If your small to medium sized office is like most, your office copier doesn’t look a day over 30 years old. Chances are it is dirty, scratched, possibly has some liquid paper on the glass and the device probably jams all the time. Whether it is in a big office or small, the copier is a tool that just gets beaten around. It gets no respect, but yet it is the device most offices couldn’t live without.
Even before there was a computer on every desk, there was a copier in every office. And last week CNN noted that the copier turns 50 – despite what we just noted about every copier seeming to look decades old. What is remarkable is that while computers have changed, operating systems evolved, and various technologies have come and gone from the office – the fax machine is one that looked to replace the copier – the fact is that the copier isn’t going anywhere. And yet it is basically relying on the same old technology that was in the original Xerox machines 50 years ago.
OK, so the machines have slimmed down a bit, and they can do more now – collate, two-sided printing, color printing and even digital storage of documents as well as letterhead – the fact is that they’re still just copiers. And they’re likely not going anyway. Happy 50th office copier, may you have many more years to come.
iPhone 4.0 OS
Among the biggest complaints about Apple’s iPad is that this new tablet PC can’t multitask. And while that isn’t likely going to be fixed just yet, for the iPhone 4.0 OS multitasking will be just one of numerous new features the company is adding to the handset. Apple has announced its magnificent seven or “tentpole” features.
The biggest improvement for the smartphone will be the inclusion of multitasking, which Apple assures users can be done without draining the battery or overly affecting the performance. The lack of multitasking is really what has kept smartphones from being true genius devices, and if Apple can make this happen on the iPhone, it will be a short time before everyone else follows suit.
Other feature improvements will include the addition of folders, which will work much like the Stacks from Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6, and will allow users to drag and drop apps onto one another to create application folders. Mail is getting a makeover, and the biggest change is that all mail can come to a single unified inbox, with support for multiple push mail clients. In the enterprise space the iPhone is being tweaked to be a little more friendly to the IT crowd, and the 4.0 OS will add support for SSL VPN.
The writing is also on the screen with iBooks, which has recently arrived to the iPad. iTunes made Apple a major player in the music world, and now the company is getting in on the book world too, offering a store directly from the iPhone, so you can ring up a bestseller. Apple also never has been one to embrace video games, but that is changing, at least in the handheld space and the iPhone will now have a social gaming network.