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  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 26: Too Much Cloud Can Be a Bad Thing

    On Day 25 of the 30 Days with the Cloud series, I spelled out why I believe that cloud-based data storage and syncing is becoming mandatory thanks to mobile devices and SSD drives. Today I’m going to put a caveat on there, though.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: From Mail crashes to HTML5 video failures

    It's bargain day at Bugs & Fixes. This week's column offers three separate items for the price of one.

  • Opinion: Should You Worry About Google Drive Privacy?

    The wording of the Google Drive terms of service has ruffled some feathers. However, the short answer to the question posed in the title of this article is "no". Allow me to explain.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Fixes Issues with Office for Mac 2011 SP2

    Microsoft originally released Service Pack 2 for Office for Mac 2011 over a week ago, but pulled the update when some users reported issues. Microsoft announced today that the Office for Mac 2011 SP2 update is available once again.

  • Opinion: What You Need to Know About Storing Your Content on Google Drive, Dropbox

    Before you choose to store your content in the cloud, you might want to peruse the terms of the service agreement you're forced to rubber stamp, as painful as that might be.

  • Opinion: New and Improved SkyDrive Is a Threat to Dropbox

    Microsoft is shaking things up with SkyDrive. The new features and capabilities move it out of the Microsoft-centric shadows and pit it more directly against Dropbox, and possibly the imminently rumored Google Drive. However, Microsoft also announced a change to SkyDrive that many won't appreciate.

  • Opinion: Should You Make Gmail the Default Mail Client in Google Chrome?

    Reader Bob recently started seeing an unexpected message in his Google Chrome Web browser: Should he allow Chrome to act as "the default Gmail client"?

  • Opinion: Leaked Office 15 Video Touts Cloud Features

    In a leaked promo video for Office 15, Microsoft seems eager to take on Google Docs and Apple's iCloud with its own online sync features.

  • Opinion: Five Free Programs Every Business Owner Should Use

    A couple weeks ago I offered tips on how to launch a business on the cheap. Today let's talk about running the business you already have. How can you keep costs low but efficiency high?

  • Opinion: Sign and Send Documents from Your Smartphone or PC

    See if this sounds familiar: Someone e-mails you a document, contract, or whatever that requires your signature. So you print it, sign it, then dust off the fax machine so you can send it back.

  • Opinion: Minimize Your Exposure to Email Spoofing

    Your mother calls you to ask why you keep emailing her about "enhancements," and your coworkers complain that you won't stop sending them ads. Does this sound like you?

  • Opinion: Vault Brings eDiscovery Tools to Google Apps

    Businesses generate and consume massive amounts of email and instant messaging communications. For many businesses, all of that data has to be preserved, and produced on demand in the event of litigation. Google has introduced Google Apps Vault--a new service for Google Apps for Business customers that promises streamlined data retention and e-discovery.

  • 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: 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: Can I Safely Open Suspected Spam?

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

  • 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: 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.



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