Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Friday, December 23, 2011
The ultimate Politically Correct Greeting! Please appreciate it for the humor it is . . .
Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere.
This wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
My best to you and yours,
This is why I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Friday, June 10, 2011
Online Game Play Future Cash Cow
I am sure that those that read this may think I am crazy, but from my own personal experience as a player and parent of an AVID player, the future of video games is in doubt because of the many enterprise players who are trying to figure out how to monetize the future of video game play. IE: we pay way more for broadband connections than we pay for a game itself, who wouldn't want a residual model for game sales?
Combine that with my belief based upon interviews with gamers that today most game sales are made to players wanting access to the online play world, that's where the real game play happens.
In my home that is Xbox Live and to a much smaller degree the Nintendo WII world.
The Current Money Pit
Xbox live has a tidy additional sum of $60/yr for access to play and interact with friends, regardless of interface used including the newest Kinect type interactions, why else would skype be so appealing to an organization where they sell a simple audio/video interface into the home for game play that could be leveraged with a Kinect device to be the core VOIP/Video station to the home. That means new services on the backbone of that and perhaps future acquisitions of broadband service providers so they own the future of the last mile to the home?
The Real Money
Regardless the real money they seem to be focusing on based upon all the chatter is subscription based online play. The chatter is in some cases just noise, in others a real concern as leading titles may become free or less expensive in order to draw a larger audience who start by paying for premium access to dedicated game servers, additional game content not already in the online store’s, or even access to play online. This last point is the real crutch of the matter.
As identified earlier, I believe that the bulk of game sales today are to players who go online, so removing online access, as a standard part of the game you buy will detract from future game sales. The strategy may be to reduce the cost of a product for replaced revenue for online play, BUT I would argue that no one talk about online play as a 1 time cost, the SaaS software market has already proven that. It is a subscription service model that really works for software developers, and games are after all just another type of software.
Sure there may be subscribe and get games for free models, Gamefly already has a simple model that can be used to understand how that could work, but the real question is what does that new model mean to game companies? Do we see title being retired and even though you love playing it, if not supported you can’t play it anymore? Then you need to get more content?
This is an area to watch, my predication is watch what the game console companies do an the top 5 game developers in each platform market, folks like EA are in everyone’s top 5 virtually as a simple example. The companies actions in the next 1-3 yrs will dictate the next 5-10 yrs of what will happen with game sales and if they can master that content, watch out Video producers as that is next target, but due to bandwidth concerns in just North America alone, it is doubtful if even 10% of the population could get enough bandwidth to service all the video, audio, game, voip needs. That is another story.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I was privileged to be selected as one of 100 attendee's at today's TEDx Manitoba, held at the Park Theatre. Now the last time I was at the Park Theatre, I was about 30 yrs younger, lived in the area, and it was a still an active local movie theatre. Now it is a chic renovated destination for entertainment and cultural events. I never visualized the potential of the location, it was great!
Back to TEDx Manitoba
Our MC, Kevin Hnatiuk did a great job keeping things going today.
The day began with some African drumming from Chango. A great way to get the day going, although I felt rhythmically challenged first thing today :-)
Next up was Robert Sawyer, SCI Fi Writer. He talked about consciousness and how the internet if the first technology approaching the number of synapses, in discussing his concepts with other attendee's it would appear that there is a shared belief that the internet could be considered a growing shared global consciousness.
Not as impactful I believe was our second speaker Nicole Buckley, from the Canadian Space Agency. What she did share was that the amount of research that must go into addressing the challenges still ahead of us if we wish to consider travel to distant planets. Most uniquely was the research to solve those issues appears to have a correlation to solving diseases associated with ageing.
Kerry Stevenson raised some very interesting questions to which there are no immediate answers related to the impact of 3D Printing. Yes 3D printing. If someone can print a knife that is banned in a country, how to we control that if the 3D model is a file shared online?
For me one of the most emotional stories shared was that from Karen Latourneau, Ultrasound technician. She initiated a review of procedures (protocols) in order to improve the discovery of prenatal heart disease. Her initiative and review with her peers resulted in a drop of infant deaths from approx. 27 deaths a year in Manitoba to ZERO, her dream is to share the simplified protocols they created with other jurisdictions.
