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Look Ma, No Hands

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 »

Graduates, my advice for you is this…

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 »

Cisco Live! 2008 – Customers Comment on Event, What Collaboration Means to Them

Michael Baker Corporation’s Jeremy Gill, Verizon’s Chip Freund and Caterpillar’s Steve Bergstrom spent a few mintues with me this morning to talk about what they’ve learned at Cisco Live! 2008 and what collaboration means to them. Jeremy Gill, Vice President, Information Technology, Michael Baker CorporationChip Freund, Director, Managed Services Product Marketing, VerizonSteve Bergstrom, Enterprise Voice and UC Architect, Caterpillar

Cisco Live! 2008 – Collaboration and IT

Doug Dennerline, SVP and GM, Collaboration Software Group, on pervasive trends in the enterprise, and how these impact IT:George Kurian, VP and GM, Data Center Technology, talks about trends in virtualization and what Cisco’s vision is for this technology.