Monday, January 25, 2010

Crawl, Walk, Run... Stumble?


I’ll be the first to admit that I am not in tune with all the technology that exists. I’m still working through making MP3 CDs and someone told me the other day about MP4s and I nearly fell over.

I am starting to see a developing trend. I learn how to use a new piece of technology and than it evolves itself into something harder, better, faster, stronger. (Thanks, Kanye)

A teacher once told me that you can either “lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way”, but when it comes to technology I am at a loss. I am definitely not a leader. I will save the leading for the Computer Science Majors. I’ve been trying to be a follower, but trying to follow is a lot like trying to keep up with Usain Bolt in the 100m (Not ever going to happen). AND! We all know that I can’t afford to just abstain from technology.

Just when I thought all hope was lost I may have come across the solution to all my “technological lag”. Well, I stumbled across it.

Stumble is an online application designed to add onto your toolbar in your web browser. It appears as a button that you can simply press to begin the stumbling process. When you sign up to stumble you are asked to choose from a selection of interests. In my case I chose, sports, art, education, TECHNOLOGY, literature, philosophy, etc.

Alright, so you’ve signed up for stumble. What next? Simply begin by pressing the stumble button on your toolbar and the program takes care of the rest.

Based on the interests you chose when you signed up, Stumble will automatically surf the Internet and choose websites for you based on your choices. So, for the guy like me who is always falling behind on new technology, Stumble helps me find sites about the newest doo-dads in the tech-sphere.

My roommate keeps telling me that there is a great big world out there and I can only imagine that the world multiplies by ten when you think about how big the Internet is.

It begs the question: why crawl, walk, or run through the Internet when you can do the old stumble.

3 comments:

Steven said...

I agree. It is difficult to keep track of all the technological trends. Myself, I like to wait for technology to solidify itself with the norm before adoption. You and I would be considered either "Early majority" or "Late Majority" on the Innovation Curve (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_adoption_lifecycle). Great post!

Sean Raposo said...
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Sean Raposo said...

Throw this link together to go to the article

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Technology_adoption_lifecycle