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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. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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