During the past several months, I've had to work with people much more than before, and I learned a few things, one of which is the importance of communication. It's one thing to sit in front of the computer all day and communicate via email and the occasional meeting, as it happens in IT work, … Continue reading The pain and importance of communication
In July 1866, after the successful completion of the project which undertook to lay a single undersea cable through the North Atlantic, from Newfoundland to Ireland, this following commemorative print was created: The Atlantic Cable was the idea of the New York merchant and financier Cirus W. Field, who wanted to communicate with Europe in … Continue reading The Atlantic Cable – Eighth Wonder of the World
A few days ago, Google launched something that a lot of people had wanted for some time: the ability to do a video chat, right from Gmail. Everyone got really excited, and for good reason. I was very happy too, until I discovered that PowerPC Macs were out of the picture. Why? Here's what I … Continue reading Google launches video chat, ignores PowerPC Macs
This is a bit of a rant, but a recent comment on one of my articles reminded of an argument I sometimes hear as a consultant. It goes something like this: "But what happens if you die?" I cringe when I hear it -- not because I can't defend it -- because I find it … Continue reading But what happens if you die?
You may or may not know that Skype offers a service called SkypeIn, which lets you get a local number that people can call to reach you anywhere in the world, provided you're logged into Skype. I've had a SkypeIn number for the past couple of years, and I love it. Want the number? It's … Continue reading Block anonymous calls with SkypeIn
Here's the good stuff: XKCD put together a hilarious map of the online communities. 🙂 Steve Jobs published an open letter to Apple users outlining the progress Apple is making toward being a completely "green" company. From the looks of it, Apple is ahead of most other folks in the technology field. Then again, it … Continue reading Condensed knowledge for 2007-05-08
This year, there were a handful of technology/software products that truly changed my life, and I wanted to take a little time to thank their makers publicly. The first, and most important, is WordPress. Without it, this site wouldn't exist, because I wouldn't have had the opportunity to combine the content from my various other … Continue reading Giving thanks for innovative technology
I recently read an article entitled "Letting Go of Difficult Clients", written by Amy Berger and featured in the August 2006 issue of The Costco Connection. I do not agree with the views she expresses there. While there are times when a relationship with a client has to be severed, none of the conditions presented … Continue reading Why you shouldn't "let go of difficult clients"
I've been playing with my Nabaztag bunny for the last few days, preparing to review it for the I Want That! Tech Toys show on HGTV, which launches this summer. It's a very cute little bunny with ears that can move. It's constantly connected to the Internet by WiFi, and you can program it to … Continue reading Nabaztag: the smart WiFi bunny from France
The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians is getting the word out about ICE, an acronym which stands for In Case of Emergency. ICE entries in your phone's addressbook can help paramedics decide who to call if you're hurt. The advice given is to "type ICE into your phone's directory and include a name and … Continue reading Store ICE on your speed dial – in case of emergency