Torsted on Tech Blog: Archive

Which Way Did They Go?

As we remember from history Lewis and Clark made the first map of the then recent Louisiana Purchase.  In all they created 140 maps.  Google’s Street View project is underway to create a pictorial map of the entire world and add data and links to it.  They have filmed 6 million miles of road and(…)

Hey Kids, what time is it?

It is not Howdy Doody time.  I still wear a watch out of habit but my kids almost never wear one.  The difference between the time that I take to turn my wrist versus taking out my phone to check time, email, texts or calls is what? – a couple seconds.  There are over a(…)

Pay Attention, Every Day!

“Plan your work, work your plan.” is a problem when management does not track performance against plan.  The bigger the gap between performance/plan creates a greater need for change.  So the longer there is denial or inattention to that gap, the bigger the crisis will be.  Strategy needs to be created with broad input from(…)

How many riders have survived the Citibike program beside me?

…Apparently, all of us, so far! I think that the reason for so much surprise is the struggle in the street among the drivers, the cyclists and the pedestrians.  As I am all three, I see the difference in the perspectives.  When I am walking, I fear getting taken out by a cab or bus. (…)

Dr. Google, I presume?

Is the medical industry about to learn what Microsoft is learning about competing with Google?  Selling a service regulated by state governments limits new competitors and ways of doing things.  However, what can you do when you have a competitor who can and will provide the service much cheaper or free across state lines?  Especially(…)

Bones, Where did you put the tongue depressers?

Can anyone be a great technologist if they did not watch Star Trek? When you listen to everyone’s vision for the future, it always goes back to Gene Roddenberry. We already have the tablets replacing books. I read about the development of Bone’s Tricorder in the near future. Getting warp drives will take a while(…)

Well, I guess we will not be fighting over the remote control anymore

If TV sales are dropping globally, what are people doing with their time?  Use of video is not dropping.  My kids have not been allowed to have televisions in their rooms but this has not stunted their video fascination.  My first clue came from seeing my son with the first iPad curled up on the(…)

Hello, 2010 Calling

Three and a half years, 900,000 apps and 300+ million tablets sold later, it has occurred to Microsoft that their business model of a PC centric world may not be appropriate.  So whatever part of the PC market tablets do not cannibalize, the Chromebooks will go after.  Today HP brought out the HP Chromebook 11(…)