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Digital Scrying

by Patrick Rardin in Technology

What is Digital Scrying, you might ask? Well, as technical support folks often we are asked what we think of upcoming technology, that is technology that has yet to be released, for example a new cell phone touted to be released within the next 3 to 6 months. I love this question as it truly is speculation. If you went to the developers and interviewed the programmers and engineers they most certainly would tell you it isn’t even ready to be released. When you get to the marketing department, not only are they telling you that you should pre-order their latest piece of monolithic technology they express curiosity as to why you are still standing there and not running to your computer to pre-order.

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The Risks of Free

by Patrick Rardin in News, Technology


“FREE Digital Camera, FREE IPod, FREE Screensavers, FREE Games….. Is there a theme here? Yes, and it’s called The Risks of “FREE”. Oh , I must say I still get a little excited at the prospect of something for free. When I was a child growing up free meant just that something given without additional charge or strings attached. Of course I’m probably dating myself but when you went to the gas station and they offered a free glass with fill-up, you actually got the free glass. Based on the new Internet definition of “FREE” that same gas station experience would be something like this – You would fill your tank and in order to get the free glass you would have to fill out a 10 page form, agree to let them send you tons of mail and then your car would start stalling out the moment you drove away from the gas station, the glass would probably break into a thousand pieces within seconds as well.

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