Jim’s WebLetter for 12/21/13

Hi-ya WebFolks!

It’s the last WebLetter of the year as we take some time off and enjoy the holiday with family.  I sincerely hope your family has a wonderful Christmas and New Year. 

It’s this time of the year when writers reflect on the year and make predictions for the year ahead.  I choose not to reflect but to look ahead, as there are so many things about to happen in the tech world.  Let’s look at some of them.  Forbes listed it’s top Digital Trends for 2014.  http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgedeeb/2013/12/11/top-digital-trends-for-2014/ 
High on the list were wearable technology and the Internet of Things. 

I’ve written before about the latter as it seems everywhere you look, gadgets that are connected to the internet are popping up everywhere.   They are primarily the result of the smartphone which has you connecting with the internet through wifi or 4G, and can use GPS tracking for determining where you are at any given moment, and, oh yea, you can make phone calls on it, too.   But the smartphone, through the use of apps, can now help you monitor your life and the lives of others.  It has become the connection to other internet connected gadgets. 

Christopher Mims of Quartz has written a piece about the Internet of Things and how it will turn our heads from the things of the Web.  How?  The computer will take on a whole new look and experience as it works for you in the background as a personal monitor and in the foreground as the answer-bot to all your needs and concerns.  http://qz.com/156075/internet-of-things-will-replace-the-web/  For people like me who have been connected to the World Wide Web, that comes as a bit of a surprise.  What I have been reporting for more than 16 years is the growth and maturing of the Web, a branch of the internet that features graphics and databases that are accessed with IP addresses connected by domain names.  And to think that this may be replaced by something that takes on a life of its own. 

Another article by Venture Beat grabbed my attention this week as IBM has made predictions for the future of technology including what will become of the classroom.  They foresee computers getting smaller and more compact, able to handle more information, and built into more devices that run when we need.  http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/16/ibm-reveals-its-top-five-predictions-for-the-next-five-years/

Last, an article in TheNextWeb is about speech replacing text in computing.  Apple’s Siri and Google’s Now already listens to our voice, learns our voice mannerisms and responds to our queries.   Instead of typing out our searches, we can now just speak and the program responds.  Now imagine that happening with everything we want to do.  Welcome to the future … http://thenextweb.com/dd/2013/12/18/give-voice-apps-speech-will-replace-touch-smart-devices-primary-input/

Working at the call center of a major bank, I deal with customer complaints. A very irate customer called one day to declare, “My new computer banking software doesn’t work.”
While trying to determine the problem, I eventually realized the software was working perfectly. I began to explain this when the customer interrupted me, saying, “But money isn’t coming out of the printer!”
(Thanks, Christine)
A man scolded his son for being so unruly and the child rebelled against his father. He got some of his clothes, his teddy bear and his piggy bank and proudly announced, “I’m running away from home!”
The father calmly decided to look at the matter logically. “What if you get hungry?” he asked.
“Then I’ll come home and eat!” bravely declared the child.
“And what if you run out of money?”
“I will come home and get some!” readily replied the child.
The man then made a final attempt, “What if your clothes get dirty?”
“Then I’ll come home and let mommy wash them,” was the reply.
The man shook his head and exclaimed, “This kid is not running away from home, he’s going off to college!!”
(Thanks, Robert)
Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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