For the Love of Techno Remix!

03 Feb

Most people are fond of techno remixes because they can shake up a well-known pop cultural icon or re-invent a popular piece of media or art. The idea behind remixing pre-existing content is one of complete freedom and unique power in the hands of the individual.

The 21st Century is about individual freedom. You can already see the crumbling Industrial Age around us. The proliferation of free media, the shakiness of personal privacy, the downfall of large corporations in favor of smaller “indie” competitors. This is just the beginning.

100 years from now, every single human being will have infinite and instant access to the thoughts and lives of all other human beings and all humans that have ever lived and been recorded in cultural memory. This means that the ability to remix reality and redefine culture will be a constantly shifting, ever-expanding realm of cultural freedom.

Techno as a form of electronic music emerged as a chief element of the techno-gadget revolution that now serves as the largest generation gap in recent memory. The new generation is completely free to dabble in anything electronic and frequently do. Facebook and Twitter keep people connected. Google and Wikipedia keep information free, abundant, and fluid. And electronic music allows anyone — regardless of aptitude for physical instruments– the freedom to experiment with and explore beats, rhythms, and melody.

What a wonderful world we live in! Media and ideas are reshuffled constantly to be presented to entirely new audiences and minds. Such freedom …

Hail the Techno Revolution!

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The Ultimate “James Bond” Gadget For Your Home Business

04 Jan

Do you need to take your files for your home business around with you but are concerned about losing the USB stick?

Well, this latest gadget, Swiss Flash USB Knife, was featured in our local paper and I must say it even got Wayne, my husband, excited. He is not a techno gadget sort of guy, so when he could see the value in this I decided I will have to get him one now.

I had to Google for more info and found information on the site, the page is titled “Okay, please stop drooling”. Very apt.

So what is it? Well, it has the usual Swiss Army Knife tools and gadgets, like a pair of scissors, nail file, key ring, even down to LED mini white light, a retractable ballpoint pen, a blade and of course a screwdriver. Now this model has a secure Pro USB stick. So what is so great about that?

This is where it gets interesting. The USB drive stick is available in 4GB, 2GB, and 1GB capacity. The flash drive is detachable, and requires no external power. It works with Windows, MAC and Linux. So what you say? Hold on – there more… The makers have made this secure by making the stick accessed only by fingerprint and thermal identification for added security. Any attempt to access your information without the proper ID will cause it to self-destruct with all the information being wiped out!

So if you want to carry secure files around with you this is definitely the way to go, plus you get the added bonus to feel like James Bond, knowing that if you lose it, no-one can access your files.

I am such a Pink Girl – so my next question is “Does it comes in pink?”

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Citizen Skyhawk Watches Review – Techno Gadget and Aviation Tool From Citizen Watches

02 Dec

When it comes to new gadgets, the Pilots can easily be picked as top most gadget lovers. Whether the gadgets are in their cockpit or on their wrist, they just love to try and experiment with them. To attract the aviation experts and create a niche in that market, Citizen Watches had introduced their citizen Skyhawk series. Citizen skyhawk watches are not only cool and trendy in looks, but also a great tool while on the move either in flight or on the road. These citizen skyhawk watches also give you something to show off to your friends and colleagues.

The Citizen skyhawk watches are a step forward in the Citizen Eco-Drive movement. The Citizen Eco-Drive watches are the solar watches, generating power from the source of the light. So even when you are on the move or sitting at office or in the luxury of home, the titanium lithium battery in your watch gets charged via a special solar cell underneath your dial keeping the hands ticking.

The Citizen skyhawk watches are tough, strong, functional, and beautiful. These watches are atomic time keeping watches that means if you are in the reach of radio frequencies, you don’t need to worry about adjusting the time. The time in these watches is synchronized on a scheduled basis with the time towers in America, Europe and Japan via radio frequencies.

The latest models in the Citizen skyhawk series are the third generation models in the Citizen eco-drive line up. These models provide major advancements as compared to the earlier models. The latest models are also said to be water resistant up to 600-700 feet, which is pretty good. Besides this, Citizen skyhawk watches are equipped with functionalities such as two alarms, LCD Backlight, perpetual calendar, 24 hours chronograph, 99 minute count down timer, and pre programmed world time for 43 major cities around the world.

