Tech Break @ Five 0

Goodbye 40's - hello 50's. Can;t you tell how excited I am?

Goodbye 40’s – hello 50’s. Can’t you tell how excited I am?

OK I just wanted to let all of you, my dedicated readers know that I will be taking a little break, for about a week in fact from tech blogging.

You see I am turning the big Five O and I am not happy about it. In fact I am downright depressed about the whole silly thing.

When I was young I was hip, cool and the talk of the town…. now what?

The good news is that I will be at Disney World with the family. I hope to be distracted from the who age thing and just enjoy our favorite place to be. Heck maybe Disney can work some of it’s magic and turn that gray into my youthful hair of the past.

If anything big breaks in tech news I of course will cover it, however otherwise I will try to remove myself from technology (except of course for my smart watch, my Galaxy Note 3, my iPad and my Surface tablet).

Separating ourselves from technology once in a while is reportedly a very wise and healthy thing to do so I will give it a whirl and see how it works out for me.

The Tech Blog returns the week of May 26.

Wish me luck bloggers…

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Old Terms for Technology Old Timers

The older you are the more you probably use these “old terms”. Are you guilty of any of these?


rotary-phoneMany people still say they are “dialing” a phone number. The term goes back to the beginning of the telephone era, when phones had a rotary dial. Rotary phones have not been used for decades, but people still say they’re dialing away.

Hanging Up

imagesSE9XHIIQUnless you’re using a pay phone you are not “hanging up” anything. That phrase refers to ending a phone call by placing a corded phone back into its holder, which, most often, literally hung on a wall.

Carbon Copy

This term originally referred to the days before making photo copies was possible. back in the “old” days in order to make copies, you would need to place a sheet of carbon paper behind the original sheet so the ink transferred over.



You probably know someone who always this. Plenty of people refer to a TV’s remote control as a clicker, because in the early days of television, the control used to make a very loud clicking sound.

The “Tube”

Referring to a TV as “the tube” probably means you are 50 years of age or older. TVs today are flat-panel LCD or Plasma screens as compared to their predecessors which were made with cathode ray tubes (hence the nickname).

Tuning In

This term was applicable when TVs relied on antennas to get good reception. Users literally had to tune the rabbit ears atop a set in order to get a good signal.


vhsThere are several ways people still use the word “tape,” but many use it when talking about recording their TV shows with a DVR. “Tape” is a relic leftover from the days of actual tapes and VHS players. I am guilty of this particular old term more then any other.


This is the universal term for reversing something to watch it again, whether it’s a DVD, a streaming video on Netflix or YouTube. However keep in mind that there is actually nothing to wind anymore because to rewind something requires physical tape.

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The Changing Web Landscape

2014 is going to be a challenging and exciting year for CIOs in local government. Although there are several high stake considerations for CIOs I believe that 2014 and 2015 will for many of us focus on the quickly changing web services landscape.

Web Services, Social Media and Mobile Platforms

Steve Jobs really did change the tech world back in 2010 and web services are continuing to adapt.

Steve Jobs really did change the tech world back in 2010 and web services are continuing to adapt.

Websites have been around a long time. The world wide web (www) was created 24 years ago (1990). I know that’s hard to believe – but it is true. Then in 1993 the world wide web went public and websites were born, which means they have been around for a very long time indeed. Since then websites continued to develop from what had been static text only pages to the dynamic sites online today. Fast forward to 2010 when something very exciting was introduced that changed the tech world forever. On April 3, 2010 the first iPad was released and people began using the web in ways never consider before.

Today many consumers use their tablets and smartphones more then their computers.

It is because of this radical change in how people use the internet – and what they expect from it that new ways of providing web services are simply necessary. I believe that organization’s websites, although remaining very important now only play one part in reaching out to their stakeholders. Web services must be available easily and effectively on mobile devices, either through “apps” or “responsive design”.  This will be challenging for organizations because technology services are complex and often expensive. However without adapting to these very real trends organizations will fall behind as consumers will simply go elsewhere for their information and products.

The challenge here for CIOs will be to reach out into these new unexplored directions to find the best mix of solutions while at the same time remaining financially responsible to their organization.

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