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The Department of Defense released a mobile app that will help service members adjust to life at home after returning from combat deployments. The app, called the Positive Activity jackpot, was developed by the national Center for Telehealth and Technology. It uses augmented reality with a smartphone GPS to help find nearby activities and diversions… Continue Reading Depressed after deployment? There’s an app for that.

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Last week I was invited to participate in a “Fail off” — an event designed to embolden potential entrepreneurs and show them how to start up a company based on their own ideas. The content included a bunch of business owners (including me) going up on stage and publicly divulging their worst failure(s) in gory… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Let’s all remember to celebrate our failures

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We ain’t the janitors, man

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We’re rising up in protest. Now that the marketing department is foisting all of their mediocre social media campaigns on us, the information technology department is lashing out through grimacing, sighing loudly and sending tersely worded emails. This habit that the marketing department has of “growing bored” with their tech projects has got to stop.… Continue Reading We ain’t the janitors, man

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How to get what you want from tech projects

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Right now there are two poor fellows in my office sanding all the paint off the bookcase they painted for me last week. They have to start over from scratch because they made the same mistake that a lot of software development teams make: The sales person/project manager screwed over the technicians. And I can… Continue Reading How to get what you want from tech projects

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The IT help-desk gurus field all kinds of highly technical computer questions. But, imagine fielding a call like, “We need you to fix the microwave in the lunchroom.” It’s the funnier side of being a help-desk expert. And, a request like, “I dropped my phone in the toilet. What should I do?” is not unusual… Continue Reading Help-desk experts field odd questions, keep their cool

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The U.S. government has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers. It said Wednesday that the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition. The government also filed papers saying it has reached a settlement with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. It says it will proceed… Continue Reading U.S. sues Apple, publishers over electronic books

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Netflix executives John Ciancutti and Todd Yellin are trying to create a video-recommendation system that knows you better than an old friend. It’s a critical mission as Netflix faces pressure from its Internet video rivals and subscribers still smarting from recent price hikes. A big part of Netflix’s future rides on how much Ciancutti, Yellin… Continue Reading Key to Netflix’s future: better recommendations

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I’m sure by now everyone has heard about how Roseanne Barr and Spike Lee have terrorized the family of George Zimmerman (and even some people completely unrelated to the case) by activating their social networks in an act of Twitter Vigilantism for their own personal brand of justice. So, doesn’t that prove my point that… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Roseanne Barr’s Twitter army and the fall of social media

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One of my darkest days as a technologist was in 2008 when my boss told me, “We’re killing your RSS project because we think RSS is stupid.” Beyond the obvious incorrect labeling of non-sentient technology as either “smart” or “stupid,” it was a huge mistake on the part of the management. And here’s why… What… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Is RSS an underutilized powerhouse or just stupid?

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Let’s talk information architecture

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Right now I’m working on a website that had grown “organically” (which is a polite way we Web designers describe sites that are huge because of the random addition of content with no information structure in place). Seriously, this site makes no sense. I have just found six pages of identical content, and 65 directory… Continue Reading Let’s talk information architecture

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