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ALTOM: I’ve enjoyed sharing what I know—and hearing from youRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Tim Altom
With technology--as with technology writers--nothing lasts forever.
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ALTOM: Don’t expect Amazon’s drones anytime soonRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Tim Altom
The retail giant's futuristic delivery plan has some monumental obstacles to overcome.
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ALTOM: Online games find favor among hiring managersRestricted Content

January 4, 2014
The pastime of many a millennial turns out to be a good predictor of future job performance.
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ALTOM: Obamacare not only spectacular tech failure of 2013Restricted Content

December 14, 2013
Tim Altom
This year, as usual, there were plenty of memorable, human-inspired technology horrors.
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ALTOM: The data says: Driving deserves your full attention

November 30, 2013
Tim Altom
Even talking on the phone while behind the wheel is a potentially dangerous use of your time.
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ALTOM: Airplane device change is small—just like seatsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Tim Altom
The loosening of restrictions on electronic devices on planes is of little consequence.
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ALTOM: Google makes its analytics tracker less usefulRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Tim Altom
Search giant takes away something business owners have come to rely on.
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Economy rife with high-tech hustlersRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Tim Altom
Portability, versatility lead more people to work outside the security of a corporate office.
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ALTOM: WiFi vs. Ethernet pits reliability, convenienceRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Tim Altom
Neither method of Web access comes without some trade-offs; consider which ones you can live with.
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ALTOM: Cost dictates whether cloud is right for your businessRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Tim Altom
Sometimes it's more efficient to have on-premises software to serve your company's needs.
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ALTOM: Outfit your home office for maximum productivityRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Tim Altom
For many people, the complexities of working at home mean they need more than a desk and printer.
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ALTOM: Invasion of privacy is both positive and avoidable

August 10, 2013
Tim Altom
Take advantage of being watched, or put away your smart phone and pay with cash.
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ALTOM: Relax, your cell phone isn’t out to get you

July 27, 2013
Tim Altom
Don't believe the stories of danger and destruction. Cell phones in America aren't likely to explode in your ear.
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Multitasking, if it exists, is not productiveRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Tim Altom
The truth is you can really only do one thing at a time effectively, but sometimes multiple technologies can be focused on a single task.
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ALTOM: Don’t overlook these simple but important tech toolsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Tim Altom
You need some old-school devices to keep your tech equipment humming.
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ALTOM: Safeguarding data isn't a perfect processRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Tim Altom
The risk of a breach is inherent in almost any security approach, but there are steps you can take to diminish risk.
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ALTOM: Get rid of hidden stuff in the Microsoft suiteRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Tim Altom
The documents you share might harbor information you don't want the recipients to see.
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ALTOM: When it comes to big purchases, don’t follow the crowdRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Tim Altom
The most popular tech product isn't necessarily the one that is best for your business.
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ALTOM: The closing words in most emails aren't worth the troubleRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Tim Altom
Electronic communication isn't the same as a hand-written letter, so traditional sign-offs don't usually work.
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ALTOM: CIOs are hard to find, so mentor promising candidatesRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Tim Altom
A CIO has to blend business and technical skills in ways that aren’t taught to technicians.
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ALTOM: Google disregards consequences, kills another productRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Tim Altom
Years ago, the high-tech company that drove me closest to the edge of madness was Microsoft. That firm treated its customers as if they were lucky to have computers. But for sheer frustration, I think Google tops Microsoft.
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ALTOM: Hire a chief information officer before it's too lateRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Tim Altom
The position is meant to be more than a glorified tech support desk. It should be the office where infrastructure growth is planned and merged with the company’s overall goals.
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ALTOM: How safe is your storage on the cloud? Not veryRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Tim Altom
The cloud is what we call the storage areas we never see except in our browsers—that online, cyberspace world that holds our files and often our working applications.
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ALTOM: Technology takes (some) jobs but also creates themRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Tim Altom
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, the economy continues to grow, but it’s becoming obvious that unemployment isn’t going to nosedive the way it has after previous recessions.
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ALTOM: Firms must think carefully about policies on devicesRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Tim Altom
“BYOD” is tech-speak for “bring your own device,” and it refers to whether you want to allow employees to transact your business using their own laptops, notebooks or smartphones, or if you want to impose your own standards and supply what you think they should have so you keep control of the technology.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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