I know that a lot of people end up stuck in a rut, as I do. What and whydoes that does that mean? Well sometimes we don’t want to have changed. Change becomes a difficult thing for us to deal with. But change is also a good thing. I want today to wander the evolution of PDF readers. When the first Adobe Acrobat hit the world, there were no easy ways to use non-Adobe software to open, modify, and save a PDF file again. Now, you can create PDF files directly in Microsoft Office, and the Open Office products. You can go into your Google Drive and using Google Docs create a PDF File. The issue, of course now becomes the concept of locking a PDF.
Now, there are programs that let you send a PDF in a locked format. It cannot be opened and edited, but it can be signed. The evolution of the market forced the change. PDF Fusion, Aabby Finereader, Omnipage pro, and even Microsoft Office can easily open a PDF file for editing. DocuSign and others allow you to send a contract via PDF to others and have them sign the file and return it to you without them being able to modify the content of the file. It is a huge change over the past few years. There was a time when you got documents in person and signed them. Yous till have to physically (pen on paper) sign some legal documents like a large load (car, house or condo).
That got me thinking about other changes that I haven’t talked about or for that matter even thought about in a while. One of the solutions is this, the very site we write on, Virily. There are many sites that support writers and writing. But the reality of those sites is most don’t pay. I started my blog on the old LiveWriter platform (part of MSN.Com back in the day). Microsoft closed Live writer and sold the blogs and assets to WordPress. WordPress represents a great blogging site. I have been blogging there for many years. But the reality is that paying sites became the rage about six years ago. Many of the original paysites have died for a lot of reasons. But the reality is blogging has evolved!
I wonder what is next, the blog of tomorrow?
do you ever wonder what the writing site of 10 years from now will look like?
if you like will you share a technology that has evovled a lot since you first used it?
Is the concept of a computer changing as well?
Q: do you ever wonder what the writing site of 10 years from now will look like?
Yes (6 votes) – 86%
No (1 votes) – 14%
Q: if you like will you share a technology that has evolved a lot since you first used it?
Yes (4 votes) – 67%
No (2 votes) – 33%
Q: Is the concept of a computer changing as well?
Yes (6 votes) – 86%
No (1 votes) – 14%
I have only used apple computers but I have seen some changes since I got my 1st apple computer….computers force you to learn.
computers do force you to learn!
We may be writing interactive chatblogs in the future. who knows. That is great that you can send a locked PDF to be signed. I didn’t know about that.
yes, a company named DocuSign helps you do a pdf that cannot be changed but still signed!
Interactive chatblogs is an interesting idea…
3D rendering software is so much better than it was a decade ago, and only some of that is hardware related…
I am not even going to touch the world of 3d.
Not just rendering, 8 years ago the first “relatively” cheap 3d printers appeared. Now for less than 1/2 what the originals cost you can get a 3d printer, that also does carving (CNC) and laser engraving.
plus the media has evolved as well. one wonders when they’ll be able to print stone
did you see the various global videos about the concrete printer? Not stone yet but really fun to watch them print a foundation!
3D printing is some sexy tech! We need more stuff like that
i backed a company on Kickstarter about three years ago. Their first printer (snapmaker) was a laser engraver, CNC carver and 3d printer. It worked well (not awesome but well) at all three.
Their next version has a better processor for the CNC and engraving pieces.
even stuff like prototyping is massively simple now. what used to take a machine shop can now be done by a printer
I had a plastic screw in a device that broke. I glued it back together but it wasn’t sturdy enough (kept breaking.). So I scanned it with the Ecora, and then pushed the image to the 3d printer.
The new screw works perfectly.
that is so cool, DIY just got that much easier
if the screw hadn’t been 2 bucks on amazon I probably wouldn’t have tried printing it.
it took a long time.
But I sometimes don’t think about my time.
$2 for a plastic screw? to hell with them
it is all about supply (few) and demand (heavy) apparently everyone with the device in question has broken that screw.
which is why you don’t make screws out of plastic
that actually was more of a static (3d printers do not do well with static electric transferred within the printing heads) electricity.
It was a safety precaution.
I meant, the manufacturers shouldn’t have released a product with a plastic screw. shell out for metal, ya cheap bastids!
They have to be plastic. A metal screw in that location would allow static electricity to flow into the print head and would fry the electronics.
My replacements last about 3 months of printing, so I have three printed at all times!
couldn’t you go non-ferrous or ceramic? or at least some sorta resin that doesn’t break as easily?
They are, for the second version of the 3d printer. This was a first effort so, I’ll give them a break for bad planning.
Many times I wonder what the world will look like in 10 years, dear friend
It is going to be interesting!!! The next ten years are going to setup the 10 years after that 🙂
Technology has evolved so much over the years. I wish Dustin was here to enjoy the computers. He loved taking things apart and learning about them.
I suspect Dustin and your father would both be having a blast right now!
In fact concept changes every after few months
The hope is always that the standards keep up. The reality is they don’t.