Do I have to update?

Devices have been  updating frequently in recent times. It can be very annoying when you are absorbed in something and you will click the remind me later button or the device will just take over, bang everything shut and update anyway. The updates are important and it is both critical to update the operating system and the software of any device you are running. Mostly it is for security protection . This in a world where we know our personal information is no longer considered to be something worth protecting. The amount of data breaches being reported is beyond acceptable and ought never happen. We need to to be clear we want our data protected .

Updates provide security and patch vulnerabilities in a device. The updates often enhance the software too so you are running on the latest version. Older versions will often use more system resources. The world is constantly trying to make everything more battery efficient since we seem to be stuck with that. Updates are better done when you are plugged into power since ti will reduce the toll on your battery and the updates will happen more quickly. Wifi ebbs and flows and can be unreliable. Even so, a big Windows 10 update will take its time even if you are plugged into the mains supply.

If you want to explore the reasons for updating just to remind yourself it really is important then please follow these links:

Why so many Windows updates?  

Stay smart online – software updates

Why update – MacAffee

Why should I update?

The Price of Old Technology

I do actually have one of those brick analogue “mobile” phones. Mostly workmen and bus drivers had them. By the time they got to the general public the smaller mobile phones where you could just call and text came in. The text was one line at a time. The 8 track cassettes didn’t really take off here in Australia. Some people had them in their cars but most people had a cassette player which they fitted after purchasing the car.The 8 tracks were too big and clunky. It was the Sony walkmans which were the big technology breakthrough for mobile technology, closely followed by the discmans. I loved my walkman. It went everywhere with me because it was so small!! It is a good idea to look at where we have been. We can take so much for granted and a video like this reminds us we have achieved so much in terms of technology. The tech developers have worked long and hard and we have a very creative world where we can now print 3D ribcages for people and save their lives. We have to constantly adapt but when you look back I think you can say it was worth it. I love older technology, though. It was solid and you had your own copies of everything and you tended to interact with it in a more complex fashion. You could learn to install your own cassette deck in a car and album art was in a league of its own. Was it better? No, it was there. Like what we have now is here. Tomorrow it will be there. It always amazes me how some things hold their price and other things just vanish into oblivion. Why would that mobile brick be worth $4000? We run on digital carriers now.

Cognitive computing is happening right now

I read an article about cognitive computing last week and thought, I need to find out about that. It will have implications for education and classrooms and it will change how we do things. I am not an expert. Not even a teensie bit close. I have just found out about it and shall spend some more blog posts finding out about it so that I at least have some idea of what I am talking about and what cognitive computing means.The video explains it well but for me, the information which really made its mark is they have a chip ready to go next year and they are looking to – and this is a quote of a quote – “enable the next generation of mobile devices to see, read, feel and predict user behaviour.” Feel? I really do need to find out about cognitive computing.

New Technology 2015

Where do you think the world is headed in 2015? Seems to be a key year which keeps coming up. Everything by 2015. This video was made in 2011 and so the person who made it had a vision and it’s pretty impressive. How far have we come? What have we yet to achieve and what will the world really look like in 2015? The world won’t be flat, not if Tactus technology has its way. They are working on screens with dynamic touch  where there is more tactile feedback and texture. Great improvement for assistive technology and may well free us from the scourge of misspelt texts and documents. People need that digital fingertip feedback for the hand – eye co ordination. Others are working on flexible screens so that things can be rolled and twisted . The planet is also determined to connect and so languages , MOOCs for languages, translators and anything which facilitates understanding is making headway right now. The language barriers are coming down so we can improve learning and communication. It’s why I particularly like the beginning of this video where the children are communicating across the screens with tools to help them understand each other.

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