Say goodbye to procrastination

Procrastination is old news

If you are like any other business person you know that one ritual that takes place when ever you meet someone new is the formal exchange of business cards. Now you know that I am a proponent of using advance technologies including taking advantage of apps such as ” Bump”. However for this posting I want to stay focused on the “traditional” approach to business networking and take a moment to talk about step two of the exchange of business cards.
After you collect the card what do you do with it back at the office? Place it on your desk with a bunch of other cards? Place it into a CRM program like salesforce. Perhaps even you reach out to the person and connect with them on a business social network such as LinkedIn or Plaxo? If so, give yourself 10 points since mot people do not. Most people just let the business cards pile up.
This is where CardMunch comes in. Who has time to it and type all the information into a database? Not I…. CardMuch does more than just type thing up for you. Here is a link to their ” How it work page. Take a look I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

BNI (Business Network International) gets Plugged In

Mobinett Interactive

Changing the way the world connects

At the upcoming Business Network International conference to be held May 20th at the Westin Providence, members will be able to have a new way to connect and interact with each other using their smart phones and social networking on the go. Watch this short video Plugging In at the RI BNI Conference May 20th that explains how to get this new revolution brought by Mobinett Interactive for free.

With a little help from my friends and their friends as well


That's what friends are for

I loved  reading the Peanuts comic strip. My favorite scenes were when Charlie Brown would come to ask Lucy a question and get her advice. We all have a friend like Lucy. The truth is that we have so many friends we rely on to give us simple advice from relationship questions, what clothing do they think I should get, or even what movie should I go and see.

Our friends are our world, our trusted advisors for times of joy and thankfully there for us at times of sorrow and stress. We have all turned to ask questions such as: ” What should I do about my aging mother? What should I do about my work situation? What do think I should tell my son/daughter about…. Friends are the best thing for us. And at time, even though we may not admit it out loud ( only around our friends) they are closer to u then our own families. Not to say that some of u are not best friends with our families.

If you grew up like me, in a culture where everyone, including people who were not your friends or relatives ( such as in My Big Fat Greek Wedding) loved to tell you what you should do. Well, today, March 26th, 2011 Facebook has finally made our lives much simpler or even more stressful since now we can not only ask our friends for answer, but we can get their friends friends answer as well.

As the saying goes, there are always two side to every coin. I for one am thrilled that now I have an application that can let me not only get the opinions of my closest friends but also have their closest friends, and their closest friends give me their opinion :lol:

I think facebook has again given us a wonderful application to use and eek out ” words of wisdom” from our most trusted supporters, our best friends. Let me know what you think and what are the typical questions you tend to ask for advice from you bet friends.

And by the way, if you would like to enable the application on your facebook  just click this link. You will see it as an option in your status bar.

Where are you now? Have you checked in?

How many of you remember the old days when you rolled into town , called to check in with your friends or relatives and say..” Hey, I just arrived in LA, I’m here for a few days and I would love to get together”. Well, social media applications have allowed us to make leaps and bounds with those types of announcements.

Forget about making one phone call! All you have to do these days is use your favorite application to “check in” at a location and “Shazam!” your entire connected social network of friends or business associates now know that you are at a specific location. Next thing you know, a few texts, messages or a tweets roll in  saying something like: “Hey, I didn’t know you’re in town. Do you have some time to get together?”

Thanks to the pioneer efforts of Foursquare, with a growing list of 7 million users, your connections can know where you are every time you check in.

Foursquare vs places

Do you see me know?

As they say, great ideas are always mimicked.  After a short time Facebook with its massive network of 500 million users jumped on the bandwagon with the “Places” application.

Geo-location use continues to rise. If you are in a concert or convention you may see who among your friends are at the same place you are at. One of the other great tools of these apps is the ability to read the recommendations left for the location by other people you may not know. Let’s say you check in at a new restaurant and you want to know what’s great on the menu. You may want to Check In with either application and see what people have recommended. Hey, you may even find that this is a popular hangout of your friends!  So, which app do you like using when arriving at a destination Foursquare Check-in, or Facebook Places? One thing is certain, we love hearing where we are and what we think about the places we travel to.

Man Vs. Machine -The John Henry Story retold by IBM

man vs machine

Is it time to rethink the advances of technology?

