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WEB REVIEW: With Groupon and its ilk, daily deals drive demand

October 30, 2010
Jim Cota
All of these work on the same basic premise: Make an offer to customers that is at or better than 50-percent off, use the power of the deal and their social networks to spread the word, and wait for the sales to roll in.
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WEB REVIEW: Out of kid party ideas? How to skip Chuck E. Cheese

October 2, 2010
Jim Cota
BirthdayPartyIdeas.com is full of ideas for parties of all kinds, for all ages.
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WEB REVIEW: Find your address book perplexing? Consider Plaxo

September 4, 2010
Jim Cota
At heart, Plaxo is a manager for your address book (or Rolodex if you happen to be of a certain generation).
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SURF THIS: Start benefiting from a social media platform

July 31, 2010
Jim Cota
Seems like almost every day a new social media platform is born. If you added them all up, you would easily be in the hundreds. Obviously, all of them are too much for all of us to pay much attention to, but there are a few you should not only know about, but participate in.
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SURF THIS: Web Research 101 ... going beyond Wikipedia

June 5, 2010
Jim Cota
Wikipedia remains the de facto standard for research, having an archive containing more than 15 million articles. But if you need to go beyond the basic facts, there are a variety of places to turn.
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SURF THIS: Foursquare attempts to corner walk-in business market

April 3, 2010
Jim Cota
Why would you want to check in at various locations on your smart phone?
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SURF THIS: Think your family is awkward? Check this out.

February 27, 2010
Jim Cota
Sharing this guilty pleasure makes me feel a little … well, grimy.
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SURF THIS: Steve Jobs' new pad keeps i on the prize

January 30, 2010
Jim Cota
The latest from Apple could change the face of publishing.
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COTA: Getting things done is more than just a resolution

January 2, 2010
Jim Cota
When the work seems to pile up, OmniFocus and Things can help productivity.
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COTA: Get out of town ... but click first

December 5, 2009
Jim Cota
There's a lot more than Travelocity when it comes to booking travel online.
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SURF THIS: Footnoting life: New programs augment reality

October 31, 2009
Jim Cota
Augmented reality is, essentially, the melding of our physical world with digital information.
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COTA: For cool toys to covet, Playgrounder's the thing

October 3, 2009
Jim Cota
Just keep repeating to yourself: Stuff won't make me happy...stuff won't make me happy...
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COTA: File sharer Drop.io is as an Internet team player

September 5, 2009
Jim Cota
Need your entire team—no matter where they are—to be working together? Here's a site that will help.
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SURF THIS: Been avoiding Twitter? Time to reconsider

August 3, 2009
Jim Cota
"Do you tweet?" The answer for you (and your business) needs to be, “Yes, I do.”
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SURF THIS: Let's just back up ... with a Drobo

July 6, 2009
Jim Cota
Hard drives fail—almost all of them, at one point or another. Back-ups are a little clunky to set up and keep up with, so most people I know ignore it. I finally decided I couldn’t avoid it any longer.
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Stitcher is more than just Pandora for news junkiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Jim Cota
Stitcher bills itself as "a leading mobile audio company that provides a revolutionary media service which allows audio content to be easily aggregated, organized and shared on mobile devices." It's sort of like DVR for radio.
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Swine of the times: An epidemic like no otherRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Jim Cota
Why discuss the swine flu in a Web column? Well, with information regarding the current situation changing on a daily, even hourly, basis, the Centers for Disease Control is working hard to keep people informed, including "broadcasting" updates via Twitter.
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Fools log in: Google leads the pack in April gagsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Jim Cota

Every year, as the first of April rolls around, there are people—and companies—everywhere scheming to take advantage of the gullible.

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When you've got to get gear, open up UncrateRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Jim Cota
Billing itself as "a Web magazine for guys who love stuff," Uncrate posts daily updates about the best guy stuff found across the Internet and around the globe.
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The best Web review of the year ... well, maybe notRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Jim Cota
If you stopped me on the street and asked what I think about "The Most Memorable Moments of 2008," I'd likely respond that I'm not interested. But I see these lists and can't help but read them, and I often find them compelling. So with little fanfare and not much forethought, I humbly offer a list of my own.
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Fitbrains.com offers games to keep your memory sharpRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Jim Cota
Vivity Labs has developed a Web site called Fit Brains (www.fitbrains.com), which features engaging games and activities that exercise the five key cognitive areas of the brain: memory, language, concentration, executive functions, and visual and spatial skills.
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