day I was talking with someone about a problem. Rather than acknowledging that they in fact had some level of responsibility in the problem escalation it became my fault. Sad.

Another interesting twist of communication is the telling someone else to tell you something trick. Its demeaning for the person the message is meant for – it means that they are not worthy of receiving direct communication from them.

finally, the starting out with the negative. It just never works. I am just as guilty of this one as the next person is.

I believe in Santa Claus – he appears right after thanksgiving and leaves on Christmas. But what he brings to all of us is a gift. Remember to smile at the person walking by you. Remember to tip your hat and greet people. Remember to open doors. and of course, for the next few days forget those bad habits above and spread cheer and joy!


Interconnection and the world of 2010

The device that saved the world (replacing a fish).

The journey of a thousand steps actually begins with the first step. 999 steps later you arrive at your destination – if the 1000 steps were your entire journey but then of course if you are embarking on such a journey, it would be.

Which brings me to a journey I began as a teenager. I’ve long been fascinated by technology. How things work and making my life a little easier were always the big picture goals of my journey.  But I am ultimately a technologist. There is a better way to do what you are doing!

The journey which began some 30 years now, is probably 200 or possibly 300 steps through its course. I should mention that in the tradition of the journey of self discovery it is a thousand linear steps. You may, as I have have many side journeys some of which may in fact be 1000 additional steps on their own, but in the end they do not advance you closer to your original goal.

My original goal was the ability to have a single computer that could do everything I wanted. I have that now in my cellular phone, but what I want to do continues to expand. Now I have a creativity station (touch computer) that let’s me interact with the computer in an artistic and interpretive manner. I have a video/audio recording station that let’s me do my podcasts ( ) and video production.

What I want to do and what I am doing has increased.

The journey continues – seeking that one device that can do everything.


The laughter I hear

Drifting in an out of conversations..

“She said what…”

“I told him that it was a take it or leave it deal…”

“I think my phone call was the one that put them over the top…”

“If we go, you are going to drive, right?”

I don’t mean to hear the snippets as I drift through the airport, but there is no where to put my ears that they are closed. You can’t wear your noise cancelling headsets through the airport every time you walk through the airport.

So you hear these snippets.

Sometimes when I am bored I make the snippets into conversations or carry on the last line into some fantasy that I create.

But for now, I just heard the snippets.


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Friends and time

I went to dinner last night with an dear friend of many years and a new friend of the past year. the first thing is I am amazed (although at my age I guess its kind of silly on my part) at how many great friends I have.

And I do have great friends – who span many different groups and places both inside and outside of Microsoft. It seems to me that over time friends become more and more important to me.

Friends make the world a little smaller and a lot happier.

So, to my friends. You know who you are and thank you for all your help and support!


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Four trips to Washington

2 to the state

2 to DC.





Why is that? I have spent 10 + days in the state and capital named for our founding father and it has rained 9 of the 10 days. The 10th day it started out raining but cleared up so I am counting that as a sunny day.

In Washington State its not so much rain rather its a mist. In DC it was a lock down the dogs and cats wash away rain, and then an all day drizzle.

It is truly an amazing thing.

Oh yeah – the days in between (one day in Tampa and a few in Indy) – most days were sunny.

I guess fate is guiding me away from Washington.


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