Love them or hate them, technology buzz words are here to stay. Often they’re helpful to get people interested in a new technology. But other times, a buzzword becomes so overhyped that it becomes loathed. The term “cloud computing” nearly became a hated buzzword a few years ago, simply because everyone used it, but didn’t really know what it meant. Over time however, people eventually learned the true power of the cloud and the term was accepted because it became a legitimate technology to the IT community.
I’ve been to plenty of lunches and dinners with various friends, family and business associates where the conversation hits one of those common yet uncomfortable lulls in the conversation.
Google Trends made a big splash back in early 2009 when the H1N1 “Swine Flu” virus began. The tool was used as a barometer to watch for people searching for symptoms of the illness.
I frequently travel through Asia on 48+ hour trips with no hotel stay. I sleep on the bus or plane. At first, these long trips were difficult for me because I had to use my gadgets carefully, trying to conserve battery power. I would also instinctively try to seek out a place to plug in my iPod and two iPhone’s. Living my life constantly worried about battery life is no way to live. Sure, I have a Macbook Pro that boasts 8-9 hours of life. But let’s be honest, it’s more like 6 hours…which is still fantastic but ultimately still limiting. Plus, as soon as you plug in an iPod or iPhone, it drains much of the Macbook Pro’s battery. I badly needed an alternative.
I have to make frequent visits from where I’m currently living in Northern Thailand to Bangkok. The bus is the best option for me. Unfortunately, it’s a 10 hour one-way trip. That means I have to keep my self entertained. But with today’s technology, it’s easy to do. For example, the Oishi green tea juice box I was given by the bus service contained a QR code.
On the box it was referred to as an “AR Technology” Code. I took AR as being “Augmented Reality”. That’s a bit misleading but maybe that’s what the company that Oishi uses refers to QR as. By the way, QR is short for “Quick Response”.