Making the wonder of personal technology user-friendly for you!
Technology is like any tool, it can be used wisely or poorly. Technology is here to stay so it's up to use to decide how we will be using it. I wouldn't have met many of my friends, including you and the rest of the LFI group, without technology.
I also like the security of knowing that loved ones can get ahold of each other in case of an emergency. If you've ever left your phone at home when you headed out the door you know the fear of being out of touch. Yet we survived without cell phones just fine for years without fear.
It's a little like automobiles. We may rue the problems they cause but few of us could deal well in a world without them.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Technology: Are We Too Connected?
Hi Lori, I'm so sorry that happened to you. Do you know how you got hacked? Last week a hacker in Brazil tried over 1500 times to log into The Wonder of Tech. WordFence kept him at bay and notified me so I could block him from trying. The hacker used "admin" as the user name, which I got rid of years ago.
I would add #3 to your choices of figuring out why: that this was an indication for you to get better security for your websites. I know, major businesses and governments get hacked so we're losing a war against hackers. But just as you keep locks on the doors and windows to your home, you must try to get the best protection for your websites.
Again, I'm so sorry this happened to you. It's upsetting enough to get your email hacked, getting your website hacked is much worse! I hope the hackers stay far away from you in the future, Lori!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on I Got Hacked! What’s the Meaning of This?
@Jen Olney @wonderoftech So glad you enjoyed the article. I love sharing new and useful tech with readers.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Ginger’s Top 5 Blog Picks Of The Week – November 24th
Thank you very much for including The Wonder of Tech in this great list! I'm very honored to be included in this impressive list. I hope many people are able to discover new destinations with Pinterest Place Pins!
Unsubscribers take that butter knife, stab me in the heart and then twist it. I find out about unsubscribers because there is no button to push, unsubscribers have to email me and request to be taken off of my email list. So I feel your pain every time I get one of those emails.
How could they not want to relish every word of our stellar content? Certainly they have nothing better to do with their time than be enriched by our eloquence. What's so important that an email notification of a new article is an offense to them?
Perhaps they have been bodysnatched by aliens.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.thejackb.com/2013/11/19/care-unsubscribers/
Great run down, Jodi. My daughter filed her first college applications last night! She is applying EA everywhere that has that option. She wasn't sure enough to do ED and many of her friends feel the same way.
EA has many advantages, as you said, there are more slots open than for Regular Action.
She is also considering putting in early applications to the schools that don't have EA or Rolling Admissions just to get them out of the way, as you suggested.
Do you think there is any admission advantage to filing an application much earlier than the deadline other than relief from having the process over? Any idea whether students would actually hear earlier if they file their application way before the deadline?
This is a stressful but exciting time! Thanks for your guidance along the way. :-)
4 months, 1 week ago on Types of Admission Deadlines for Applying to College
@JodiOkun @wonderoftech Thanks, it's funny in the past week I've had three different college counselors mention not to put the name of the wrong college in the essay. That must happen a lot!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Don’t Look Too Common on The Common App
Good points. My senior is working on this now!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Don’t Look Too Common on The Common App
Congratulations, Barbara! You richly deserve the award. What a wonderful idea to bring attention to quality blogs such as yours.
I am very sorry about your loss. Losing a loved one is always difficult and a pet has a special place in our hearts. You're right, the losses help us to appreciate those we have around us.
5 months ago on Liebster Award
Hi Lori, Great debate. Josh is right, technology is a tool, it's up to us how we use it.
I recently wrote an article about The Cell Phone Challenge. http://www.wonderoftech.com/the-cell-phone-challenge-are-you-brave-enough/ That's an effective method of weaning yourself off of being absorbed with your phone rather than your dinner companion. It also works if your dinners companion is ignoring you.
I also agree with Barbara, technology can bring us closer together. I love our Hangouts where I visit with people from all over the world! Otherwise I would be at hone alone.
I first got started sharing my tech knowledge with ex-pats who were living far from home. By showing them tech, I opened up worlds to them so they could stay in touch with people back home for free.
