Christmas Gadget Special! (with a side of guilt)
Personally, I don’t have a “war on Christmas” so I have no qualms about naming this post appropriately. However, in spite of its real meaning to me or you, it’s the time of year that many of us binge on consumerism, and yours truly hits the hard stuff – tech toys, that is. If you spend any time reflecting on our societal holiday bender, I recommend The True Source of Greed. The post is brilliant, but if you don’t have the time or desire to read it, one line sums it up:
“No material acquisition can substitute for the experience of true intimacy and connection.”
Anyway, enough of the touchy-feely nonsense… Here’s some of my tech-toy research and recommendations from 2013:
- Etymotic Research HF5 Portable In-Ear Earphones – These things deliver beautifully balanced sound, and can accommodate foam earbuds for when you want to shut the world out.
- Panasonic TC-L50E60 50-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV – The official HDTV of the man-cave has a picture so good, it’s too good. If your movies look like soap operas shot in video, here’s how to fix it.
- Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor – Carrots and beets tremble at its name.
- Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player – For under $35, my 3rd home (See: materialism above) TV will now have Netflix, YouTube, and a bunch of other video feeds. Still in the box, so more on this later.
- iPad mini – I got this for my mom’s birthday in May. On Thanksgiving I asked how she liked it. She handed me the box with the dead mini in it. Clearly there’s a user adoption problem. I showed her where the Kindle app button was. Yesterday I received this email:
“…finally started the book you sent me on my I pad. I read until 2:30 am. It is wonderful…I tried to read again last night and the battery wore out, I was so disappointed…. Plugged it in, can’t wait for it to fill. Thanks again Love you Mom xoxo”
Love you too, mom.
It’s frustrating to make an investment in technology and see it wasted. Kronos understands this, and that’s why we have user adoption services to help folks in your organization understand the changes coming as a result of a new technology. We’ll help you prepare and train users because when they know how to use new features and processes, they’re more productive and happier with their new system. Just like Mom.