Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Hate for Yahoo!, Big Data, and Wearable Tech

Howdy folks. I hope your week is going smooth. Here’s a couple of good reads for you.

* Get Ready: Wearable Tech Is About to Explode

The technology you’ve come to expect in computers and smartphones will increasingly be found in devices worn on your wrist or on your head. Or on your back or even on your feet.

The market for wearable technology — such as Google Glass, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch or FitBit, a wearable fitness device — is poised to explode over the next few years..Read more..

[ I don’t think the headline was intended to be literal. Or… ouch! ]

* Why Big Data Is Your Key to Beefing Up Customer Engagement

“… But if you have this mindset, you are missing out on the opportunity around big data. This is to leverage established and emerging big data technology to understand your customers in a way never before possible — so you can engage with them in a relevant, timely, personalized manner. In doing so, you will be able to delight your customers with the products and services they want, when and where they want them.Read more..

* Anger explodes at Yahoo Mail redesign disaster: Key functions removed or broken

Thousands upon thousands of furious Yahoo Mail users are telling the company its new redesign is a failure and want Yahoo to revert the changes — while new reports of serious technical issues mount. UPDATED to reflect Yahoo’s statement.Read more..

* Eight Tips on How to Make Others Feel Good

Many of us barrel through our days without so much as a moment to stop and relax. And during this 24-hour rat race, many of us rarely stop to think about how to make ourselves feel good, let alone how to make others feel good.Read more..

*     *     *

Uh.. guys? Here’s how you “delight customers” (and it ain’t memorize my shopping patterns/preferences):

  • Answer the phone. (With an English-speaking human, NOT a damn “phone tree”.)
  • Have enough staff (so that I don’t have to stand in line waiting for service, or hunt for a clerk to tell me which aisle my item is on.) In fact, have more staff than you think you need. Downsizing and offshoring are failures (as is most short-term thinking).
  • Have staff that knows The Customer Is Always Right.
  • Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

Getting in the ‘spirit’

Today’s quote:Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” ~ Bruce Lee

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October 17, 2013 - Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Internet, mobile, News, tech


  1. …hey Paul, some interesting stuff here…some reminders and “bad habits too…specially Yahoo!”


    Comment by Gaia | October 18, 2013 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I am so tired of these companies (they ALL do it) changing their email (they call it “improving”, I have a different word) that I am – frankly – more than fed up. I have the savvy to create alternative methods, but the ‘average computer user’ does not, and is stuck with webmail.

      So, we can bleat, and complain – an utterly futile exercise. And/or switch to a different (equally as bad, or worse) webmail provider.

      Kind of leaves a sour taste.


      Comment by techpaul | October 18, 2013 | Reply

  2. Whoa! and “Ditto!”
    The “savvy to create alternative methods”…go for it Paul!
    …”patience” is the virtue.


    Comment by Gaia | October 18, 2013 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      While I agree with the proverb, I counter it with Moderation In All Things. (Having too much patience for some things is as wrong as [having] not enough.)

      * Probably the easiest way for the Average Computer User to have their own ‘webmail’ is to sign up for a Basic hosting plan, (or an Email plan) at a place like GoDaddy. (For as little as $3/month.)


      Comment by techpaul | October 18, 2013 | Reply

      • Ditto again…re:patience!

        Yes, I came across Go Daddy, just today…have not taken the time to check the pros and cons of

        I like the idea of Basic Hosting Plan… even if it costs $’s.
        Thx Paul


        Comment by Gaia | October 18, 2013 | Reply

        • Gaia,
          Many people can use their ISP’s webmail (Comcast, Roadrunner, etc.) which typically gives them 5 addresses. But many ISP’s use Yahoo! Mail (AT&T, for example) as their sub-provider.

          * And I just took another look at a competitor to GoDaddy, and like their Email plan better (it’s only a dollar/month and is bigger)


          Comment by techpaul | October 18, 2013 | Reply

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