Three smiley face cartoons
Mon
04/27/2015
16:22
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As promised, last week Google rolled out an update to their search engine which gives priority to websites that are mobile-friendly. I’ve read a number of blog posts about this and none mentioned that this applies only to mobile search results. In other words, if you’re doing your Google search on a desktop, you’re likely to see a different order of search results than if you were doing it on your mobile phone.

Heart bleeding graphic
Mon
04/21/2014
11:45
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Heartbleed is the name of a security flaw discovered in a widely-used encryption technology called OpenSSL.  This flaw exposes usernames and passwords that are supposed to be private and secure.  It is estimated that nearly 20% of secure web servers certified by trusted authorities use OpenSSL.

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, a form of encryption that protects your private information when using the web.  This is what is used to protect you when you log in to your banking website, purchase things online, etc.  

Microsoft SkyDrive screen shot
Wed
01/02/2013
15:16
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Services like DropBox, Google Drive and SkyDrive have made working with cloud files a seamless experience – their apps integrate into the file explorer and allow you to work with files on your local drive which are synchronized with their cloud versions in nearly real-time.  You can access your files from any device and know that you always have the most up-to-date version.

Smiling man with smiling woman in background
Tue
10/30/2012
15:05
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The previous article emphasized the importance of loyalty, honesty, humility and friendliness over technical skills and certifications.  The point was not that the skills aren’t important or even essential for the position, but that the skills without the character is a recipe for future trouble, regardless of how impressive the credentials.  A skill can be learned; character is more foundational than that.

Smiling woman at computer desk
Mon
10/01/2012
9:11
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For many small businesses, there is no one in the organization who has more access to sensitive and confidential information than your IT staff.  They are in possession of passwords for the company’s financial software, can access sensitive documents and have the ability to read anyone’s email – including yours.  Hiring a whiz kid or someone with multiple obscure-sounding certifications just because they seem to know a lot may seem like a good decision at the time, but consider whether they know what they shouldn’t know –that they are someone you trust.  Once you’ve found the right

Windows 8 screenshot
Tue
09/11/2012
10:11
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Windows 8 has been available to the public since Microsoft announced the availability of its Consumer Preview back on February 29.  (Leaping ahead on Leap Day?)  There have been a number of subsequent iterations, including the more recent Enterprise evaluation edition which I’ve been using for the past week.  This is the version that IT professionals will be looking at to see whether there are any compelling reasons to adopt it in the enterprise.  Microsoft’s attractive upgrade pricing will encourage IT departments to reconsider finally moving their users from the venerable XP, especially s

Microsoft Suerface tablet
Tue
09/04/2012
13:48
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It has been nearly three months since Microsoft announced the Surface tablet PC, their first foray into the production of the hardware that runs their Windows OS.  Since then, there have been numerous announcements of new Windows 8 tablets/PCs from other hardware manufacturers, but none has captured the attention nor fueled the imagination like Microsoft’s Surface. 

Cloud image with software program logos
Wed
05/16/2012
14:12
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These days you hear the word cloud whenever you are in a discussion related to technology.  As ubiquitous as the word is, you’d think that the definition would be just as well-known, but ask someone to describe “The Cloud” and you may find the explanation pretty cloudy, too.