Technology is a tool

Bill Gates once stated, “Technology is just a tool.  In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”

I believe this to be very true, but not just with teachers; supervisors and upper management are like teachers are also responsible for working together and motivating and getting employees working together.  I read an article last week about how do you really know if you are a good leader; and the response to that was you really don’t know if you are a good leader or not, it is the people that you lead that determines if you are a good leader or not.  You can certainly work hard a leadership qualities, but according to the article by Bill Koza “Being a Good Leader is NOT Up To You. “  “How do you know?”

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By |2014-10-06T18:18:28+00:00October 6th, 2014|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|Tags: , |Comments Off on Technology is a tool

Where is the “wow”?

The new iPhones

This week Apple unveiled the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. While the improvements to the phone such as larger display and faster processor are nice, it is a far cry from the innovative changes Apple has been known for. Many have said one of the glaring features that Apple is loosing ground on is it’s Siri assistant. While the first Siri was revolutionary, they claim Siri have significant shortfalls when compared to Microsoft’s new assistant, Cortana. Are there some differences? Sure. Are they that expansive? I doubt most users would note the difference.

Many criticize Apple for the “Retina display.” It isn’t true HD. My response is…It’s a mobile device! If you want true HD go home and watch your television! The “Retina display” works just fine. In most cases, I do not notice a difference.

There has bee much criticism about the size of the iPhone. In recent versions of the iPhone, the display size have increased. The 6 comes in two sizes! I am interested to see, but my prediction is that the 6 will do much better than the 6 plus. Who wants to walk around with a belt clip for your phone?

The bottom line is that apple continues to innovate, the change is in our level of expectation. As Apple continues to create new ways to impact our lives, our expectations about what is possible also go up. This is what creates the sense of disappointment in the product. It is an inversely proportional relationship. As expectations increase, satisfaction decreases.

Until next time, just a thought from the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs; “Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest.”

 

By |2016-11-03T10:15:10+00:00September 12th, 2014|Categories: Joe Pendergast's Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Where is the “wow”?

Happy birthday…to me!

Well, one more year has passed and I’m finally feel like I’m getting older.  No more telling people I’m in my early 30s.  Oh well!  With age comes knowledge, right?  I think I heard that somewhere…

With my knowledge I am attempting to create a mobile data infrastructure within the agency.  I’m in the design stage now, but I think once it is finished and we implement a test location, it will revolutionize how we operate.  I think I will have an open discussion on that on my upcoming webinar.

 

In the meantime, if any of you out there that have done this already have any tips or tricks you would like to share, I’m all ears!

 

Picture of John Kincinas's Birthday

 

 

By |2013-11-07T19:39:33+00:00November 7th, 2013|Categories: John Kincinas's Posts|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Happy birthday…to me!

Technology and Common Sense

Gertrude Stein stated “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”  I agree with that statement 100%.  For me anyway, I am overloaded by information all day long.  People asking questions, phone requests as well as email requests.  My first reaction is to go to my technology and see what it says for an answer, not taking into account my own common sense.  I am so worried about what Bing or Google has to say about the answer that I don’t really think the problem out and use my fully capable brain.  I think we need to start looking into what the world says around us and use our common sense as appose to what does the technology says.  No I am not anti-technology, in fact I love my job as a technology administrator, but it is important to unwind the brain and take a look at what is going around you and use your common sense before you go to the technology.  I have found that I get better results with my common sense than going to Goggle or Bing.

Thunder and Molly

By |2016-11-03T10:15:20+00:00October 9th, 2013|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: , |Comments Off on Technology and Common Sense

Security

“Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”  Helen Keller

In life there are not certainties, but in technology there are certainties.  Keeping your identity and personal information secure online is a very important.  If you do not have the correct security credentials in place, hackers and even people who don’t know what they are doing can take your information and just destroy your reputation and your credibility.  Below are some ways to keep your information safe by keeping the security tighter.

  • Longer passwords are harder to crack, so go big and go random.
  • Don’t reuse passwords.  Create different passwords for each entity (e-mail, social media, etc.)
  • Don’t use personal information for password reset questions.
By |2016-11-03T10:15:24+00:00May 30th, 2013|Categories: Kari Schultz's Posts|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Security