My world would be a much lonelier place without tech. But I almost always use a clerk at the grocery store...
5 months, 1 week ago on Is Technology Making Us Antisocial?
Hi Babara, I'm so glad my article was helpful to you. Thanks so much for your kind words.
Yes, early adopters often pay a price but sometimes the excitement of shiny new tech is worth it. The developers of apps may be working hard on an update or may have already submitted it to Apple and are waiting for approval.
The best course is to contact the developer. They may not be aware of the glitch you are experiencing so can be alerted to the issue. Too many people fire off a bad review on iTunes without letting the developer know about the issue.
Good luck with Camera Pro Plus. I hope the developers release the update soon. The last update was in July of this year so I predict an update for iOS 7 will be coming soon.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on A Day In The Life … Early Bird Or Late Bloomer?
@KenMueller @wonderoftech Good thing I hung on to my platform shoes and tie dye shirts...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Old Words and Phrases We Need to Start Using More
Uh oh. What if I had never stopped using these?
Hi Patrick, I wear watches too so since I have something on my wrist, why not have it do more than tell time?
I have been wearing my Pebble watch for about six months and I can honestly say that if I don't have it on, I miss it. The watch alerts me to calls even before the phone rings. If I have my phone on silent, I would miss calls except for the vibration on my wrist. If I'm in meetings, I can quickly check my watch if I receive a text to read the text. Pulling out my phone in those meetings just wouldn't be cool.
Granted, my Pebble doesn't do as much as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but it doesn't need charging as often either. Every so often I plug in my watch overnight and I don't have to worry about running out of a charge. I like your idea of a self-charging watch though!
6 months ago on The Biggest Reason I’m Not Interested in a Smart Watch
Hi Brian, Yes, this is a great feature of Kindle books, that you really can read them from anywhere. You can also read them on a browser on a mobile device so even if you don't have the Kindle app installed, you can still read a Kindle book. Very cool!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Another Way to Read Kindle Books...in Your Browser
I am a lawyer, Josh, and I advise that you not drive a car as you are risking liability. Don't have anyone over to your house either. Too risky. Don't speak to anyone either, for fear of a slander lawsuit. Don't write anything down either in case of libel.
Pretty much anything you do carries risk. The best way of dealing with many types of risk is to minimize risk rather than avoiding it.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on The Conflict Between Attorneys & Bloggers
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Thanks so much, Josh. That means a lot coming from you. :-)
7 months, 3 weeks ago on 69 Ways Technology Makes Your Dumberer
Looks great. Hey, you never know when excitement will creep into your day. Well done, I like the blue on the side.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Oops, I Broke The Blog…Again
If tech were easy, I wouldn't have a blog. If tech were tougher, I wouldn't have a blog either. I broke my blog too. Thank goodness for Kim Castleberry. I locked myself out, even my dashboard was a white screen.
I have a post written on this topic that I plan to publish soon and continue the conversation. In some ways tech has made us much smarter. In others, well, not so much...
Jayme, I expect that some day you will find a Killer App, one that hooks you and makes you wonder how you lived without apps.
You shouldn't have to learn apps. A good app should be useful and intuitive. You should be able to understand clearly what to do without an instruction book. If you can't, that's not your fault, that's the fault of the app developer.
A good app makes your life easier, not more complex.
My Killer App was Google Maps. I was headed home from my daughters' school in England and was stopped in traffic for two hours on the motorway because I didn't have a smartphone to check traffic on Google Maps. If I had known, I could have taken the backroads and have been home in about 20 minutes.
Another time our family was traveling up I-95 in the US and got caught behind a motorcycle procession headed from DC to New York. They were traveling very slowly, and traffic was backed up for miles. We checked Google Maps, got off on a side road and were able to see where the motorcycle procession started. We got ahead of them and had smooth driving the rest of the trip.
I hope you find an app that is extremely useful to you someday, Jayme!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on I Am App Challenged