Foe Turns to Friend

Computers. I swear sometimes I’d like to smash mine into a pulp like they did with the printer in “Office Space.’

Apr 1st, 2008

Computers. I swear sometimes I’d like to smash mine into a pulp like they did with the printer in “Office Space.” I’d like to watch the wires and cables fly around in the air as I release my frustrations (and I’m an easy-going person, I really am!). While I realize it’s an inanimate object, I can’t help but feel as though it’s out to get me at times, waiting for me to press the ‘on’ button so it can mock me with its evil computer lingo as it locks up, stalls, and just makes life difficult.

Am I the only one that feels this way? I have to think not.

Well, help is here, for all of us. In this issue we will be discussing the various computers and software out there that will do just the opposite of making your life a nightmare - these will make it easier. Companies like MapInfo, FreeWave Technologies, Panasonic and Twisted Pair are in fact making lives easier with their new software and technologies.

First, in the feature Advances in Computer Techniques we’ll take a look at how computers are changing, getting smaller and allowing us to do more with one device as opposed to many. (Already, I’m liking the idea.)

We’ll also take a look at new software innovations that will help in many ways, such as Twisted Pair’s WAVE software - it minimizes disruption by connecting all of the utilities and rescue departments at once to one program, which will in turn save your company time and money as they resolve problems that may arise. FreeWave will show you how to create the ultimate communications network, and Panasonic shows how to keep the mobile workforce on the move and connected, with real-time data, where ever they may be. And these are just a few of the solutions offered in this issue. I really think that after reading through the following pages, your outlook on computers may just start to change as mine did. Maybe they aren’t all out to get us after all. Or at least not with companies like these around to help us.

On another note, I wanted to give you a heads-up on the Utility Products Conference & Expo. Booths are being booked, fast. Brooks Utility Products Group, Cooper Power Systems, Mobile Desk/SVP Mfg, Utility Equipment Leasing Corp., Auto Driveway and Hubbell Power Systems have already booked theirs, and I don’t see it slowing down. If you want to get in on the ground floor of this new show, I highly recommend you book your own booth soon. And for those of you who will not be attending as an exhibitor, be sure to start making plans to be an attendee today. The dates again are Feb 3-5, 2009 in San Diego. Mark your calendars! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you won’t want to miss this brand new show.

Cheers,

Kellie Sandrik
Assistant Editor
kellies@pennwell.com

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