Sunday, April 17, 2011

Watch Out?

New technology is great and all, but my wristwatch works. It does exactly what I want it to do--it tells me what the time is. I don't need a better tool for that. I don't need an app.

That's why I was surprised to come across an article in The Atlantic recently that says the wristwatch is quickly becoming old-fashioned. According to the Benoit College Mindset List more and more people are forgoing a wristwatch in favor of the clock on their cell phone.

I don't see myself ever making that trade.

Just as I don't see the wisdom in forgoing a wristwatch for a cell phone, I'm equally puzzled by what Fossil is trying to do in response to the decline in wristwatch interest. Fossil is designing the MetaWatch. The MetaWatch maintains a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone so that, just by looking at your watch (which, if you're under 24, you don't even want to wear in the first place), you can conveniently be apprised of new messages, pictures, or content urgently awaiting your attention on your smartphone, which is all the way in your pocket.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

One Less Cook in the Kitchen

I just sat through one of the most rewarding sessions at SQL Saturday in Dallas. John Paul Cook gave priceless SQL Tips & Tricks. And unbelievably, right at the end, he told the sparse audience that this was his last SQL-related engagement ever. He recently quit his job and is set to begin nursing school, with the idea of being a medical records expert.

I'll be forever grateful to John for:
  • Ctrl+R in SSMS
  • Ctrl+H with 'Use: Regular expressions'
  • Alt+Select
  • and the wisdom of using Portable Apps on Production servers
John blogged a lot at SQL Blog, and I would expect his posts to remain online for the foreseeable future. The blog archive is a great reference source, but I can't imagine it will compare to the peculiar charm John has in person. I would love to have John Paul Cook as a teacher. But at least the digitization of medical records will be in good hands.