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ALTOM: Exploring the Wild West of bookmark syncing servicesRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Tim Altom
There are five major browsers out there, all free, and all slightly different in how they operate. All store your Web bookmarks in different places that aren’t generally available to foreign browsers.
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ALTOM: Few appreciate the power of Microsoft OfficeRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Tim Altom
I can think of few products that I’ve cursed more soundly over the years than Microsoft’s Office applications. But I’m also hard-pressed to think of more versatile and powerful tools. Talk about love-hate.
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ALTOM: You think you have problems? It could be worseRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Tim Altom
Another year has gone by, which means it’s time for my annual gift to you: examples of bumbling, hacking and physical disaster to make you feel much better about whatever technology snafu might have you disgruntled during Yuletide.
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ALTOM: What's with the modern-art bar codes?Restricted Content

December 3, 2011
Tim Altom
The mysterious little squares are actually “QR” codes, for “quick response.”
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ALTOM: Laptops evolve to include ports of all sortsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Tim Altom
If you’ve purchased a laptop lately, you may have noticed it has a few new things in it, most visibly ports that now come in a rather bewildering variety of types and purposes.
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ALTOM: Remember, what's new isn't always what's bestRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Tim Altom
I’m a technological curmudgeon and proud of it.
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ALTOM: Examining the pros and cons of GrouponRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Tim Altom
Even Groupon’s proponents sing its praises only warily, and its critics can be scathing in their condemnations. Yet, Groupon continues to grow.
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ALTOM: Use savvy searching to track Web presenceRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Tim Altom
While finding your name has a certain egotistical appeal, the real value of looking yourself up on social media sites is to find out what people are saying about you and your company.
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ALTOM: Business consumer loses when Google, Apple fightRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Tim Altom
Even complementary companies can trip over each other in today’s high-tech market, and cause problems for the business users who depend on them.
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ALTOM: Is your company's website worth the money, effort?Restricted Content

September 10, 2011
Tim Altom
Too many websites for small and medium-size businesses that don’t sell online are a waste of time and money.
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ALTOM: Stashing your assets? Find out which safe is bestRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Tim Altom
It turns out that safe sales have blossomed recently, because investors fleeing the thrashing stock market are now often sitting on gold, jewelry and even cash.
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ALTOM: Most phone hacking is a low-tech, fast-talking scamRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Tim Altom
Given the events of the past couple of months with News of the World and Rupert Murdock, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about phone hacking.
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ALTOM: Ready to toss your old cell phone? Think againRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Tim Altom
Today, the typical cell phone has the productive life of a cockroach: about 18 to 24 months. It’s not that the phones stop working.
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ALTOM: Podcasts still have a place in cyberspaceRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Tim Altom
A few years ago, podcasts were all the rage on the Web. It seemed like every site had a podcast, and often more than one. Podcasts threatened to replace e-mailed newsletters.
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ALTOM: Smartphone makers rarely flip 'kill switch'Restricted Content

July 2, 2011
Tim Altom
When you bought your new smartphone, did the dealer tell you it had a remote “kill switch” that could summarily wipe out apps you’d downloaded to it? Probably not.
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ALTOM: Don't sweat the cancer risk of cell phonesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Tim Altom
The evidence strongly shows that, for the business user, cell phones are the least of our worries, unless we’re in the habit of answering them in dense traffic.
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ALTOM: Will WiFI remote revolution help business?Restricted Content

June 4, 2011
Tim Altom
Google is already staking out its territory by writing Google @Home, an ambitious attempt to make Android into a one-place home remote-control station.
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ALTOM: Time digging into Excel 'goodies' will pay off

May 21, 2011
Tim Altom
To me, when it comes to business power, it’s hard to find more of it in one relatively cheap package than Excel.
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ALTOM: Is unwanted software loading on your machine?

May 7, 2011
Tim Altom
One of the biggest drawbacks to the march of technology is how often it lets others dictate how you use your own devices.
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ALTOM: The New York Times reinvents the 'paywall'

April 23, 2011
Tim Altom
The New York Times has decided to once again huddle behind a “paywall,” a decision that’s galvanized the Web world. But this paywall is different from ones the paper has tried in the past.
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ALTOM: Maybe laptops should come with safety warnings

April 9, 2011
Tim Altom
My laptop has been my willing companion when putting numbers through the centrifuge or springboarding me out into cyberspace.
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ALTOM: Business analysts pack more punch than they used to

March 26, 2011
Tim Altom
The numbers are astounding, even after all these years. A full quarter of all IT projects are canceled before they’re done.
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ALTOM: Supermarkets simplify life for grocers, not customers

March 12, 2011
Tim Altom
I have a fetish for efficiency. It pains me to watch people doing things two, three or more times when they should be doing it only once.
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ALTOM: Are iPods in the workplace music to an employer's ears?

February 26, 2011
Tim Altom
It’s rare to visit a workplace nowadays without seeing at least a few employees with tiny little earbuds trailing thread-sized wires down to a music player the size of an infant’s thumb.
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ALTOM: High-tech crime sometimes does pay

February 12, 2011
Tim Altom
Credit cards and ATMs are rapidly becoming lucrative targets of hackers.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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