Kevin Tomko

About Kevin Tomko

Born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland, Kevin is a University of Maryland Terrapin fan and a loyally frustrated Redskins fan. When he is not at Matrix Group managing his projects, Kevin frequents the local dog parks with his Beagle/Pug mixed dog, Sammy (named after #33, Slingin Sammy Baugh). He likes going to comedy shows, cooking, hiking, reading, contemplating a new favorite NFL team, and spending time with family and friends.

Tech Tools: We Live in the Future with the Scout!

Okay, you might possibly know that we here at Matrix Group are geeks who love geeky things.  We wouldn’t really call that a secret.  We eagerly await the day we can get lightsabers that can actually make that vwoom noise and throw sparks all by themselves.

While real lightsabers may be a bit further away than we’d like, we can turn to the Star Trek universe and lay our hands on some honest-to-God tricorder scanners.  Well, the Scanadu Scout, actually, but what’s in a name? Promo photo for Scanadu Scout

This little device is one you can hold to your forehead while it reads vitals like temperature, heart rate, ECG and oximetry. It’s synched to your smartphone and lets you track the readings over time, giving you a sketch of your general health and ample warning for abnormalities that need a doctor’s attention.

The Scout’s in development and are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2014.

Would you use a Scout once it’s available?

Making Life Easier with Extensions

Extensions and plugins can make life so much easier. Those of us who use Chrome now have more options when it comes to Gmail.

This article in PC World Magazine explores several nifty extensions, including KeyRocket, Markdown Here, Right Inbox for GmailChecker Plus, and Gmail Offline. keys on a computer keyboard

They all look pretty exciting to me. They make things easier for the user and are free. What more could you ask?

Have you used these extensions? Are there others you prefer?

Productivity – The Power of Real Time

A long time ago, I would go to a meeting and bring a notepad to take notes. Then I graduated to those cool blank journal books.

Over the past few years I’ve stepped it up and now take my MacBook Air (thanks, Joanna) to meetings. It feels so good to take notes during a meeting, spend 10 minutes cleaning them up and then send them out to everyone. I no longer have to fumble around keyboardwith papers and lose time trying to interpret my handwriting. Its also nice to pull up all the websites we’re referring to while we’re in the meetings.

There are so many great tools out there that help with real time productivity. There’s Google Docs, Evernote and even using our company Instant Messenger.

I now find myself creating my daily checklist in TextEdit or a Word doc. All of those stickies on my desk are miraculously gone! What I do is keep my checklist open all the time and refer to it throughout the day. I leave it up on my desktop at the end of the day so when I login in the morning, voila! I know what needs to be done.

This real time productivity has crossed over into my life. I always have my iPad next to me when I watch TV – I look up things mentioned on the news, I get reminded to “check out” when I see those commercials that fly by when fast forwarding my DVR, and I’ll even pull up the long trailer of that movie they’re talking about.

Then there’s smartphones. It would be so 2009 to go on about smartphone productivity, so I will spare you.

To date myself, I grew up actually using fax machines, typewriters, pagers, car phones, 5″x5″ actual floppy disks and phone booths. By the way, what’s Superman using now??……guess that’s why a meteor hit Russia :-)

I love technology and the real time productivity it provides. Some people prefer kicking it old school. Whatever your pleasure, I’m sure 20 years from now the pen and pad will become hip again.

What’s your favorite productivity tool?