We all know the term “smartphone.” But what is the counterpart – a dumbphone? The site, whatis.techtarget.com, answers the question: “A dumbphone is a mobile telephone that, unlike a smartphone, has little-to-no computing or internet capacity.” Read more →
Have you tried the Self-Check line at the grocery store? One of my first experiences at the Self-Check line was buying a bottle of wine at Vons in Arcadia. I discovered, “You can’t do that because someone needs to check your ID.” Aha! So it’s not all automated. Still need for some human interaction.
In fact, when Amazon opened their “cashier-less grocery store” in Seattle, this January, the busiest spot in the store was the “back corner where a guy was stationed to check customers’ ID before they grabbed a bottle of Pinot Grigio or a six pack of beer (Amazon’s cashier-less Seattle grocery store).” Read more →
Rising in significance along the business landscape is the alignment of business and IT. Business technology is the ever-increasing reliance on information technology, by businesses of all types, to handle and optimize their business processes.
Gartner reports the result of a survey showing 42% of CEOs have begun digital business transformation. This has happened in large part due to an increased CEO understanding of digital business. What was speculative 5-10 years ago, has become a reality. Read more →
“Right when the catchphrase Big Data made it into the consciousness of many decision makers and boardrooms, Gartner and others have determined that things are essentially different when it comes to data projects. Big Data, Small Data, Little Data, Fast Data and Smart Data are all Just Data. The critical success factors for the use of data do not depend on its quantity, structure or speed. It’s about using data to create true added value.”
— Alexander Thamm, Alexander Thamm GmbH
Right up there with “fake news” as a current-event irritant, are “fake reviews.” No one appreciates being fooled with something fake, especially when decisions are hanging in the balance. So we appreciate the research of BrightLocal in publishing their annual Local Consumer Review Survey-2017.
Published since 2010, this year’s sample of consumers queried was 1,031 US-based consumers, who provided answers to 18 questions in October 2017. The report includes graphs which compare the result of 2017 with that of 2016 and 2015, offering a helpful view of how trends have changed over time.
Greatest benefit would be obtained, along the path to Five-Star reviews, by reading the original report. However, as the survey provides a helpful list of key findings, this review of the review will focus on some of those key findings, adding personal opinionated comments.
We assume three key factors for each reader: Read more →
Big Earl’s Debut
Actually, his name should be spelled, “URL” and pronounced “Earl.” Clever, isn’t it? Big Url made his debut with a TV ad in 2000. It was a hit. An idea whose time had come. Never mind that it has taken 17 years to make it realistic, the idea has always been reasonable to TV viewers.
A repairman shows up at an up-scale home. “I’m here to do maintenance on the fridge.” Mrs. Homemaker, with wide eyes, is sure he has the wrong house. “Honey, did you call for a refrigerator repairman?” She turns to the repairman and says, “There’s nothing wrong with our refrigerator.” To which the repairman poignantly replies, “Not yet.” Big smile. Big Url had made the call for maintenance but hadn’t mentioned it to the chief residents. Read more →
[Check out our initial article on Cloud Computing.]
Remind me. What is cloud computing?
Google provides a very nice definition: the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.
Briefly, it is the difference between data “out there,” rather than data “in here.” Which is what PCMag.com means when it says, “Cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive.” Read more →
An exclusive October 14 news article on NBCNews.com had the headline, CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia.” This quote centering on Vice President Joe Biden might lend credibility to the rather astonishing headline of cyberattacks:
Vice President Joe Biden told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on Friday that “we’re sending a message” to Putin and that “it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.”
Former senior U.S. intelligence official, Sean Kanuck, noted after the spate of Russian backed leaks, that “not mounting a response would carry a cost. If you publicly accuse someone, and don’t follow it up with a responsive action, that may weaken the credible threat of your response capability.” Read more →
Lately, the news depicts a lot about Ransomware attacks. You can read here, here, here, and here. These attacks are not decreasing but increasing both in frequency and clout. Bigger monetary demands are next up. And there is no reasonable solution that will release your hostaged files other than paying the ransom. Except BDR.
The one exception to the demand of Ransomware is an equally robust backup business continuity plan – BDR. We’re not talking a home-made back up which will take you days to restore. The amount of business you lose while you are in process of restoring will likely be much more than the ransom demand itself. In fact, those who regularly fight the Ransomware Internet pest have actually advised their clients at times to pay the ransom to avoid the extensive loss of being off-line as a business. Read more →
To paraphrase the poet, “O the simple joy of reading tech articles.” You will find in tech articles the delight of understatement and the amazement of scant humility. Take, for example, this headline: “New discoveries suggest the universe might not be what we thought.” What a nugget! I want to reply, “Really?! And what did you think?” But I refrain.
Put simply, they have discovered a pear-shaped atom. Previously, it was thought that only soccer-ball-shaped (spherical), football-shaped (ellipsoid) and discus-shaped (circular, but more like a red blood cell) atoms existed. Which is really quite enough diversity to satisfy most of us. But now there is this new pear-shaped atom for which there is no sport analogy. Unless you wish to suggest the punching bag. But I digress. Read more →