The Internet Police Are For Real – And They’re Teenagers

I don’t know about most people, but when I was in a kid in school, no one liked the tattletale.

Snitch, rat, narc — we had all kinds of words for them. Today, however, some large media companies are now looking to use teenagers not much older than I was when I was in school to become big-time corporate snitches. What’s more interesting is that they have little choice but to hire them for that task, because their digital security efforts will never get the job done for them. Continue reading

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How Often Do I Really Need to Look At My Company’s Data? It Depends — How Much Money Do You Want to Make?

I’ll admit it. I’m a data geek.

Sometimes when I’m working on an application for a client, I can get absorbed in the code for hours and hours until I realize that I have 30 new emails stacked up in my inbox and more than a couple of missed phone calls. I’ll always grab the call if it’s a client, because that means I get to talk about the app I’m building, but if it’s a friend or a possible date, I figure I’ll get back to them later.

And yes, that penchant has cost me a few dates in the past. What do you expect? I’m a data geek. Continue reading

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Does Your CFO Know Tech? New Survey Says Yes and No

In the early days of the business technology revolution, I imagine some of the conversations between IT chiefs and CFOs had to sound like Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First” sketch. Continue reading

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Nerd Tells Congress to Get a Clue.

I love it when nerds get pissed off. I love it even more when they’re right. Continue reading

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Cool Email Tip for MAC Users Is Your Inbox Overflowing? Here’s How to Fix It

If you’re anything like me, your email Inbox is like a family of Tribbles.

Once you have two of them, they multiply and multiply until finally, you have an Inbox that is packed, leaving you to hunt and scroll for the ones that are REALLY important, Continue reading

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What Are the Best Mobile Apps for Your Business? How to Do Business From the Ninth Hole

I love the smartphone commercial where the supervisor sends one of his team to the golf course because they now have the mobile apps that would allow him to run his department off-site.

Yeah, that’s something that happens every day.

But for those of you who enjoy the links, and wonder if something like that could ever truly be possible, here’s a heads-up. Continue reading

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How to Make Your Passwords More Secure? Avoid Sites That Make This Very Basic Security Mistake

I want you to do something for me.

I want you to close your eyes and Imagine the chaos that would be caused if, in a single hack, millions of passwords to sites like Yahoo and LinkedIn were compromised.

Now, open your eyes and forget imagining it. It actually happened. Continue reading

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It’s Not Just a Computer – It’s a Machine A Few Tips For Maintaining Your Laptop

I’d be the Master of the Obvious to call attention to the fact that computers are becoming more and more complex with each passing day. Manufacturers are striving constantly to add new features and new functionalities to the machines they deliver to the marketplace.

But what hasn’t changed is that computers are still, at their essence, still machines. Continue reading

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Is a Cyber-911 Possible? Gas Pipeline Hack Makes One Expert Wary

As computers and servers have taken over running everything from trains and subways to electrical plants and power stations, the concept of a Cyber-911 — a hack so critical that it actually puts lives or vital resources for survival in jeopardy has had the blogosphere randomly speculating for years. However, most of those discussions were based on unfounded rumors and wild conspiracy theories. Continue reading

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Do You Use QR Codes? Here’s Are a Couple of Reasons They May Be on Their Way Out

Do you use QR or “Quick Response” codes with your smartphone? They are the small boxes with squiggly little patterns that can magically link your smartphone’s browser to a commercial Web site for the purpose of buying stuff. They are on magazine and newspaper ads, as well as posters and signs at the shopping mall. Continue reading

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