Little can be said for certain about the facts of John Henry’s life, but his tale has become the stuff of myth. He has embodied the spirit of growth in America for over a century. But his legacy cannot be solely summed up in the image of a man with a hammer, a former slave representing the strength and drive of a country in the process of building itself. Something within his story established John Henry as a fixture of the popular imagination.  “John Henry” is the single most well known and often recorded American folk song.

Steel-drivin’ men like John Henry used large hammers and stakes to pound holes into the rock, which were then filled with explosives that would blast a cavity deeper and deeper into the mountain. In the folk ballads, the central event took place under such conditions. Eager to reduce costs and speed up progress, some tunnel engineers were using steam drills to power their way into the rock. According to some accounts, on hearing of the machine, John Henry challenged the steam drill to a contest. He won, but died of exhaustion, his life cut short by his own superhuman effort.

In 2008 as part of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicle John Henry is brought into the picture. John Henry is a sentient computer built by Catherine Weaver’s Babylon team at ZeiraCorp. His initial hardware and software were the Turk chess computer built by Andrew “Andy” David Goode. He is named John Henry by his psychologist, Dr. Boyd Sherman, after the mythical steel driving John Henry of American folklore. John Henry is given complete control over the building’s electrical service at Weaver’s insistence, so that he can route electrical power to his servers as necessary to develop his mind. Input is provided electronically at first, and later through voice recognition. Initially, he has no textual output, and can express himself only with visual imagery. Once connected to Cromartie’s T-888 body, however, he speaks and also see through the lab’s security cameras.

In his brief time working with John Henry, Dr. Sherman is not able to instill ethics in the computer. John Henry is aware that Dr. Sherman is suffering when John Henry routes the building’s power away from the security and climate control systems, and causes a trapped Dr. Sherman to die by hyperthermia, but does not care. John Henry does not understand that death is permanent for humans. He is aware that Dr. Sherman is dead, yet summons emergency medical personnel to revive him. James Ellison who, like Weaver, tends to refer to Biblical scripture, suggests to Weaver that, as John Henry is a computer and can be given commands, she should start with “the first ten”.

In the season finale, after Connors’ confrontation with Catherine Weaver, Weaver admits that she built John Henry AI to fight against Skynet. It’s also seen that John Henry is no longer connected to the server farm in the basement, gaining mobility via what seems to be Cameron’s chip.

In Science Fiction series anything is possible. It however our curiosity that bring Sci Fi into reality. In Mid February we saw another jump from what can only be another step towards making fiction everyday reality. In a special Jeopardy program Watson, the IBM super computer won a three day competition against the  show’s greatest champions: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

At the end Watson, the machine built by humans, earned a total of $77,147. Jennings collected $24,000 in three days of competition, while Rutter garnered $21,600.“I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords,” Jennings humorously wrote on his video screen, ceding the Jeopardy battle to his mechanical competitor.

Watson’s victory is the culmination of years of research and development for IBM. Watson calculates hundreds of algorithms simultaneously to parse human language complexities such as puns in order to find the answer through its massive database. The machine is powered by 90 32-core IBM Power 750 Express servers with a total of 16 terabytes of memory.

The battle of man vs. machine goes back to the 1800 with legends of John Henry. Today we see the the machines continue to work harder than mankind. And we have to admit that we have just seen another step in our ability to build machine who can supersede us in our thoughts. It’s official: The machines are smarter than mankind, at least when it comes to game shows.

Has anyone seen my…..

Warp speed ahead

Anyone living  with someone else, roommate, spouse, family etc. has certainly found themselves relying on the other person for help with finding something that we need. In the not so distant past what we searched for  used to be something that we misplaced. When we were in our in school the librarian was considered the search master.

No one knew better than the librarian where to find information for a particular subject.  Of course you can use the school library or the town library to search for the information you need. The problem is that not all libraries have the same information.

In my city Worcester, MA all of the public libraries are networked. So if you are searching for, or better yet ask the librarian for assistance to search for a topic, subject you might find that you can just go to the second floor, but rather have to take the bus to the library that is 20 minutes away. But thanks to advancements  in technology you can have the book saved for you. (Not like the olden days of video stores, when you called and asked : ” do you have the latest…. movie?” and they would say: ” sure, we have lots of copies just come on down”. Next thing you know when you get there no video is available for you to rent).

