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Hardware devices, that provide a more narrow functionality, are quickly being replaced by home computer solutions. Telephony service is rapidly being transformed into the highly configurable VoIP technology. I bought a DVD player last year, and now I am reading about the new blue-ray technology. People are ripping off satellite television service at an alarming rate. Say goodbye to the media monopolies that have been taxing us over the past century, and say hello to the more controllable, yet still unreliable, alternative options that have been introduced through the advent of the "information super-highway". There is no love lost regarding these media giants, but my main concern, is that there are many people who will not be able to keep up with the coming trends. These poor uninformed folks aside, we all stand to make a killing off of their lament and ignorance. Is it ethical? If so, what does it mean for the future of IT? If not... well who cares... it is happening, and it is happening now.

VoIP has been taking the industry by storm for a few years, but it is now cropping up in "home" solutions for the common user. Aside from the home telephone systems, there has been much talk and action regarding the integration of VoIP into common chat clients. I fear it won't be long until we see more people abandonning their more traditional forms of communication, for that of an internet and IP solution. What standards can be developed regarding privacy, legal rights, and quality of service, when the technology that is in question moves so much faster than any courtroom or political organization could possibly imagine? Right now, I could change my phone number with the click of the mouse. I can add forwarding services, answering services... I can actually disconnect my main feed into my home, and provide VoIP service through all of my phone jacks in my house. Are we going in the right direction here? Is the internet itself ready to handle the forecasted influx of communications media?

What does your home theater consist of? Despite the subpar sales results of the Windows Media Center, it is a known fact that many people are now using PC solutions for their home entertainment. Many of us have actually owned a DVD-Rom before we've invested in a DVD player. Some of us link our video and sound directly to our stereo. I've even seen wireless AVI links from a PC to a home theater. What does this mean to home entertainment? What does it mean for those of us who have an investment in Information Technology as a career? I know for a fact, that not everyone is interested in tackling the myriad of issues that we face in configuring and maintaining our equipment. There are so many codecs available to us in regards to audio and AV, and so many different pieces of software to manage, convert, and mount these formats. I have always been a subscriber to the fact that hardware solutions are generally better than software solutions. We are heading in the direction of the software solution in all forms of media. Quality and control are being replaced by quantity and personalization, and I'm sure that I am not the only one who choses the latter, in full hypocrisy of my 'hardware' statement.

As the years roll by, and as technology grows thicker, the specialization of our class grows weaker. When I don't understand "the way things work", I will invest my time and effort in deciphering the technology, so that I can acheive a higher level of knowledge, and provide support to my clients. I am now entering a new dimension, where I am faced with an overwhelming crossroad. An ultimate understanding of information systems and communication media will soon be unattainable by even the most dedicated of geeks within our industry. Ten years from now, my calendar will be built into my refrigerator. I will retreive my grocery list via palm PC. I will walk into the room, and my thermostat will adjust the temperature according to my own body heat. I will shake my buddy's hand, in order to pass on a personal message, or to simply swap files. I will send my girlfriend a message when she is sitting four feet away from me. Despite the complexities, it sounds like a barren wasteland to me. I will definitely need to invest in an amphetamine chip for my nervous system, or perhaps a brain buffer so that I may retain this knowledge after a good night's sleep.

I've gone a little off topic here, but I was not interested in composing a proper essay anyways. Is this too much? Are you consumed with IT?

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THE UNFINISHED REVOLUTION

by FluxIt In reply to Consumed with IT

There is a book written several years ago about the information technology revolution. It points to a movement into human centric computing and consolidation of technologies.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=fq6ppEo9Ua&isbn=0694525030&itm=10

If you go review the DARPA projects (where the interent began) and the direction of movement there I think you'll see where we are headed.

Many technologies will consolidate, the link into every home will be fiber most likely and on it will be electrical power, phone, cable, and internet services. The smart home will most likely progress in this next 40 to 80 years. You'll observe consolidation of kitchen appliances and newer appliances come to existence. Your home will have a personality and other devices will be consolidated.

The reason for the recent downturning economy is a cycling of the economy for about a 40 yr growth cycle. Invest in companies that show movement in the directions I talk to above.

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Also:

by dafe2 In reply to THE UNFINISHED REVOLUTION

At the risk of a hate fest this book as well:

Bill Gates - 'The Road Ahead' speaks to a lot of these things. (Yes, including his house)

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MICROSOFT ZEALOT

by house In reply to Also:

Sorry... I had to do it. :)

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Woulda been dissapointed if you didn't

by dafe2 In reply to MICROSOFT ZEALOT

actually ;-)

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Viva La Microsoft! Viva La Microsoft!

by BFilmFan In reply to MICROSOFT ZEALOT

Long Live The Bill!

It was far too much to resist!

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Elvis Just rolled over!

by dafe2 In reply to Viva La Microsoft! Viva L ...
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Speaking of Elvis..and totally off subject..

by maecuff In reply to Elvis Just rolled over!

I watched a movie this weekend, "Bubba Ho Tep", Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) plays Elvis living in a nursing home and warding off soul sucking zombies. It was a riot.

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Off topic??

by dafe2 In reply to Speaking of Elvis..and to ...

It wasn't that far off topic really....

Sounds like a standard Microsoft vs Linux 'movie'
to me ;-)

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Could be meaningful...

by AcesKaraoke In reply to Speaking of Elvis..and to ...

So...

Microsoft would be "The King"...

Aged in a nursing home. Fighting off...

Linux (the soul sucking zombies?) the relentless armies of Open Source fans.

Does sound plausible as a MS vs. Linux "movie"

Bill Gates nightmare on the big screen?

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Just out of curiosity

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Viva La Microsoft! Viva L ...

What has a British Police TV Show "The Bill" got to do with Microsoft?

Now that one was just too much for me to resist!

Col

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