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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. 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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