What We’re Thinking

We’re passionate about technology, and we want to share that with you! Read our thoughts on technology, the latest security threats and business trends along with our ideas for ways you can incorporate new and future technologies into your life and business.

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Business Intelligence for Everyone!

 |   |  Business & Strategy

By leveraging simple business intelligence (BI) tools, we can retain better control over our data. People often think of the technology and cost as barriers to Business Intelligence, but many BI tools are now attractively priced for the small to midsized businesses.

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The Intercom Problem

 |   |  Technology

Basically, the Two General’s problem demonstrates how it’s impossible to guarantee that you can coordinate an activity by communicating via an unreliable connection. However, by accepting some level of risk that messages won’t get through you can engineer a solution that mitigates problems and is good enough in most situations.

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My Experiment with the Surface Pro 3

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When I am in my home office or ADNET office, I rely heavily on my “mobile work station” laptop with its full size keyboard, 16” screen and a second monitor. However, the concept of having a lighter device to carry around was intriguing, so I agreed to take a shot at the Surface.

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Smart Watches: Productive or Not

 |   |  Business & Strategy

I wonder, am I better served by training myself to leave that smartphone in the purse or even the car while giving my full attention to another person? Will having my wrist vibrate be even more distracting than the smartphone? I’m torn. It’s a common question nowadays: how connected is too connected?

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Why Email Breaches Are a Big Deal

 |   |  Security

As we’ve been discussing this issue, some people have asked “Why is this such a big deal? So what if your email address gets out there?” Why? It comes down to two things.

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A Strong Foundation

 |   |  Technology

Many organizations spend a great deal of money on their servers, applications and workstations without reviewing the foundation that holds everything together.

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Beyond the Bare Minimum Backup Strategy

 |   |  Technology

Have you ever considered backing up some of the other components on your network such as phone systems, network appliances, firewalls and routers? Each one of these devices can be just as critical to your business as your data.

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How Fast is Fast?

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​It used to be that I could install a server OS, get it patched, and get it connected to a client’s network in about 4 hours on a good day. That was pretty quick. But if I can’t get it done today in 2 hours, I’ve been slacking.

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