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Look Ma, No Hands

July 1, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

Today, all California drivers have to utilize hands-free technology in order to talk on their phones in their car. I, for one, couldn’t be more pleased. Since moving to California in 1999, I’ve lamented the, ahem, driving skills of Californians. Talking on cell phones certainly contributed to the lack of using turn signals phenomena and other less than stellar California driving techniques. I hope that now that this law is in effect that our collective driving skills and safety will increase on California roads. Certainly, technology will play a role in developing the “in car” telephony experience with voice instructions (and voice texting?) likely to become more prevalent. My phone has voice dialing, but I don’t currently utilize it, but in honor of July 1 hands-free car phone day, I may just explore utilizing this feature. Coming soon (I’m sure) will be voice activated navigation (go to “300 East Tasman Drive in San Jose, CA” for example) rather than the rather klunky entering the town, street, street number system that is prevalent. And, then of course, we’ll all have web based traffic reports that tells our car which way to go in order to get to our destination the quickest. Ain’t technology grand?

Expanding Circles

Last week, the New York Times ran a piece on doctors’ use-or non-use-of electronic recordkeeping. The article focused on contradictory observations: electronic recordkeeping can reduce errors and improve patient care (and deliver a host of other benefits), yet a surprisingly high number of doctors’ offices aren’t making the transition. Their concerns: the cost of switching over and the retraining involved. Hurdles that exist across every industry and decade when faced with new technologies. My own physician in Los Gatos made the jump about a year ago. He and his colleagues still haven’t completely embraced their laptops and now and then I hear grumbles. But they are starting to see the advantages. Read More »

Cisco Live! 2008 – Cisco Insights on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan; Energy Efficient Data Center

On Tuesday, Cisco announced it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2012.I spoke with Sean Worthington, Vice President, Information Technology and Rob Rolfsen, Director of Sustainable Development, to hear their insights on how Cisco will accomplish this. Also included below is Rob Aldrich, Director of Data Center Solutions, who talks about Cisco’s Efficiency Assurance Program, which was launched as a beta on Tuesday. The site will allow users to estimate the energy efficiency of their IT operations.Sean Worthington, Vice President, Information TechnologyHow is IT going to help Cisco meet its green goals? Rob Rolfsen, Director of Sustainable DevelopmentHow will Cisco accomplish its greenhouse gas reduction goals? Rob Aldrich, Director of Data Center SolutionsWhat is Cisco doing to help its data center customers reach their green goals?

Cisco Live! 2008 – Padmasree Warrior on Collaboration through Inclusion

Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer, just finished her keynote here at Cisco Live! 2008. In her presentation, one of the key concepts she touched upon was driving innovation by collaboration through inclusion — bringing together talented people from around the globe to accomplish great things. In the video below, Padmasree talks about this theme and what it means to Cisco.Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer Also, please take a listen to a podcast interview with Padmasree.

Graduates, my advice for you is this…

June 25, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

The daughter of a colleague graduated from high school yesterday. Big day. First day of the rest of your life, etc. It made me think of my high school graduation and how drastically EVERYTHING has changed since I walked across the stage of North Stanly High School in New London, NC….I can’t remember the year. Let’s just say that it was sometime last millennium. Here are some differences off the top of my head:Now: Internet access everywhere…to the tune of 1.4 BILLION people worldwide according to an IDC report released today.Then: An inter-net was the lining of men’s swim trunks. Now: Green is everywhere.Then: Green meant lettuce or beans…or Kermit. Now: Cisco has nearly $40B in annual revenue.Then: Cisco just started existence. Now: Facebook.Then: A pen pal. Now: Apple MacBook Pro.Then: Commodore 64. Now: Grand Theft Auto.Then: Pong. Read More »