Being Technology Forward (aka a Glasshole)

San Francisco #throughglass

I’m a little surprised that people seem to have widely varying opinions about Google Glass. While I’m wearing it, people blurt out “Glass!”, “Google Glasses!”, “Cyclops!”, “What is that?”, “Terminator!” and “Glasshole!”. People stop me everywhere — grocery stores, bars, the street, my doctor’s office. Wearing them is an invitation to be asked about them and I don’t mind. I’d like people to understand them better. In fact, I like when people try it on, with a couple of commands, they get the Glass experience and their eyes light up like children. Even my teenager, who, despite being so dependent on her iPhone, rejects technology…even she couldn’t hold back saying “That’s actually pretty sick, mom” and lets me wear it in public.

The press is all over Sarah Slocum’s use of Glass and her run in with some people who didn’t want to be taped in San Francisco’s Lower Haight district. I’ve been to that area, there are friendlier neighborhoods. However, just like the poster child for wearing Glass while driving, Sarah has been experiencing some early-stage device use hatred. We can get philosophical as to why: they have exclusive distribution and an unwieldy price, a clear and noble use for them hasn’t been communicated, Google has been characteristically quiet about its controversial product.

Nearly everybody has a photo and video capable phone, and nearly all of them are connected to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other networks. Unlike Glass, there is no visible indication that they are being used for photos or videos. But in this town, we don’t care what you do. The things I’ve seen. Buy me a drink sometime and I’ll tell you stories. I will capture the world with Glass, with as much permission as I’ve asked for in the past with a camera, audio recorder or similar and that’s where I stand. At a time when we distrust the government because they’ve been tapping into our lives without our permission, Glass is facing some unwarranted displaced fear. It’s a smartphone you wear like glasses, not a futuristic tracking device.

It's not science fiction

And although Robert Scoble recently said he is “skeptical” about Google pushing forward with the device, I think Glass has a functional future, and I love it, however I could see another device outsmarting, out-designing, and out-penetrating Glass.

So, what’s using Google Glass like and what does it do? I’ve had Glass for 6 months, so I’ll tell you what I do with it. Some of what I do on my phone I can also do with Glass. I send and receive text messages (like sending a grocery list to my husband he can pull up on Glass, himself, and not have to take his phone out of his pocket at the grocery store), take and share photos and videos (there are multi-shots, short/long videos, and a community of Glass photographers taking interesting pictures), look up the weather (by voice) and anything else you want on the Internet. Sure, like with any new technical device, I can take photos or videos without people knowing, but let’s be real, wearing Glass is NOT discreet. And I’m no jerk, if you’re interesting enough to tape up close, trust me I’ll ask permission.

Will you get Google Glass when the price comes down and it’s made available to everyone?

What is it like to live in San Francisco while working at a tech company or startup?

Is it dangerous to live in SF and work for a tech company? http://qr.ae/nekW2

Answer by Lisa Padilla:

Yes, it's dangerous to live in San Francisco. It's horrible. There are startup office pitfalls to watch out for, like an ever-present keg of beer, ping pong table and soft chairs in which to relax and think. San Francisco is a diverse place to live, which is dangerous if you are afraid of becoming more open-minded and tolerant. Other perks of startups, fun offsites, garden rooftops, Friday beer meetups, exposure to other startups and people in the ecosystem. Then there is the dangerous draw of the beautiful city…the bridges, the food, art, music, plays and opera, ballet, the architecture, TransAmerica building, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, did I mention the food? (Disclaimer: I was born here.)

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“Google Now” Commands

An infographic from Trendblog.net, a cheat sheet for “Google Now” commands.

