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Is cloud computing good for your company?

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On Friday, my new computer arrived in the mail. And it is awesome –467 gig hard drive, 8 gigs of RAM, 3D NVIDIA screen resolution, an Intel 2.5 GHz processor … I couldn’t wait to set it up. So Friday night I tore open the box and started uploading all of the files from my… Continue Reading Is cloud computing good for your company?

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Love your data, but don’t overanalyze it

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It happened again today: I received another tearful call from a marketing director whose boss refuses to read her marketing analysis reports. Because he won’t read them, she is sure she’ll be fired. And her strategy for keeping her job is to prove her worth through creating even more spreadsheets and numerical analysis instead of… Continue Reading Love your data, but don’t overanalyze it

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Do I own these words? What are they worth?

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When I started writing this column, I have to admit that the notion of “owning my content and selling the content as a product” was as ludicrous to my Generation X brain as the idea of Land Ownership was to Native Americans when the settlers started buying it from them. I mean, seriously, who can… Continue Reading Do I own these words? What are they worth?

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To err is [delete] [delete] divine

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My husband and I often have the same discussion while watching the NFL; he feels that we should replace all players with robots to prevent injuries. After the disastrous missed field goal in the Ravens/Patriots game last Sunday, it seems like a decent idea –a robot may have been able to make that kick. (Go… Continue Reading To err is [delete] [delete] divine

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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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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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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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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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