Most of us remember the black screen with the blinking green cursor waiting patiently for us to input a command in order to launch an application. It was the Disk Operating System that we loving know as DOS. The 30-year anniversary of DOS was the other day. Honoring this I thought I would reflect on the history and evolution of DOS, arguably the most significant operating system in the history of computers. In 1981 IBM released the PC and the following options for operating systems (OS). IBM Personal Computer Disk Operating System – cost at the time: $40 Digital Research CP/M-86...

Staying cool in the summer is sometimes more difficult than it sounds. We all have our own means of beating the heat, be it swimming, eating ice cream, or lounging in a good old-fashioned air-conditioned room. However, there will always be more unique approaches to stay cool, thanks to gadget technology. If you’re looking to last out the summer in comfort, one of these quirky devices just might do the trick. The Bedfan This first gadget promises to keep you cool at night, even if you like to sleep under a large blanket. The Bedfan connects to the end of your bed, positioning a small...

Last week we watched as the space shuttle Atlantis took its last trip into space. This marks the conclusion of the space shuttle program but if you look around your home or office you can observe evidence of the impact the program has had on our lives. Thousands of technologies developed for the space shuttle program have been commercialized and applied in a number of ways to improve our lives. When I think about NASA technology, I used to imagine space ships, rockets, highly magnetic boots, and of course freeze-dried ice cream. After doing a bit of research, I realize just how many...

Business cards are an integral part of capable networking. The standard is simple, a small piece of rectangular paper with fundament contact information printed somewhere on it. However, more and more businesses are getting creative with they way they use their business cards. These new creative designs are increasing memorability and therefore generating more positive networking results. If you’re looking to create a business card that won’t be easy to forget, consider a few of these great tips. Add Texture This is one of the most common ways businesses create a more memorable...

As technology develops, the definition of team is changing. It is now normal to see people from different time zones and different countries collaborating as a team. Increasingly more companies are implementing the organizational strategy of virtual teams, also known as geographically dispersed teams (GDT). You have probably heard the term but are not sure if it fits your business model. A typical business misconception is that efficiency is a result of being in close proximity to a manager or team. Businesses are realizing that productivity is instead a result of the capabilities and...

Are we in the midst of a 1990s-style tech bubble? Some experts think so. Try this: Check out Google News and enter a search for ‘tech bubble.’ You’ll obtain a wide range of results. Fresh results. But let’s pause for second. What, exactly, is a tech bubble? Here’s Investopedia’s definition: “Tech Bubble – a pronounced and unsustainable market rise related to increased speculation in technology stocks. A tech bubble is highlighted by rapid share price growth and high valuations determined by standard metrics like price/earnings ratio or...

QR codes have been appearing in more and more environments of late. Maybe you’ve seen them on the side of buses, on posters, in magazines, or even on business cards.  These advanced bar codes were first implemented to track car parts, but have fairly recently been useful in generating brand awareness and loyalty. What is a QR Code?     A QR, or Quick Response code, is a multi dimensional version of the common barcode. Much like the common barcode, a QR code is readable by a scanning device.  As smartphones are able to scan these codes, QR codes have become a...

Technology has advanced to a place that allows for constant connectivity. Getting a hold of someone is as easy (and as impersonal) as sending a simple text message.   Where ever we go, as long as we have a smartphone in our pocket, we are within reach. This has been a beneficial change in many respects, but what are the negative effects of growing up in the age of connectivity? Communication is growing digitally; aspects of this will be positive where others will be negative. In this blog we will take a look at a few of the pros and cons of staying connected digitally. The Pros...

After years of anticipation and premature announcements, the tablet revolution is finally here. And it’s maturing: the innovative fervor is now sweeping business. That’s right, business. It turns out that these gadgets are more than just shiny toys for wasting time. Large and small organizations in virtually every industry have hopped on the tablet bandwagon. Now you can see these gadgets in hospitals, archaeological sites, police patrol cars, and even theaters of war. In July, Infoweek ran an interesting story about how a prestigious New York City law firm deployed hundreds of...

Traditional spamming consists of sending out an extremely high frequency of emails from a spam-hosted account. In the early days of the Internet, the was an extremely profitable, though illegal, enterprize model. However, the Internet has developed to a point where this practice is no longer viable. This doesn’t mean the Internet will soon be saved from spammers, but rather that spamming will soon take on a different form. The most important question is, why has traditional spamming declined? The second is, how will spam change to adapt to the new Internet. Profitability   ...