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  • How To Choose a Photo Printer

    Posted December 22, 2009 - 11:19 am

    Although any ink jet printer can print photos, a specialized photo printer will produce images better than all but the most professional photo processing services. There's no magic, but the ingredients for a great photo printer are high resolution, a good range of color inks, and specialized photo papers.
  • Yelp, Google Breakup Bad News for Small Business

    Posted December 21, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    It is unhappy news that Google won't be purchasing Yelp. It was a natural in terms of things Google should be doing, especially in helping small local businesses promote themselves.
  • Debunking the “Buy New Printer Rather Than Replacement Ink” Myth

    Posted December 21, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    The urban myth that it's cheaper to buy a new low-end printer rather than replacement ink cartridges was put to the test by PC World in their recent article, “What's Cheaper: Replacment Ink, or a New Printer?” Interesting story and even more interesting conclusions.
  • How to Choose the Right Ink Jet Printer

    Posted December 19, 2009 - 7:07 pm

    Ink jet printing technology gets the rap for being cheap and boring at times, because so many ink jet printers are cheap and boring. Actually, ink jet printing technology is fascinating. You know how they customize M&Ms for people? Ink jet printing. The trick is matching the right ink jet printer and paper to your printing task.
  • Personal Printers or Workgroup Printers?

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 7:59 pm

    This is actually less about printers and more about the technology philosophy of your company. If you wonder who has time to develop a “technology philosophy” then you obviously don't have one, and your control over your printing cost is nil. That's not generally a good thing, so let's help you develop a “printing philosophy” as a start.
  • Dell launches dedicated services organization

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 5:23 pm

    Dell Services, built on the recently acquired Perot Systems, will focus on midmarket customers.
  • Top 3 Reasons Color Printing Matters

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 1:19 pm

    I remember back in 1990 speaking to an interface expert admitting he was wrong about the then new-fangled color monitors starting to take over for green-screen monochrome monitors. I also remember my own reluctance to move to color printing. I made lots of money selling the early HP LaserJets, so why change? Why get all colory?
  • Cheap Printers Cost Too Much

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 6:21 pm

    Yesterday, at a small business networking lunch, one of the members asked me about buying printers before the end of the year for tax planning. We talked about the office equipment exemption limit , and then I asked him what type of printers he planned to get.
  • Unified Tech Migrates to the Cloud

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Unified communications is moving to a hosted model for small and midsize businesses, an In-Stat report says.
  • Optus befriends NEC for new UC offering

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Optus has partnered with NEC to deliver unified communications (UC) solutions to small and medium businesses (SMBs) through a package combining fixed and mobile services.
  • Using eBox As A Windows Primary Domain Controller

    Posted November 26, 2009 - 8:38 am

    eBox Platform is an open source small business server that allows you to manage all your services like firewall, DHCP, DNS, VPN, proxy, IDS, mail, file and printer sharing, VoIP, IM and much more.
  • Google's Ad Empire is Good for Small Business

    Posted November 25, 2009 - 12:52 pm

    Google is the leader in online search and search-based advertising, and recent acquisitions are designed to expand the vast Google empire. Critics take exception to Google undercutting traditional marketing channels, but the evolving advertising landscape levels the playing field for small and medium businesses.
  • Picking the Right Security Software

    Posted November 24, 2009 - 6:15 pm

    In security software, you have plenty of options, from free antivirus programs to paid ones to full-blown, multifunction security suites. The big issue, of course, is deciding which approach is right for you.
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    Holiday gift ideas: home and office gear

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    Technology gifts to use at home or at work.
  • Security Zen: The Yin and Yang of Protecting Your Information

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 7:43 pm

    Small businesses can now put in place a complete arsenal of security tools that are installed as a single, integrated solution.
  • Open Source Changes the Software Acquisition Process

    Posted November 2, 2009 - 1:03 am

    The option for FOSS affects business application choice--for more than dollar reasons.
  • Windows 7 on Older PCs, Windows 7 on Netbooks

    Posted October 30, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Today I spoke with a Microsoft tech in charge of helping large customers migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. One of the interesting things he said was that Windows 7 was indeed tweaked and slimmed down to run on lower powered computers than Vista. Let's talk about that, and how Microsoft has a utility to help you load Windows 7 on your netbook.
  • AVG Delivers Small Business Security Offerings

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    AVG Technologies has announced the general availability of its latest small business security products, AVG Internet Security Business Edition 9.0 and AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 9.0.
  • Cisco buying ScanSafe for $183 million

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Cisco has announced plans to buy privately held ScanSafe, a maker of software-as-a-service (SaaS) Web security services for enterprises and small-to-midsize businesses, for $183 million.
  • Google Apps Trump IBM / Lotus iNotes Lame Offering

    Posted October 23, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Did you notice Google Apps has a new competitor? Didn't think so. You'd think IBM and Lotus could come up with 1) a better product to compete on Google's turf and 2) figure out a way to make a bigger splash. All we have here are lame offerings created by idiot vice presidents and marketed by other idiot vice presidents.
  • Microsoft HMC + BroadSoft = UC in the cloud

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    When people think of Microsoft's collaboration applications, SharePoint, some of the Office and Exchange functionality, and experimental tools like Academy Mobile spring to mind. But another product should be added to the list: Microsoft's Hosted Messaging and Collaboration platform.
  • Hot Rod Netbook Sports Dual CPUs

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Leave it to that computer innovation center Columbia (the country, not the university) to come up with a way to turbo charge the lowly netbook into near-laptop performance. Haleron in Columbia spent six months engineering a netbook with two Intel Atom processors to rev up the performance. The lower netbook pricing enables income-limited South Americans to use a netbook in place of a more expensive laptop for general computer needs.
  • Gartner: Server virtualization now at 18% of server workload

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    How fast is the shift to server virtualization happening? According to Gartner, 18% of server workloads this year run on virtualized servers; that share will grow to 28% next year and reach almost half by 2012.
  • Windows unsafe for online banking? Shopping?

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 6:34 pm

    More and more experts are beginning to think that the best safe way to shop online or do online banking is to replace Windows with Linux.
  • Three Reasons You'll Upgrade to Windows 7 – Time, Money, and Hassle

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 11:12 am

    A few of you will move toward Macintosh and Linux operating systems for more of your computers, but not enough to hurt Microsoft. Windows 7 will become, for three reasons, the most popular personal computer OS in 2012 (assuming ancient Mayan predictions are wrong and we're still here). Those three reasons? Money, time, and hassle.

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