If you’re like me, you barely have enough time to do the things you need to do, let alone the things you want to do. Things that don’t fall into the “need to” category get added to a growing list that for me includes things such as learning another language and helicopter skiing.
On a recent road trip to visit a client, I noticed all of the fast food restaurants along the interstate. I’m not much of a fast food eater, but over the years, I have learned that the restaurants along the interstate aren’t quite as nice as the city ones in terms of overall cleanliness and customer service. I suppose one reason for this is that the ones along the interstate know their customers are primarily going to be people just passing through – they probably won’t ever see them again. On the other hand, the restaurants in the city always want you to come back, so they put forth a little more effort into making your experience a pleasant one.
Over the past couple of years, food trucks have popped up all over Seattle. A local magazine recently featured an article about the “top 45” food trucks in our city, so one Saturday afternoon my wife and I ventured out to try one truck’s authentic Mexican cuisine.
After placing our order, the friendly owner scanned my debit card using a device on his smart phone and asked if I’d like my receipt emailed to me. The transaction was simple and complete when he extended the phone to me so I could “sign” with my finger.
It seems like nearly every week I read about a new tablet offering of some sort – whether it’s a new version, a mini-version, or a brand new tablet. Along with the product announcements, I usually see a buzz of activity around the tech blogs proclaiming why or why not the tablet will succeed. All the comparisons of functionality and available apps remind me of how my kids and their friends would compare who got the best toys at Christmas.
I have a lot of clients who manage fleets of heavy construction equipment, so I jumped at the chance recently to attend a presentation on new telematics technologies given by one of the country’s largest equipment suppliers. I was more than impressed by advances in the amount and type of data that could be collected from onboard systems, and by the intelligent use of integrated mobile wireless and GPS technologies.