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    Open Source + Amazon Storage = Less Backup Cost

    Posted February 17, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Let's be honest: half of the companies reading this today are NOT backing up their data properly. That's the optimistic figure, because some backup industry analysts say about two-thirds of companies have backup issues that cause them grief. But there's hope for the unprepared half or two-thirds of you out there.
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    It's Not Your &#%*@$ Computer!

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    If the company provides the computer, the company owns the computer and has the sole right to decide how the employee uses that computer and what software can be loaded. Locking down Windows-based systems stop a wide variety of security problems.
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    VoIP Now Voice Over Internet Plumbing

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 2:51 pm

    I've never liked the acronym VoIP because it sounds so stupid out loud (vo-eep). But alas, the world yet again ignored my suggestions. Now I will try to recast the acronym to at least mean something much closer to the perception of many in the VoIP business: VoIP is now just phones over different plumbing, and no longer a Big Deal.
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    Twitter and CNN Crawls

    Posted December 26, 2008 - 1:20 pm

    If you watch CNN, you may have noticed some of the shows now include comments by viewers in the crawl section at the bottom of the screen. People send those messages via Twitter. Is this a brilliant tool for viewer engagement or the equivalent of drunks waving in the background when an athlete is interviewed immediately after a game?

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    Time to Filter Facebook?

    Posted November 14, 2008 - 11:03 am

    Just after my post about The Facebook Productivity Sink Hole, the Internet monitoring company 8e6 Technologies sent me a note about their recent study. They surveyed 1000 businesses, 500 in the US and 500 in the UK, and found the problem crosses the pond faster than bad reality TV plots stolen by Hollywood.

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