Making Technology Work With You Rather Than Against You


I steal a glance at the digital clock on the top right hand corner of my computer screen. It reads 7:45pm. What a long day. I’m just putting the final touches on my PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow when I hear a faint, repetitive clicking noise. I look at the screen and see a long line of the letter “F” trailing across the slide titled Opportunities for Growth.  

I start swatting at the keyboard in a panic, repeatedly hitting the key to try to get it unstuck. After about five solid attempts, it finally breaks lose, the small black square popping right out of its position in the middle row.

Errrgh.

I reach for the computer mouse in attempt to highlight and remove the unwanted text, but the mouse resists, pulling back in a quick, jerky motion. I yank it towards my body, trying to get some more slack, only to realize the wire is tangled up in one large knot behind my desk.

Well, isn’t this just wonderful!

 Why is it that technology always chooses to fail at the most inopportune times?

Patience is not a quality often found in my repertoire. Rather than fighting it, I decide to save the document to a USB so I can finish it on my laptop at home. It’s going to be a late night.

Broken Computer Accessories

I start packing up my briefcase when I notice the March Office Plus flyer sitting at the edge of my desk. Andy must have dropped it off when I was out grabbing my fifth coffee of the day.

I pick it up and begin leafing through the pages, only to fall back into my desk chair with a loud sigh. That’s when the Comfort Curve Keyboard and Wireless Mobile Mouse catch my eye.

The truth is, I’m long overdue for an update in the computer accessory department. I imagine how much more efficient my day would have been if I had the proper tools to get my work done. It’s almost as though I hear Andy’s encouraging voice in my ear, telling me how the ergonomically-friendly keyboard would not only boost my comfort level but also my typing performance. Not to mention, the wireless mouse would work with both my desktop and laptop.

I do spend a lot of time in front of the computer, I say aloud, agreeing with the imaginative Andy in my head. Proper office ergonomics improve quality of life.

All right Andy, I’m convinced! I call out to the empty office. I dog-ear the top right corner of the flyer page and lay it on top of my broken keyboard so I remember to make an order first thing tomorrow morning.

For now, I have a presentation to finish, in addition to the laundry to fold, dishes to clean, the kids’ lunches to pack. Maybe my keyboard really was trying to tell me something. If I had to grade my productivity today, it would receive a big, ugly “F”.

My mind flashes back to my university days, when the only letters I saw staring back at me were the two leading the alphabet. I’m definitely in need of a change. Fortunately, with a little help from Office Plus, I’m confident I’ll turn those “F”s into “A”s in no time.

Coolest Gadgets From CES 2014


In case you are unaware of CES (Consumers Electronics Show); it is a yearly technology show that showcases the best, latest and coolest gadgets that big names like Samsung, Sony and Apple (amongst many other big and upcoming brand names) are planning to develop. This year the show had some really fascinating technologies which we thought would be good to highlight as it caught our attention and curiosity for the future of electronics.

Here are some of the coolest gadgets that we look forward to in the near future:

1. Computer the Size of an SD Card

We all know that computers are getting smaller, faster and lighter – but having a computer the size of an SD chip? Impressive.

2. EVehicle for Commuters (Electric Scooter)

Busy urban areas across Canada are known for their rush hour commutes, bumper to bumper slow traffic – just ask anyone in the Toronto and GTA area. Could this EVehicle help reduce some of that congestion?

3. Pocket Drone

If you thought that internet spying, government drones and other “big brother” technology were going to stop – think again. Pocket Drone can have a camera mounted and fly around for 15-20 minutes!

4. Steam Machines (Gamers Dream Console)

Steam has been the biggest player in the PC gaming market – but they are developing a home gaming system for all the enthusiastic gamers. Looks like Playstation, Xbox and Wii will have some competition in the upcoming years.

5. Curved TV

TVs are turning into computers: smart TVs with apps, higher resolution, WiFi and bluetooh technology. Now comes a curved TV from LG, which “enhances” the viewer experience!

6. SmartWatch

Althought SmartWatches have been introduced to prime-time by the end of 2013 – they are now entering further development and capabilities in 2014. They are also starting to look more like actual watches and not some foreign device that everyone will stare at, just take a look at these designs from the Pebble Steel Smartwach collection:

7. Octulus Rift Crystal Cove Hands On (Virtual Reality)

Why use a controller when you can virtually be in the game, experiencing everything as if you were in the game world!

8. Goji Smart Lock (Home Security)

Soon enough we won’t even have to leave our sofa’s to answer the door. This technology allows you to see (via smartphone) exactly who is at the door by sending an image to your mobile device and even lets you unlock it through the smartphone – how amazing is that?!

9. Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Slow Cooker

Find yourself running around the kitchen, family and other errands? Well now you can remotely control your slow cooker via mobile phone – will this even catch on?