Google has recently received a small amount of press because of their restriction of users creating profiles under pseudonyms. Currently, Google doesn’t allow fake names, and this has some people upset. One of the appealing things about the Internet is that is seems to offer blanket anonymity. Anyone can be whomever they choose, but is that necessarily a good thing? To answer this question, we first have to contemplate the pros and cons of being anonymous. Pros     There aren’t many sites that mandate you to use your real name, or even have any means of verifying...

We see new technologies come into our lives everyday. It seems like the minute we purchase a new computer, a better, more impressive version is released. It is hard to stay ahead of the technology curve. You might not be aware that there are a few technologies that have with stood the test of time. What characteristics does a technology need to accomplish this? Adaptability is at the top of the list, as well as flexibility and configurability. Here are a few that have stuck around for more then a few decades. Virtual Memory – 1962 – This enables systems to use hardware memory...

Every email account is vulnerable to the nefarious plots of hackers. Though there are several steps you can take to protect and secure your private information, there will always be a chance that your very own email account could one day be compromised. So, what do you do after your email has been hacked? The important thing to remember in this situation is that there are proactive steps you can take to regain control of your digital life. Here are 3 things to consider. Notify Webmail Provider     It’s important to let your webmail provider know that your account has...

Having life goals keeps us motivated. The difficulties we overcome make us stronger and as we reach each goal we should set new goals. Every step moves us towards the lives we want. We apply this to our individual lives but do we apply it to our professional lives? We spend approximately 30% of our lives at work. For many people a significant amount of this time is unfulfilling. Redundancy in our jobs can cause us to feel like we have no control over how we spend our day. We repeat the same duties day after day i.e. monitor our inbox, file paperwork, return phone calls, and wait to get off...

What makes a good app? In short, it’s all about value. Apps like the Urban Spoon are worthwhile because they offer excellent service in a market that has high demand, while apps like Angry Birds are successful because they are intuitive and just really fun. However, there are several constants across the board that all good apps have in common. Whether it’s your favorite capacitive touch game or a helpful restaurant guide, here are a few of the things all great apps have in common. Stability and Reliability     Any app worth it’s download is one that has...

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...