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Technology Today…. by Chris Hustrulid

CES 1998 was AWESOME! The Compaq booth was all that and a bag of chips! While I could not decipher the difference between ‘N Sync, the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees, I knew in my soul what I wanted. It was a Compaq Pesario 5000. The world was my oyster. With 1000Mhz Intel Processor, 256MB RAM and a DVD-ROM / CD-RW Combo, there was no holding me back. Except for my 56K modem.


Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As I slooshied, I knew such lovely pictures (Quote from Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange)


Free, EVERYTHING. Music, video, software…

Technology is cool. It is exciting. And it’s not just for us nerds anymore; it’s for anyone who is not afraid of change.

Enter 2012….

In many ways we are reversing technologically. The Concorde SuperSonic Jet that flew so high, its passengers viewed the crest of the earth, is now defunct. Nothing has replaced it. The audio quality of music downloaded by the mass is disgustingly of poor quality. My wife has an iPad ®, that she purchased for use in her on-going, and pointless college schooling.

Real Life Break Down: clearly there is still room for improvement!

Cannot print any documents

Only WIFI internet connection (My neighbors are so irresponsible and the WIFI is intermittent)

What is my point? I do not have a point. This is a blog, a rant a rave. However I will attempt to end with somewhat of significant substance.

In the 1920’s two explorers found relics from a pre-Columbia civilization known as the Tolima. Several of those relics are eerily reminiscent of 20th century fighter jets. Dr. Uwe Spankas, Aerospace Engineer and German aviation experts Algoon Evon and Peter Ballsin made a scale replica of the flier. The 2000 year old design performed amazingly in tests. Sorry, but those beer-guzzling Wright brothers didn’t have jack on the Tolima. I know I might sound like a bit of an antidisestablishmentarianism, from my dislike of iPads ® to my belief in Greek-era taboo Zeppelins. The future is now. Take a break from pretending to work and watch this video.

(It is OK your boss is not looking). Imagine what the future holds!

-Chris Hustrulid

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