Len Brownlie, shared his insight in Olympic sport. It was interesting to note that the time differential between gold medalists and silver medalists was .measured in hundredths or thousands of a second. Using sport technology can contribute to that success.
Dr. Frank Plummer shared an interesting story about sex trade workers in Aftrica that appear to have natural immunity to the HIV virus. The story isn't complete regarding his research and we were left hanging. The implications to the developers of vaccines is huge as this heads in a completely different direction than they have ben going.
A very encouraging story was shared by Shaun Loney, BUILD project. It makes me wonder why I never heard of this yet and why we aren't endorsing projects like this? Maybe electoral votes has something to do with it?
Phil Doucette, shared a strong and impassioned story about Forgiveness and Monopoly.
Lin-Lin Wang, Chinese Musician impressed all with her performances on the 2 stringed Chinese instrument called Erhu.
Rick Van Eck, educational reform enabled through the use of concepts from Video Games.
John Weigelt, a National Technology Officer from Microsoft Canada came to share the understanding he has over the development of the economy that is recovering and rather than talking about a "Digital Economy", he talked about an economy enabled through technology.
Leslie Silverman & Columpa Bobb, I am sorry I didn't understand this session and what message they were trying to share. As an artistic dialogue it was very engaging and enjoyable.
Scott Striton, As CEO of local Smith Carter Architects he talked about Intelligent Buildings. It made a lot of sense and was an impressive approach that he shared.
I had a chance to talk to the father of HannahTaylor. Her presentation about caring and how such a small act of recognizing a homeless person can make a difference was inspiring. As her father shared, Hannah shares an insight and maturity not found elsewhere, she may just be an "old soul"
While I will admit I am a listener of Terry MacLeod's morning radio show on CBC, the story he lead with his 3 Guests left me awestruck at the back ground and brutal honesty of his 3 guests, all former gang members. They also deserved the standing ovation they received as I believe there is hope and they are striving to be better citizens as they re create their lives for the betterment of them and their families. POWERFUL
Les Foltos, Peer Coaching for teachers. Interesting concept that delivered a part of the solution on how to transform education to utilize 21st century techniques to educate our youth.
Bernard McCoy - He is a monk and CEO of lasermonks.com, His presentation about Social Entrepreneurism was very intriguing. Basically a concept of creating for profit business that fund non profit organizations. This idea of doing things for the GOOD of the masses was a new approach to the perpetual question of funding for non profit organizations that do social good in our communities.
The final high energy presenter was Terry Godwalt - Teacher and contributing founder of DeforestAction. He presented so much high impact material, I am still absorbing it. But basically the message was about developing meaningful ways to have children invloved in global issues. The key here is that they get to see meaningful results as part of their contribution thereby reinforcing the message that they can bring change.
The final item that I heard was not from any speaker but from discussing these ideas with others in attendance. We have so much to contribute and now the goal is to decide how each of us will play a part. It was inspiring to see that we do have a hidden resource in Manitoba with so many great thinkers, now it's time to share these idea's, and I am beginning with this post.
Thanks for listening . . .
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The weather is changing and that means so does the occurrence of paper jams. So what can you do about it? A lot in fact!
Winter weather is dryer and therefore causes more static, but just like our hands that tend to dry out and get more hang nails, etc. This same weather affects paper. So to avoid printer jams here are some things you should keep in mind:
1) paper of all kinds are shipped in boxes for a reason, they protect the paper from the elements, don't remove packets of paper from the box until it is needed.
2) Just like above the reason the paper wrapping isn't recyclable is because it is coated in a wax to protect the paper inside the package, open packages not fully used after opening allows the paper to dry out. Paper left in an open package will be more likely to jam than fresh paper.
3) Flip the paper like a fan in your hand when inserting in a machine. The drying out makes it more susceptible to static, fanning the paper will reduce the inherent static so it won't discharge when trying to print for you.
4) Use the right side. Yes paper actually has a right and wrong side to print on. The only way I can tell is when removing it from the paper package it has indicators showing the correct side to print on. Printing on the wrong side will increase the risk of jamming.
5) If it works at home, it will here. Always a controversial topic but using a no scent fabric software, watered down and sprayed on the carpet around a printing device will reduce jams. We use this for extreme cases only due to sensitivities to fabric software by associates.
Thanks for listening . . .