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March 7, 2008

Tech, G.P.: Change inevitable in technology

A man much smarter than I am once said something like ``Nothing endures but change."

That would be Heraclitus, and he said it about 2,500 years ago.

I guess he was right. Things are still changing.

First among recent changes, I have to mention in the interest of full disclosure and my desire to keep whatever credibility I have, that I have a new employer.

I now work for Pyramid Business Systems, an Endwell-based business technology company that wanted to expand by opening an office in Oneonta. They're a great bunch of people and I look forward to a lot of interesting technology adventures with them.

As before, from time to time I will probably draw from experiences on the job to fill my allotted column space, but also as in the past, you can be sure I will try to refrain from filling it with ``shameless commerce."

So, what else is new?

I guess "change" is the buzzword we're all hearing about now. All the presidential candidates are vowing to change the government.

But things always change anyway. Like it or not, change is everywhere, all the time, especially in technology.

Sometimes it happens rapidly, sometimes slowly. Sometimes you don't want things to change and sometimes you do. Sometimes you just don't notice. Change can be creeping, but it still happens.

Take, for instance, the way you light your house at night.

The incandescent bulb became popular in the 1920s and became so universal that everyone just took it for granted. Never mind that only about 3 percent of the energy it used was converted into visible light.

Then the fluorescent tube appeared, with a higher efficiency.

Now, "compact fluorescent" devices are rapidly replacing the old style light bulb, and someday in the not-so-distant future we will probably all be using LEDs to light our houses at night.

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