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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

How "Online" Has Chaned Lives

Over the past 10 years the Internet has taken hold and more of what we do has moved online. While the following is by no means a complete list it's meant to show a sampling of activities and tasks that were 10 or so years ago done primarily offline.

Online banking was around 10 years ago but it was no where near as common as it is today. You wopuld be hard pressed to find a bank that doesn't offer online banking options. I don't know about you but the last time I was in an actual bank is when I opened my account. I have not mailed a check in years...I like many others pay all my bills online via my bank. Learn more about online banking here.

When's the last time you bought an actual CD? I think the last CD I purchased would have been around 1999/2000. I finished ripping all my CD'd to mp3's years ago and don't even have a CD player in my house. As much as I despise it, Itunes changed the way people buy music. Some even say that now is the time for major retailers such as Best Buy to get out of the CD business all together. Can't say I would disagree.

I have not set foot in a mall in almost 10 years. I buy all gifts online and have even purchased some of my cloths online. I use to visit bookstores a few times a's been years since I've been in one. I will either download an ebook or order books for delivery to my house. And yes, I've even ordered groceries online a few times.

I remember going to the library when I need to do some research on a topic or subject. Yes, an actual building filled with real books. It's going on almost 15 years since I set foot in a library...I don't even know if I could find what I was looking for in a library if I tried. I recall some sort of card system for finding books...

When I was in school you had to actually go to class. There was no such thing as an online education. If you wanted a degree you had to physically go a school, sit in a classroom (with actual books!) and do all of your assignments on paper. Other people were physically there too, including a teacher. I took some classes online 3 years ago and never had to leave my couch, not even for the tests. That's my kind of learning.

Remember that thing called a newspaper? It use to that most people got their news from a newspaper. It was made of real paper and believe it or not someone would actually bring it you your house every day. Heck, we even paid to get it! By the time you were done checking out the news you had ink all over your hands and there wasn't even a way to leave a comment. Right around the time Google News came around I dropped the paper. Now with Google Reader + my favorite RSS feeds reading a paper would feel like taking a trip to a museum.

Video Games
10 years or so ago online multiplayer games were rare. Broadband had not yet taken hold in residences so most multiplayer game were vs computer players or done on a LAN. Trying to do anything online on a dial up modem was, well, painful.

Directions and Maps
I actually use to carry maps (on paper!) in my car. If I was going on a trip I sat down before leaving, looked at the map and wrote our directions. If I was visiting someone for the first time I might even have called them to get directions. Services like Mapquest and Google maps have all but elimiated the need for paper maps. Like almost everyone else I get all my directions / maps on my computer or when I'm in the car on my phone. 100 to 1 says my kids (all under 3 at this point) will never own a paper map of any kind in their lifetime.

As I mentioned earlier that's just a short list of things in my life that have moved almost 100 online over the past 10 years. How about you? What activities in your life have moved online?

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Google Girl vs Firefox Girl

Who do you prefer, Firefox girl or Google girl?

Google Launches IMAP Support for Gmail

Earlier this week Google launched a new IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) service for Gmail that allows users to sync Gmail with e-mail clients.

"It keeps the same information synced across all devices so that whatever you do in one place shows up everywhere else you might access your e-mail," said David Murray, associate product manager, in a blog post.

You can enable IMAP in your Gmail account by clicking Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP and then checking the "Enable IMAP" OPTION.

Nice. I've been looking for a way that makes sense to use Gmail on my Treo 750.

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Talking iPod

So the rumors are everywhere as Apple tries to set the pace in terms of what will be hot for the 2006 holiday shopping season. Microsoft has announced their "iPod killer" so it's only fitting that rumors start to circulate about a talking iPod. Apple need something new to captivate the attention of consumers this year...will a talking iPod be enough?

"A new generation of machines will use sophisticated software to convert the names of bands, albums and individual tracks into recognisable speech.

The new iPod will tell you what it is about to play, removing the need for users to look at the screen while selecting music, and making the device safer and easier to use while driving, cycling or in badly-lit locations. "

Palm Pulls Treo 650 from Europe

Palm has stopped shipping its Treo 650 smartphone in Europe as the device falls foul of newly ratified environmental regulations.

The current model does not comply with the RoHS Directive that came into effect on 1 July. The regulation limits the amount of hazardous material such as lead, mercury and cadmium that can be used in electronic devices.

Palm said that it will still be able to sell its existing stock of Treo 650 phones that are already in Europe.

The company plans to introduce a new model by the end of the year that complies with the environmental rules, a spokesman told

The Treo 650 is the only Palm smartphone currently available in Europe. The company's Treo 700 model is available to buyers in North America only.

Palm's decision temporarily to shift focus away from the European market raises questions about its dedication to the region. The company has traditionally struggled in the European market.