The watch also has a Slide rule bezel, which is an attempt to replicate and include the functionality of the very admired E6B flight computer. This bezel in the Citizen skyhawk line up, lets you to do quick simple flight calculations for distance traveled so far, what is the fuel consumption, what is the ground speed, etc. Fantastic tool or rather a simple wrist flight computer, isn’t it?

The watch is easy to set and doesn’t have so many complicated instruction sets. It also comes with a very useful manual, which provides very detailed instructions as how to set and use the watch. The manual is also accompanied with an awesome CD containing useful presentations and interactive guides.

While the Citizen skyhawk name suggests that these watches are only for Pilots or flight crewmembers with features specially designed for the sky, The watch also is a useful tool for day-to- day use and for the ones who needs to do frequent travel between different time zones. You will be pleasantly satisfied with the quality and functionality of these watches.

The Citizen skyhawk range of watches are available from $300 to $600 at majority of the retail stores.

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Are You a Techno-Junkie? Healthy Hints to Avoid the Addiction

03 Nov

Beware! There’s a new addiction sweeping the country. It is found in boardrooms, business meetings, restaurants, and class rooms.

“Huh? Another new drug on the streets?”

Not exactly, but serious just the same. The culprit – technology.

Here’s an example, and some healthy hints to keep this from becoming a big problem.

I have an acquaintance that is easy prey for any salesman with the newest techno-gadget on the market. His home is filled to the rafters with electronic doodads.

His most recent purchase is the newest and best phone on the market. It has, literally, all of the bells ‘n whistles. It is his “right hand” and usually in his right hand. He lives by the American Express slogan of “Don’t leave home without it”.

What does it do?

It is a phone, does text messaging, is a planning tool, contact database, camera, and does everything that my computer does, and more. It has unique ring tones and vibrate modes for each function so my friend knows if he is receiving a phone call, text message, picture, or whatever else he can receive.

The one thing it does not do is build effective relationships. Instead, it creates a state of scattered instant gratification and urgency.

I’ve been in the same room with this gentleman in meetings, restaurants, and with his family.

When his phone rings or vibrates, he turns all of his attention to it. He ignores the people around him, and deals with his phone call or text message. When he finishes and enters back into the conversation, he will make a statement or ask a question that is totally out of context, and often something that has just been discussed.

The folks with him give him that curious, head-cocked-to-the-side, eyebrow-raised look, meaning “Where the *$&! have you been?”

By his actions, he is giving a loud message to those around him. The unspoken message is that those in-person relationships are not as important as the tele-marketer, dry cleaner, or person selling a less-than-reputable website, who lives on the other end of the air waves.

His obsession with his tool is destroying his relationships, and he doesn’t seem to be consciously aware of it. The word “tool” is referring to the phone – get your mind out of the gutter.

Let’s look at both sides of the addiction and how to keep it from ruining your life.

Have you become hooked on technology to the point where it controls you, rather than the other way around?

Here are healthy hints to avoid the addiction:

o Use the tools. That is the reason you have them. These technologies have been designed with a message system to help you simplify your life. Enjoy the privilege of having the option to use them.

o TURN IT OFF. Consciously stop prior to entering a meeting with others and turn the power off – not vibrate, totally off.

o Focus on the people in your presence. They are more important than anything else right now. Treat them with respect and dignity, as you would like to be treated. By your actions, show them that you are totally present, physically and mentally.

o Check your messages later, in your own space, away from personal interactions.

o Reply to voice or text messages as soon as possible, in a professional, respectful manner.

Do you know people who are Techno-junkies? Help them as follows:

o ASK them politely to turn their phone off when entering into a meeting or discussion. The key word is ASK. If you tell them to turn it off, they may tell you to go to – somewhere hot – and it won’t be Phoenix.

o Assure them that you value their abilities, knowledge, creativity, and co-operation.

o Acknowledge them for their attention and presence.

o Thank them for their dedication and time.

We live in a fast-paced, high-tech world. Technology is relatively cheap, and easily replaceable. Use the available tools, but be cautious about becoming addicted to them. The effects can be as destructive as drugs. Carefully monitor your time that is consumed by e-mails, phone calls, and web surfing.

Use the hints above to use the technology effectively, and make your relationships high-value and indispensable. It is worth the effort.

Become consciously aware of your actions and habits, and then make healthy, non-addictive wise choices.

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