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Last Updated: 02/24/2017 07:29:13 AM EST

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Adventures In Retail

WiFi HiFi has opened a small shop in downtown Oakville. Last summer we ran a feature in the magazine titled "The Store of the Future," where we discussed trends in store layout and design, documented advances in point-of-sale systems, and mapped out strategies for aligning an online and physical presence.

John Thomson Published: 02/24/2017 07:29:13 AM EST


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Connected Things With Real Value

Some of you picked up on a tone from last week's missive that I am getting a bit grumpy with products that are joining the connected bandwagon when they have no need to be "connected" in the first place. For 2017 I plan to ask myself "how does this improve my life?" each time I see a new product. A few of you put me to task last week not only for spelling ‘lose' incorrectly, but also for not including examples of gadgets from CES that I believe do indeed provide value, of which there were many.

John Thomson Published: 02/15/2017 12:22:04 PM EST

What If Moore's Law Applied To Other Things?

When Dr. Gordon Moore was making transistors at Fairchild Semiconductor in 1965, a single transistor would sell for $150.00. According to Intel, the cost of each transistor for Intel's Core i5 processor in 2015 was around $0.000000.14, which translates to about 70,000 iCore transistors for around the cost of a penny.

John Thomson Published: 02/15/2017 12:20:34 PM EST

The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

Live long enough and you will read reports stating that eggs are bad for you, followed by another saying they're good for you, and then another reverting to eggs being bad. Then finally (for now) a definitive report proves there is no correlation between eggs and cholesterol, and they're a great source of protein. That's good!

John Thomson Published: 02/15/2017 12:19:17 PM EST

Was 2016 As Bad For You As It Was For Me?

I am having a hard time finding anyone who would categorize 2016 as a great year. In fact most people I know, say it may have been one of their worst years ever. I spent the first four months of 2016 in a cast after breaking my leg skiing, two days after turning 50. Then I gained 12 pounds from sitting on the sofa feeling sorry for myself! However, had I not broken my leg, chances are I would not have found the time to finish restoring my 1967 Airstream trailer since I would have been on the slopes every weekend, so that's a nice silver lining.

John Thomson Published: 02/15/2017 12:18:23 PM EST

Does Everything Really Need To be Connected?

According to Harvard Medical School Publications, studies have shown that you can help prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk of dementia with some basic good health habits: staying physically active, getting enough sleep, not smoking, having good social connections, limiting alcohol, and so on.

John Thomson Published: 02/15/2017 12:16:31 PM EST

Say You Want A Revolution

Say You Want A Revolution

A number of years ago, so the story goes, the band U2 was performing in Glasgow, Scotland. Part way through the concert, lead-man Bono slithered to the edge of the stage and placed his foot on top of a monitor; he kneeled down and with the wave of an arm, requested the audience to be quiet. The band stopped and for a moment the auditorium was silent. Bono then proceeded to slowly clap his hands, but requested the audience to stay silent. Bono continued to slowly clap with dramatic effect. Finally he picked up his mic and somberly stated; "every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies." A voice from the audience responded; "Then quit yer frickin' clappin".

John Thomson Published: 11/18/2016 06:51:51 AM EST

Likeability - What's to Like

Tonight is the last Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. Half of my friends won't watch the debate tonight and have tuned-out citing they won't spend another minute engrossed in the spectacle happening south of the border. The other half are split between tuning in with a bag of popcorn for the sheer entertainment value, and will tweet the on-stage nastiness in real time.

John Thomson Published: 10/31/2016 04:56:11 PM EST

Is Alexa The New Hal?

Stanley Krubick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968. The film follows a space voyage to Jupiter to learn the source of a mysterious black monolith that is affecting human evolution back on earth. The voyage relies on a computer named Hal-9000 for mission diagnostics and Hal dialogues with the crew in a manner that blurs lines between human and machine.

John Thomson Published: 10/27/2016 09:05:23 AM EST

What's Old Is New Again

Sixteen years ago AOL combined with Time Warner in what was the biggest merger in U.S. history and also viewed as one of the greatest corporate disasters of all time.

John Thomson Published: 10/27/2016 09:03:22 AM EST

The New Establishment

Vanity Fair Magazine has released their annual list called "The New Establishment". The list ranks key across-the-board influencers and in past years, has been dominated by Hollywood Moguls, the Captains of Wall Street and a smattering of cultural icons that my guess, have a role in keeping the other two categories in balance. For 2016, the VF "New Establishment" list has been completely turned on end and is almost fully dominated by the tech industry.

John Thomson Published: 10/27/2016 09:02:18 AM EST


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