timeforcake: A tech Q&A and 5 links
Last week at Copper I found myself sitting on a chairlift with an older fellow who (it appeared) had just downed five shots of espresso. Everything would have been okay had he not (somehow) suddenly recognized me from the photo that regularly accompanies my articles. And so I found myself robotically answering his questions as the chairlift continued to whisk us uphill. “Yes, version 3.0 this” “No, it’s not normal when that pops up every day.” “No, we don’t fix computers; we design and build websites.”As we began to near the end of our ride the fellow leaned over and asked, “So. If you could only, say, choose ONE technology or tech-related-thing that you could use, what would it be? What’s your favorite technology?”I quickly looked over at him. My grin faded as I discovered that he was, indeed, truly expecting an actual answer from me. I sighed but figured it would be more polite to respond than it would be to turn my music back on and ignore him for the last 30 seconds of our chair ride.I sat in silence for a moment pondering how I could possibly provide an even semi-coherent answer in response to such an odd, uncomfortably vague question.Pictures of online tools and blindingly fast processors and super-widescreen monitors and shiny iPhones and GPS gadgets and the like flashed through my mind. Yet nothing I visualized struck me as something I couldn’t possibly live without.I remained quiet and in thought as we neared the end of our lift ride. The bar came up. The fellow continued to stare at me, waiting for my response. And then, just like that, I knew exactly how to answer his question.”Well,” I said as he raised his eyebrows expectantly. “In all honesty, if I could only choose ONE thing … I’d have to say that I’d choose that fancy technology they use at SureFoot down at the base there in Center Village. You know – they have those fancy scanners and they make custom footbeds for you? THAT technology makes it so I can have a super good time when I’m out here, way more so than I used to be able to. And to me, honestly, that’s way more important than iPhones and iPads and all those things. So yeah, that would have to be my answer. That’s my favorite technology. You really should go try it yourself. Plus all those guys are super nice in there and they help you out, so it’s really cool. You’d love it. I do. I mean, it lets me have way more fun, and that’s why I live here, you know?”As we stood up and rode down the mellow slope away from the lift I glanced over at the fellow. He was frowning. Actually, it was more like he was – scowling. He went left, I went right. And I had an awesome run thanks to my most favorite technology.
1. http://tinyurl.com/4wxfuv – A guide on how to keep your computers and gadgets plugged in and connected as you travel the world.2. http://tinyurl.com/yb2fqrq – Not everything on the Web has to be read. Here’s a really nice photo for you to look at. A photo of skyscrapers. Made out of staples.3. http://www.fonolo.com – A free service that makes it “easier and less frustrating to call large companies” by allowing you to skip the pressing-lots-of-numbers-to-talk-to-someone requirements and those annoying, time-wasting mazes of voice prompts.4. http://tinyurl.com/m423r – Now THIS is why the Web is such a wonderful thing. I mean, before you had Internet access, where could one go to find 15 photos of amazingly fat cats like the ones you’ll see when you visit this link??5. http://tinyurl.com/moe32q – A blog post discussing 10 ways you can become a great social media user. Too lazy to read the article? Here’s the quick summary: socialize, diversify, participate, contribute, be real, be consistent, be meaningful, get creative, monitor and be relevant. eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design and development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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