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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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YouTube isn't the only place to watch, share videosRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Jim Cota
Try out Vimeo (www.vimeo. com) and blip.tv as alternatives to YouTube.
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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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'The Big Picture' offers stunning array of photosRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Jim Cota
Sometimes only a picture will do.
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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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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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