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Prepare for 2012 to be an un-friendly year

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This morning I made a bold decision: I’m un-friending nearly everyone on Facebook. It’s just plain too much for one person to handle — the constant interruption of this and that and brick-a-brack. I simply don’t have the capacity to care anymore. Not in any way. Why… Why…. WHY??? The reason I have so many… Continue Reading Prepare for 2012 to be an un-friendly year

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Apple starts selling interactive iPad textbooks

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Apple Inc. on Thursday launched its attempt to make the iPad a replacement for a satchel full of textbooks by starting to sell electronic versions of a handful of standard high-school books. The electronic textbooks, which include “Biology” and “Environmental Science” from Pearson and “Algebra 1″ and “Chemistry” from McGraw-Hill, contain videos and other interactive… Continue Reading Apple starts selling interactive iPad textbooks

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My mobile carrier has tethered me to my desk

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It’s happened: I’ve been sent back to my office like a bad dog. Here I am now, with my tail between my legs and ears flat as I sadly load Pandora back up on my desktop and hunker down for the long haul. It’s my mobile carrier that’s doing this to me, and I hate… Continue Reading My mobile carrier has tethered me to my desk

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Google gets more personal with search results

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Google is sifting through the photos and commentary on its blossoming social network so its Internet search results can include more personal information. The additional personal touches coming out Tuesday mark another step toward one of Google’s most ambitious goals. The Internet search leader eventually hopes to know enough about each of its users so… Continue Reading Google gets more personal with search results

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Needles, haystacks and the new work force

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So I’ve started teaching at a prominent university in Baltimore. I signed up mostly because I like to hear people call me “Professor DeVries,” but I also thought it might be fun to see what kids are all about these days. As usual, I was completely unprepared for what I would find there. The Internet… Continue Reading Needles, haystacks and the new work force

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A holiday e-card just for me? (yawn)

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The holidays are fast upon us, and as we huddle up for yet another recessive year-end, the thought of lavish corporate celebration is far from our minds. Yet it’s still important to thank clients and strategic partners for their business. Oh! I have it! Let’s make an E-Card. Stop right there. Just stop it. News… Continue Reading A holiday e-card just for me? (yawn)

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Happy Hacknukka and Merry Credit Card Fraud

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’ll be much mistletoeing, and hearts will be glowing when credit fraud comes near… yes you heard me correctly. While the rest of the world has sugar plums dancing in their heads, phishing and credit card scammers are keeping network security defenders up all night every night.… Continue Reading Happy Hacknukka and Merry Credit Card Fraud

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Local tech business might leave town

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ModusLink Global Solutions is considering moving Tech for Less jobs to Bloomington, Ind. ModusLink bought Tech for Less in 2009 and said this week it may consider moving jobs. A former employee said this week that the company plans to move some operations to Bloomington, shut down one of the facilities, and possibly move customer… Continue Reading Local tech business might leave town

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There’s a new cyber threat. Small and medium businesses are being targeted by cyber criminals using fake social media posts. Some are using email spoofing to send fake Twitter and Facebook updates, while others are sending direct messages from legitimate user accounts that have been hacked. In both instances, the sender will post a short… Continue Reading Cyber criminals target businesses with social media phishing scam

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Unanswered questions about the Nerd Herd

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I’ve noticed two things lately; first that everybody is going nerdy with their iPads, Xooms, and laptops. Second; today’s nerd customer service needs are under served. Now that we’re working from home or launching side businesses (because no one is sure they’ll have a job from week to week,) the need for free wi-fi and… Continue Reading Unanswered questions about the Nerd Herd

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