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WEB REVIEW: Site helps ifttt you need to manage platforms

October 1, 2011
Jim Cota

In geek-speak, it’s called an Application Program Interface, but you can think of it as magical inter-connected goodness that might save you some time.

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WEB REVIEW: Lessons all leaders should learn from Steve Jobs

September 3, 2011
Jim Cota
The announcement from Apple CEO Steve Jobs that he’ll step down from his post is not altogether unexpected, but it does mark the end of an era.
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WEB REVIEW: Music site tries to crack U.S. with alleged exclusivity

July 28, 2011
Jim Cota
Taking advantage of our basic desire to be part of the insider crowd, Spotify has launched here on an "invitation-only" basis.
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WEB REVIEW: Searching, for free, for the next great song

July 2, 2011
Jim Cota
NoiseTrade helps you discover, download and keep songs...in exchange for your e-mail address and ZIP code.
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WEB REVIEW: Micro-managing your loans online

June 4, 2011
Jim Cota
Recently, the concept of microlending has undergone a bit of a transformation.
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WEB REVIEW: In often-frivolous app world, these can save lives

April 30, 2011
Jim Cota
Dad isn’t just recording workout data or accessing records that already exist, he’s creating his own diagnostic information.
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SURF THIS: Shoe story inspires at South by Southwest Conference

April 2, 2011
Jim Cota

Having experienced this lollapalooza of information overload, I now realize the real draw of SXSW is the convergence of the people.

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WEB REVIEW: A succinct, smart newsletter emerges from e-clutter

March 5, 2011
Jim Cota

Of all the e-mail newsletters I receive, IndySpectator is one I take the time to read.

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WEB REVIEW: Online help for escaping dinner rut and menu freeze

February 5, 2011
Jim Cota
Probably the most interesting online grocery service in Indianapolis is Green B.E.A.N Delivery.
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WEB REVIEW: Padding out the functions on your new iPad

January 1, 2011
Jim Cota
Judging by the action at the local Apple store, I think it's safe to assume that many of you rang in 2011 with a new iPad. Here are some things to do with it.
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WEB REVIEW: Even more ways to find facts at your fingertips

December 4, 2010
Jim Cota
There is little wonderment left— nearly any answer to any question is readily available.
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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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WEB REVIEW: Two sites meet demands of meeting planners

August 6, 2010
Jim Cota
E-mail is a great communication tool. But sometimes, it simply falls flat on its face.<
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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: Two sites meet demands of meeting planners

July 3, 2010
Jim Cota
E-mail is a great communication tool. But sometimes, it simply falls flat on its face. TimeBridge and Tungle help users get down to business.
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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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WEB REVIEW: Save the long words for Scrabble

May 1, 2010
Jim Cota
The golden rule should be to communicate clearly.
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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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  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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