Why is that every once a while technology rears the ugly difficult head to the extreme? I ask, because most of the time technology and me get along just fine and have very few problems. But then there are those odd occasions, much as what has been going on for most of last week and has continued on into this week. It is during times like this one that I am just convinced that I was getting a bit cocky, unawares mind you, about some aspect of conquering technology and technology has decided to call me and hence put me in my place. Examples abound from the last few days, but let me go over just a few of them to give you all some idea of my recent frustration.
Has anyone else noticed the continued demise of language? This is especially true with the written word, I suppose largely because no one is writing by and large these days outside of a few eccentrics who do still put pen to paper. It is getting worse though with each passing day and especially those days that bring with it new technologies. I have noted as much in the past myself when debating the nature of keeping a journal online or in written form and I am seeing it first hand even starting to occur with myself.
Mid-last week Amazon announced a couple of new services called Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. There was much hub-bub after the announced about how this would put Amazon ahead of Google and Apple in this niche of the field and much grinding of teeth over the seeming very open privacy options that Amazon has stated in the Terms of Service for these particular services. I want to give some thoughts on both aspects, but first I think should define just what each is.
Greetings once again friends. I was knocking it out the park with the blogging daily here and weekly on my other blogs up through early February. Would like to say I got bogged down with Valentines and Birthdays and such, and though I did somewhat, reality is I also had some other things I had to get done and was just generally lazy on top of it. Regardless though, I am ready to ground at a run again and WordPress has finally released the much-anticipated 3.1 version of the all around best CMS. Yes, I said CMS. And yes I also said best of all that are out there. Okay, maybe best is pushing it just a bit, though I am feeling that way overall these days – but I will say hands down most widely used these days.
Something that really gets in my crawl in a major way is all the specialized browser tools. It is a big frustration to me and I am sure it is to the world in general as well. The whole point of the original format of the HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) was to be universal. It was to be interpreted by the browser of course and displayed on the screen in a free flow format. Of course each browser could interpret each set of commands slightly different and show up on the screen in a different format. That was fine though, so long as the content within the framework was the same all was good. Times have changed however, and with each turn of the crank, where in theory we should be moving closer to not only universal implementation but the same view we instead specialize and go farther away from hardly anything on the web being universal.
My loving wife and mother-in-law got me an Amazon Kindle for Christmas. I was still on the fence about them but decided that the number of free books and papers that were available on them for legal download was starting to make it make sense. Now that I have one, I think the name should be changed from Amazon Kindle to Amazin Kindle. I am truly thankful the gift and totally enamored with the device and it flexibility and usability. Of course, I am not sure I would have felt that way and would certainly have not put it on my list if had not been for the sweet price drop sometime in the late fall last year. So, some of the amazin features about the Kindle follow, but really when you get right down to it, the thing just so many incredible features that I am sure I am missing something.