I never thought of online business networking site LinkedIn as having an ethical dilemma attached to it, until one day when I received an invitation from a client to connect to him.
In a previous issue of IBJ, another columnist wrote that technology can raise the productivity of toilet cleaners. It wasn’t a central part of his argument, but as you might imagine, it caught my eye. I couldn’t resist looking into bathroom technology.
Few pieces of business technology can lay claim to saving lives. One gadget can, but odds are you don’t have one. It’s called an “automated external defibrillator,” or AED.
To me, the most versatile piece of equipment in an office isn’t the computer. It’s the paper clip.
It’s time to change my cell phone, and that’s causing me a big problem. I have conflicting needs, and like everybody
else in the business world, I can’t seem to reconcile them.
Years ago, when technology was just starting to classify and count all of us, we worried we’d become merely numbers.
Now we may not even be readable numbers, but just ink on a bar code. And that’s a good thing, as it turns out.
Cable giant Comcast has fanned a typical smoldering Internet grumble-fest into a major screaming match, complete with a lawsuit
and cries for federal intervention. The outcome may affect how much it costs you and me to do business across the ’Net.
When Google users stumbled on a surprise gift from the giant search company, it was inevitable that in business offices
everywhere, the long-forgotten sounds of Pac-Man would come to life again.
It started as a dispute over towing a car, and it’s now a cause célèbre, thanks to Facebook.
Around the world, tens of millions
of computers are infected with sly viruses that invisibly take over a machine, letting it continue working but redirecting
part of its time to doing nefarious things, like storing ill-gotten data or sending out spam ads for improbable enlargements
of body parts.
You know you should back up your data for redundancy. But you can’t back up an entire airline industry. That’s
a lesson we learned recently when a volcano with the cat-crossing-the-keyboard name of “Eyjafjallajökull”
exhaled tons of volcanic dust into the clear skies over Europe and brought aviation worldwide almost to a literal grinding
The idea behind the green office is to have a slightly smaller damaging
effect on the environment in general. That sounds great, but I never forget that you can’t make ripples in only one part of a pond.
The “cloud” is a relatively recent word to describe the Internet, but it has a rather specific connotation. It
refers to the Internet’s ability to take individual objects and break them into pieces so they can be stored and retrieved
without your knowing exactly where they’ve been.
As much as I love and happily use technology, I come from a different age and time when, as they say, life was simpler. I
have students who are aghast that I’d rather use a folded paper map to get around town than a GPS and Google Maps in
a smart phone.
BusinessWeek (www.businessweek.com) has a recent story about a growing $1.8 million enterprise that’s doing
just fine without the Internet, Web site, texting, customer-resource-management software, a fax machine or a single computer.
In fact, the company doesn’t even have electricity.