Dragging the boss into 2011 | Editorial

I am a technology geek. True, in May 2009 I wrote in a column in this newspaper that even as a lover of gadgets, there’s too much technology out there and I refused to jump on the Twitter bandwagon. I eventually relented. I’m @hill_kris if you want to follow me.

I am a technology geek.

True, in May 2009 I wrote in a column in this newspaper that even as a lover of gadgets, there’s too much technology out there and I refused to jump on the Twitter bandwagon. I eventually relented. I’m @hill_kris if you want to follow me.

In the past two and a half years I have come to recognize the value of technology both in my personal and professional life.

Twitter has allowed me to keep up with what’s going on. I don’t post a ton, but, I follow quite a few people or entities that keep track of local news as well as national events. Plus, it’s fun to see what some of the celebrities I admire tweet, because you just need a laugh sometimes.

I’ve gotten story ideas from Twitter. I also keep up with some of the high school sports teams that way. And I’ve connected with student journalists, as well — that’s you Spencer Transier.

Meanwhile, Facebook has become a great way to find stories, to connect with sources as well as share stories with friends and family who may not otherwise see my articles because they live in other parts of the country.

My recent tech love affair has been the CoverItLive app for my Android phone. I’ve used it extensively during fall sports to cover high school football and it seems to have been well received. What I particularly enjoyed about live blogging football games was the interaction I was able to get with people who were following along. I got comments and questions. It was fantastic. Plus, it allowed me to take notes in a format that I could read, much better than trying to translate the scribbling in my notebook.

And as I have embraced technology, I have been trying to persuade my boss, Regional Editor Dennis Box, to get a smartphone.

Well, in truth, I’ve been shaming him into abandoning his little Nokia candybar phone and join us in this decade. He has, to put it mildly, been resistant.

I don’t understand why he keeps making up excuses. He gives his cell phone number out to anyone passing by, it seems, and that Bluetooth headset of his is never far from reach if it isn’t on his ear.

But, that’s about all his phone is good for: calls and texts, maybe a little Twitter.

I’ve been telling him for more than a year now he needs a smartphone, specifically an Android phone, but he doesn’t want to pay for the phone, the data plan, insert additional excuses here.

A couple weeks ago, however, he lost the will to fight the smartphone pull. I got an email asking about which T-Mobile Android device he should purchase.

Yes! (Insert Tiger Woods fist pump here.)

I reviewed his options and responded immediately. I told him to just call his carrier back and tell them which one he wanted. Or he could go to one of the other third-party authorized resellers in the area, you know those big box electronics stores, a warehouse store, or even Wally World.

During a recent trip to Costco in Covington I noticed the store had an excellent price on a high end Android phone with a contract renewal, so, I suggested Dennis go check it out.

Dennis, however, is the only person I know who works more hours than I do — with the exception of high school coaches and principals, but, that’s a topic for another column — so he’s always “too busy” to go upgrade. Please envision me rolling my eyes.

I told him recently that with our new Facebook-driven commenting system for our website, it would make it easier for him to keep track of the discussion happening online, but all I got in response was a dirty look.

He could be cool like me and live blog events with a keyboard on the app rather than semi-cryptic shorthand posts from Twitter.

And I’ve explained he could read his email at all hours of the day or night, anywhere he has signal or WiFi, on a phone with a screen that is bigger than two inches.

Managing our Twitter feeds would be easier. And he would be able to stay connected to conversations going in the community in a greater way.

It would make Dennis a better journalist.

Or he’d sleep less due to playing with his phone.

Still, he hasn’t gotten a smartphone.

Always some excuse, you know like, “I had to work all weekend because you actually wanted to take the weekend off for once.”

Please envision Dennis rolling his eyes and doing his imaginary hair flip here.

I’ll keep pestering him.

The little phone he has now is nearly three years old and on its last legs.

I suspect that it will have to fully die before he replaces it with a smartphone because he’s one of the only people I know who still actually talks on his phone.

What’s funny is Dennis is in many ways as much of a technology geek as I am but, like me, he’s quite stubborn.

So, if you see him around and he’s still using that circa-2005 technology Nokia, tell him to get a smartphone already.

Perhaps he will bend to community pressure finally.

And then once he gets on the bandwagon with the other 40 percent of smartphone-carrying Americans, I will get to say, “I told you so.”

Then being the tech geek, I will be pressed into service as his personal tech support guru, at which point I will curse being right.

Maybe there is such a thing as too much technology after all.