As a new user of Glass and Google Now on my Moto X (get one.), this new voice interface is really cool. My first issue was that saying “Okay Google Now” is awkward. I want to call it whatever I want, just like I wanted to call Siri whatever I wanted. But there was a problem with that. Instead of just keeping my lewd nickname between us, Siri changed every “From:” field to read “Bitch”.  I just learned that you can say “Okay Jarvis, …” instead of “Google”. :)

Google Now Voice Commands by trendblog.net
Google Now voice commands by trendblog.net

General Commands

  • “Search for [chicken recipes]?”
  • “Say [where is the supermarket] in [Spanish]?”
  • “What is [Schrodinger’s cat]?”
  • “Who invented [the internet]?”
  • “What is the meaning of [life]?”
  • “Who is married to [Ben Affleck]?”
  • “Stock price of [Apple]”
  • “Author of [Game of Thrones]”
  • “How old is [Michael Jordan]?”
  • “Post to Google+ [feeling great]”

Notes & Reminders

  • “Remind me to [buy milk] at [5 PM]”
  • “Remind me [when I get / next time I'm at] [home / work / other location] [to send an email to John]”
  • “Wake me up in [5 hours]”
  • “Note to self: [I parked my car in section D]”
  • “Set alarm for [8 PM]”

Time & Date

  • “What time is it in [Tokyo]?”
  • “When is the sunset [in Chicago (optional)]”
  • ”What is the time zone of [Berlin]”
  • “Time at home”
  • “Create a calendar event: [Dinner in New York] [Saturday at 8 PM]”

Communication

  • “Call [Daniel]”
  • “Send [email] to Daniel, [Subject: Meeting], [Message: Will be there in 5]”
  • “Send [SMS] to Philipp mobile, don’t forget to buy milk”
  • ”[Contact name]”

Weather

  • “Weather”
  • “Is it going to rain [tomorrow / Monday]”
  • “What’s the weather in [Boston]?”
  • “How’s the weather in [Portland] on [Wednesday] going to be?”

Maps & Navigation

  • “Map of [Flagstaff]”
  • “Show me the nearby [restaurant] on map”
  • “Navigate to [Munich] on car”
  • “How far is [Berlin] from [Munich]?”
  • “Directions to [address / business name / other destination]”

Conversions & Calculations

  • “What is the tip for [125] dollars?”
  • “Convert [currency / length ...] to [currency / length ...]”
  • “How much is [18] times [48]?”
  • “What is [45] percent of [350]?”
  • “Square root of [81]”
  • “….. equals”

Sports

  • “How are [the New York Yankees] doing?”
  • “When is the next [Los Angeles Lakers] game?”
  • “Show me the [Premier League] table”
  • “Did [Bayern Munich] win their last game?”

Flight Information

  • “Flight [AA 125]?”
  • “Flight status of [AA 125]”
  • “Has [LH 210] landed?”
  • “When will [AA 120] land / depart?”

Web Browsing

  • “Go to [Huffington Post]?”
  • “Open [xda.com]”
  • “Show me [android.com]”
  • “Browse to [reddit.com]”

Entertainment

  • “Listen to / play [Intro] by [The XX]?”
  • “YouTube [fail compilation]?”
  • “Who acted in [Ocean’s 11]?”
  • “Who is the producer of [Gladiator]?”
  • “When was [Alien] released?”
  • “Runtime of [Avatar]”
  • “Listen to TV”
  • “What’s this song?”

Easter Eggs

  • “Do a barrel roll”
  • “What’s the loneliest number?”
  • “Make me a sandwich!”
  • “When am I?”
  • “Okay Jarvis, …” (Instead of “Okay Google, …”)
  • “Who are you?”
  • “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
  • “Beam me up, Scotty!”

SQL Saturday Silicon Valley Event

Here’s a great upcoming event. Lisacast is going. Hope to see you there!

SQL Saturday Silicon Valley

SQL Saturday Silicon Valley with Ross Mistry (Microsoft) and Mark Ginnebaugh (DesignMind)

February 23rd, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Microsoft Technology Center, 1065 La Avenida, Building 1, Mountain View, CA, 94043
The largest Bay Area SQL Server event is here again! SQL Saturday sessions include SQL Server 2012, DBA, Development, Business Intelligence, and Big Data. A great post-event networking reception includes raffle prizes! Even better, the event only charges a $10 lunch fee.