Haven’t you noticed how library budgets are being cut back drastically? What happened to our faithful search assistant? Are they getting too old? are we adding to much information to our Information Super Highway that we need new search tools? Yep! You guessed it!

Twitter now uses REAL TIME SEARCH. When George Lucas exposed us in the 70′s to Hyper drive. some people didn’t realize that we would be doing it in our own time. Information is getting placed on the web faster than we can process it. Yes. Search Engine Optimization is still very important but Google is getting a little old and  perhaps  it is having memory problems as it grows older in age.

Our needs have changed: We want things now and not 2 seconds ago! Real time search engines helps us with just that need. The problem is that the real time search engines are still in their infancy stage and they have much to learn from Professor Google, Dr. Yahoo and MSN A.K.A. BING. Who are these youngsters? well, their parents have been giving the funny names Twitter SearchScoopler, Collecta, Topsy, CrowdEye but we soon will get to know them as our best friends. They are fast and ferocious checking out blogs, tweets, post comments, and much more. It’s like having infants that instead of feeding on nutritious breast milk they are being fed Red Bull!


Taking it to the street…

Remember the days of sitting in front of your computer and searching the Internet?

Well, my friends, those days are slowly becoming the past. According to Web Pro, more and more of us are now surfing the World Wide Web using our cell phones. That’s correct. Our mobile devices are becoming much more adaptable to web browsing.

Watch this great video presentation by Web Pro. Feel free to share your comments below:

Getting comfortable using your gadget

Smart phones for Tech Success

Features we can use for Tech Success

These days you may find thousands of articles and posts covering each new device that is brought out to market. This is great news and I am an avid fan of new tools! There is also something that we need to consider when we decide to make the eventual shift to any new device.
How will I manage my data now? How will I access my older data?
Just like with any other device we use, it takes time to become comfortable using it and having our brain understand what we need to do in order to access the information we have at our fingertips.
Do we rush to embrace each new tool? Will it give us infinite new ways to do what we already can do today?
The question we should always ask ourselves is as simple as looking at the paper and pen in front of you, next to your computer.
Why do you still use pen/pencil and paper? Perhaps it is because even with all the advancements we have in our lives, we have not yet managed to be as comfortable as we would like with what we have by our side. The simplest tools or the ones we have had time to learn how to use well are those that we tend to gravitate towards.

Overwhelmed by choice

Making apps choice that will work for you

It seems to be that no matter where e find ourselves these days the rule of thumb is that we have choices. Walk into any store and you will find many types of the same products. If you have ever stood in front of a row of products and starred aimlessly at the choices and then said to yourself  “forget it!” I’m certain you are not alone.

Knowing to select a unique product that  is the  right one from sea of same products can be overwhelming. Which is better? Is the cheaper brand not as good? Will the expensive one be the best? Let’ take milk as an example. This should be simple right? Now, what if we are talking about something that you will use everyday and always have it with you? Yes. I’m referring to the applications we download onto our smart-phone device.

At least for now it is good that we are limited to what apps we can chooses depending on our device operating system. This still leaves us with an enormous selection of apps. Yes. The deluge of new apps coming into the market is something that can be hard to know what are the most useful or most entertaining.

In this rich social media environment it is great that we can get fast reviews and opinion from people we trust. Having the most useful apps at our fingertip will allow us to achieve Tech Success.

Those were the days my friend…

Choosing applications for Tech Success

Choosing applications for Tech Success

Once upon a time, not too long ago, we used to place disks in our computers for the sole purpospe of running a program. This might seem as if I am writing about the distant past but the fact is that in the 1980′s we were inserting floppy drives (one after another) to hungry machines. Take a fast jump to the present and you will find that our need for running applications has not slowed at all. In fact, we have increased both our needs and desire for applications that will help us make our work and personal lives more manageable and enjoyable.

In the past only a  handful of application would come out each year. They would be designed by a fraction of the folks who are sitting right now and writing the next great app. Application are coming out to the market at super fast speeds. Although the app are easy to use, it still take most consumers a certain amount of time before we can understand how to use each app. Tech Success is at our fingertips (and thumbs). Sorting out what app is best for your needs is not as difficult as it seems. Keeping pace with all the new apps that are coming out, now that is another story.