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  • Opinion: How to Start a New Business on the Cheap, Part 2

    Earlier this week I gave you three keys to starting a business on a tiny budget. That first post focused on planning, fundraising, and office space. Now let's look at the second half of the equation: marketing the new venture and operating it on the cheap.

  • Opinion: Manage Your Social Networking From One Spot, Cut Down on Email

    Social networks are great, except when you need to make a change to one of your settings--then it's a veritable click-fest of wading through menus in search of just the right option. Hassle city. Last week I gave you some tips for managing Facebook photos; this week I'll tell you about a couple of great services that work with several different social networks.

  • Opinion: Researchers Develop a Vibrating Steering Wheel to Replace Your GPS

    When you're feel your steering wheel vibrate, It's usually because you are experiencing some frightening wheel-wobble in a real car or you are getting your money's worth from that force-feedback wheel you bought for Gran Turismo.

  • Opinion: Cut Down Your Social-Network Notification E-Mails

    Just the other day, Mrs. Hassle-Free PC was bemoaning the flood of notification e-mails she gets from Facebook. "Every time someone mentions me or shares a photo of me, I hear about it in my inbox!"

  • Opinion: Create and Share Gorgeous Digital Business Cards with InstaCards

    I think business cards as we know them are destined for museums. They'll be encased in glass alongside such business relics as fax machines and PalmPilots.

  • Opinion: The Geek Dream Car: Project Detroit Brings Windows 8 and Kinect to a Mustang

    What do you get when you cross a retro Ford Mustang with the finest of new technology, such as Microsoft Kinect and a variety of other Windows services? A dream car that can't possibly exist. Fortunately, it is very much real, thanks to West Coast Customs.

  • Opinion: Can I Safely Open Suspected Spam?

    C. Corder asked if it's safe to open an email that landed in the spam folder.

  • Opinion: Cloud Computing Calls for Rebuilding Enterprise IT

    For all of the buzz about cloud computing, there remains confusion about its real implications for an IT organization. CIO.com's Bernard Golden argues that to take full advantage of the cost savings and efficiency improvements of the cloud, CIOs have to rethink their approach to IT.

  • Opinion: Google Docs Gets Better at Spell-Check

    Bad spelling reflects badly on you. Doesn't matter if it appears in a product brief or a presentation; if you write "it's" when you should have used "its" or accidentally type "loose" in place of "lose," you're going to come off looking, well, not too bright.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 25: The Cloud Is Becoming Mandatory

    30 Days With the Cloud: Day 25

  • Opinion: Groupon Offers Free Scheduler for Small Businesses

    Managing appointments, cancellations, and no-shows can be tough for a very small business to manage. Groupon is offering a free scheduling tool that you can easily add to your website. Groupon Scheduler has been running for a few months as a perk for merchants running a Groupon deal, and it's now available to any small business in the United States and Canada excluding Quebec.

  • Opinion: Social Collaboration and the Asynchronous Workplace

    Whether your company is a small shop of just a few intensely hard-working pros or a large venture with hundreds of workers, good communication is critical to your success. And by "good communication," I mean communication that works. With the right collaboration tools and a little operational discipline, you can overcome any communications challenge and get your teams in sync.

  • Opinion: International Travel and Your Laptop

    Shanta Hasan asked me for advice about traveling internationally with a laptop.

  • Opinion: Track Billable Hours (On the Cheap) With TogglDesktop

    Tracking time spent and billable hours doesn't have to be difficult, even if you work for multiple clients and not all of your working time is spent in front of a computer. Toggl (free; $5/month plan offers more features)) is a Web-based time tracking system with a downloadable client for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux as well as mobile applications for Android and iOS.

  • Opinion: We Saw Where You Went: App Traces Workers' Steps Abroad

    Apparently the news that people don't like having their whereabouts known, tracked, and compiled hasn't reached all corners. Over the past year, Google and Apple have come under governmental scrutiny for collecting users' location information, and the topic was hot last weekend at the South By Southwest confab in Austin, Texas.

  • Opinion: Why CFOs and Cloud Computing Have a Love-Hate Relationship

    Cloud computing offers a value proposition that can be both appealing and unsettling to the CFO. However, CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden explains why freeing up capital investment should more than make up for the uncertainty of variable monthly pricing.

  • Opinion: Hot Apps and Web Services of SXSW

    Here at SXSW this week I've spotted plenty of buzz-about products and tech, but when it comes to apps and Web services five firms stand out. Offerings from Sonar, Vox.io, Personal, Correlate and BrandYourself.com each impressed me for having just the right mix of relevance and usefulness in my life and offered an innovative approach at solving everyday problems of tech professionals.

  • Opinion: Database System GS-Base Is Easy as a Spreadsheet--And the Price is a Steal

    At $20, GS-Base 9 is very inexpensive and requires virtually no prior database knowledge to use. Furthermore, it uses a number of metaphors and options which should be very familiar to those comfortable with spreadsheets, a fact that makes it useful to a large set of business users who rarely venture away from Excel. Indeed, it shares many of the functions and syntax found in Citadel's inexpensive, but functional, GS-Calc spreadsheet program.

  • Opinion: How to use Boot Camp with Lion

    Many people switching from Windows PCs to the Mac worry that they must leave the Windows world--and the files they've created in it--completely behind. And for those who need to run application not found on the Mac or who just can't bear doing without a favorite Windows-only game or two, this is a legitimate concern. Thankfully, you can have the best of both worlds as today's Macs can run Windows natively using Apple's Boot Camp technology. This technology creates a separate partition on your Intel Mac's hard drive where you can then install a copy of Microsoft Windows. In order to use Boot Camp, you must restart your Mac from this partition. When you do, Windows runs almost exactly as it would on a PC.

  • Opinion: Linux Certificate Program Targets Newcomers to the OS

    Linux skills are in growing demand in today's IT hiring landscape, and there are many ways to bolster those skills both online and off.



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