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I Brought My Pencil

by Administrator on September 14, 2015

Ok, I got it off my chest: “I brought my pencil”; and of course the Van Halen reference wouldn’t be complete without “Gimme something to write on man”.

In the case of Apple and the Apple iPad, they gave us something to write on long ago – April in 2010 to be exact. For over five years, the iPad, an iconic productivity device which enables fantastic features with finger and screen, ignored and actually shunned the stylus. Take it from me. I worked tirelessly testing stylus after stylus; application after application; trying to find the best combination to jump start my business note taking abilities. I was finally rewarded for the first time in June 2014 – BY MICROSOFT. The Surface Pro 3 successfully delivered technology which bridged the PC, tablet and notebook experience and freed me to process handwritten stylus enabled notes. Thank you Microsoft.

And thank you Microsoft for creating the compelling competitive feature which has forced Apple to dig deep and develop and deliver a stylus experience to complement the iPad. Now we can really see how these two solutions, the Surface Pro 3, a true PC, and the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, a true tablet, fare in the corporate world.


Wake Me When My Digital Assistant Develops Empathy

by Administrator on September 7, 2015

Siri, Google Now, and Cortana are interesting as far as digital assistants go. Each have their strengths and weaknesses and each have their quirks and learning curves. Each of the digital assistants do seem to get better with use and certainly as the user gains experience with interacting with the assistant. You can perform tasks with each; each can remind you to do something at a certain time or based on another event, each can track where you are, and each can direct you to some place where you aren’t. They are practical and with practice, can become valuable.

What I’m waiting for is the next wave, the wave of intuitive assistants – and assistants with empathy. Perhaps I’m waiting for this for a very simple reason: empathy is something that is seriously lacking in the world today. With that in mind, wouldn’t it be great if our digital assistants interacted with all the other digital assistants out there and, based on empathy or maybe even some common sense and common manners, could make suggestions which would make the world a better place. Perhaps, when walking into a church or library or another place where being quiet is being considerate (and based on common geofencing technology), our digital assistant could in a hushed instant message suggest we silence our phones. Perhaps, when more of our clothing will be interconnected, when sitting in a restaurant, the digital assistant could suggest we remove our baseball caps because its just not right to sit with a baseball cap on at a table in a restaurant. Maybe when all the digital assistants are interconnected, they could make inferences from each other – when entering a space, if your digital assistant sensed that all the other digital assistants had silenced their ringers, perhaps your digital assistant may suggest you do the same even if other logic isn’t in place to direct you to do so. On and on, I can come up with examples and would challenge others to do the same – this will be the next revolution in digital assistants and also actually improve the environments and communities we live in.


Mon Ami Gabi – Oakbrook

September 6, 2015
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We visited Mon Ami Gabi this time for Sunday brunch. Again, I suppose it is a very good excuse for sitting outside on a sunny Chicago morning, but add the fun and tasty selection of pseudo-French choices for breakfast, and you have a great experience in store. The outdoor patio itself is adjacent to the […]

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RPM Italian

September 5, 2015
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One of our top choices for Italian in the city of Chicago. Both RPM Italian and Osteria Via Stato are very popular and within blocks of each other. RPM Italian tends to get a more vibrant crowd and you must plan ahead and make reservations, especially for weekends. All the food choices are outstanding and […]

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Catch 35

September 4, 2015
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We have been to both restaurants of this name, in Chicago and Naperville, and they are both very good. We frequent the location in Naperville much more often. Although the restaurant bills itself as a seafood and premium steak place, the seafood is so good with inventive toppings and seasonings, that we’ve never had a […]

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Chicago Prime Steakhouse

September 3, 2015
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One of the food styles for which Chicago has plenty of options is steak, so trying another steakhouse was not high on our list. We tried Chicago Prime because someone we know in the restaurant business took a job there. We have become regulars ever since. This restaurant has a great deal of classic steakhouse […]

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

August 30, 2015
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With its huge portions, large bustling dining room and family style specials, Maggiano’s is a good place to go when the appetite is large, when the will power is great or when leftovers are part of the goal. This has been a long time favorite where we have items that we tend to gravitate towards, […]

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Emilio’s Tapas

August 29, 2015
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A wonderful tapas restaurant – we visit the Hillside location regularly although we have also been to the Lincoln Park location. For tapas, ambiance and appropriate background music, this is a great place to go. Just about everything on the menu is wonderful – we are partial to specials and the paella. One of our […]

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August 28, 2015
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This is an easy restaurant to find and enjoy. With multiple locations in the Chicagoland area, you are probably never far from Wildfire. We have visited Glenview, Schaumburg, River North, and Lincolnshire. This is a great location for fish or beef, but I will say that anything which takes advantage of the large wood fired […]

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Sullivan’s of Lincolnshire

August 21, 2015
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In our ongoing search for al fresco dining, we stumbled onto a wonderful patio at Sullivan’s of Lincolnshire. We were lured by a special three course dinner, from appetizers to desserts, which seemed to include most of our favorites at a very reasonable price. We had dined at the same location before at two different […]

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