Speakers:

  • Angel Abundez, DesignMind
  • Kevin Boles
  • Carlos Bossy, Quanta Intelligence
  • Mitchell Bottel, Innovative IT Consulting
  • William Brown, Microsoft
  • Dan Bulos, Symmetry Corporation
  • Denny Cherry
  • Rob Farley, LobsterPot Solutions
  • Argenis Fernandez, Microsoft
  • Grant Fritchey, Red Gate
  • Mark Ginnebaugh, DesignMind
  • Janis Griffin, Confio
  • Mark Gschwind, DesignMind
  • Allan Hirt, SQLHA
  • Jason Horner
  • Phil Hummel, EMC
  • Rob Kerr, Blue Granite
  • Scott Klein, Microsoft
  • Kevin Kline, SQLSentry
  • Randy Knight, SQL Solutions Group
  • Julie Koesmarno, LobsterPot Solutions
  • Ami Levin, SolidQ
  • Denise McInerney, Intuit
  • Joy Mundy, Kimball Group
  • Dilip Nayak, CUDirect Corporation
  • Aaron Nelson
  • Joe Sack, SQLskills
  • Chris Shaw, Xtivia
  • Pat Sinthusan, NetApp
  • Mickey Steuwe
  • Mark Tabladillo, Mark Tab Consulting
  • Joseph Vertido, Melissa Data
  • Eddie Wuerch, ExactTarget
  • Wenming Ye, Microsoft

Also, join one of two $149 all-day, pre-conference trainings February 22nd Database Configuration and Tuning with Kevin Kline or Introduction to SQL Server Data Mining with Mark Tabladollo

Real World Database Configuration and Tuning
Speaker: Kevin Kline, SQL Server MVP and Director of Engineering at SQL Sentry

Kevin Klien

This multi-module full day seminar covers best practices for database and application design and configuration, implementation, maintenance and performance tuning.

This session has a special focus on IT organizations with large SQL Server deployments.

- Bare metal tuning of server and disk configuration
- Benchmarking performance
- Physical machine versus virtual machine deployment
- Database conceptual design and normalization through to physical deployment of databases, indexing and partitioning
- Understanding SQL Server query performance
- Identifying performance bottlenecks and resolving performance issues
- Automating as much as possible so that life gets easier!

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of SQL Server architecture and administration.

Kevin Kline has been a Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2004 and is a noted leader in the SQL Server industry. His product designs have won multiple “Best of TechEd” and “Readers’ Choice” awards. He is a founding board member and former president of PASS – The Professional Association for SQL Server. He has written or co-written eleven books including the best-selling SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin contributes monthly columns to SQL Server Pro and DBTA magazines. Kevin is also a top-rated speaker at conferences worldwide such as Microsoft TechEd, the PASS Summit, DevTeach, Oracle OpenWorld, and SQL Connections. He tweets via @kekline and blogs at KevinEKline.com.

Introduction to SQL Server Data Mining
Speaker: Mark Tabladillo, Ph.D and SQL Server MVP

Mark Tabladillo

QL Server 2012 provides enterprise-level data mining technology, ranging from supporting individual analysts through scalable server solutions.  You will see some of the elements of SQL Server Data Mining from the Excel add-in to full-scale production examples implemented by Microsoft Business Intelligence technology.

Mark will explain data mining in a scientifically accurate way while making the technology practically accessible and even fun. This course is appropriate for people new to data mining technology.  However, feel free to bring your more advanced challenges and questions too.

Objectives:

- Provide a fundamental scientific framework for data mining
- Demonstrate the technology with the fundamental Microsoft data mining interfaces
- Offer practical advice in moving from desktop analysis to enterprise-level deployment

Technology:

- SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services (Multidimensional)
- Office 2013 x64 (Excel and Visio) with Data Mining Add-In
- SQL Server 2012 Integration Services
- SQL Server Management Studio
- SQL Server Data Tools

Mark Tabladillo is a SAS expert, Ph.D, and Microsoft MVP.   He helps teams become more confident in making actionable business decisions with the use of data mining and analytics.  Mark provides training and consulting for companies in United States and around the world. He also teaches part-time with the University of Phoenix, and supervised a dissertation with a graduate student living in Canada.

Contact URL: http://marktab.net/datamining