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  • Opinion: Digital Signatures Let You Ditch That Old Fax Machine

    Even when faxes were in widespread use, dropped calls and shaky transmissions made them an ineffective means of communication. In the 21st century, you generally don't need a fax machine in the office unless your industry demands it.

  • Opinion: 10 New Open Source Projects You May Not Know About

    With so many open source software projects under way at any given moment, it can be difficult to keep tabs on all that's going on.

  • Opinion: Thunderbird Tip: Make E-Mail Replies Start at the Top

    Last week I mentioned that I've been evaluating Mozilla Thunderbird as a potential replacement for Microsoft Outlook, which I currently use for e-mail (among other things).

  • Opinion: Why Does the Letter 'J' Keep Appearing in My E-Mail Messages?

    Have you noticed the strange, inexplicable, seemingly random appearance of the letter J in some e-mail messages? Usually it crops up at the end of sentences, though sometimes it lands smack in the middle of them.

  • Opinion: Sharp's Huge Whiteboard Carries Executive Price Tag

    Sharp debuted interactive touchscreen displays at CES in Las Vegas that are built to make Web meetings more interactive. The 60-, 70-, and 80-inch panels replace the ubiquitous whiteboard with Sharp's proprietary AQUOS LCD display built for Web and in-person meetings by integrating with video conferencing and technologies like WebEx, GoToMeeting, and Skype.

  • Opinion: Make Thunderbird Mark Messages as Read After You Reply

    One of my resolutions for 2012 is to break free of Microsoft Outlook. My dislike of that program knows no bounds, yet I've been stuck with it for years. Now I'm shopping for replacements.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 21: My Data Might Be Safer in the Cloud

    Yesterday I talked about my concerns about the security of my data if I store it in the cloud. It seems like an awful lot of faith to put in a third-party to expect it to protect my data. However, there is a flip side to that coin that suggests that maybe my data is better off in their hands than mine.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 20: What About Security?

    30 Days With the Cloud: Day 20

  • Opinion: Work Smarter in Office

    These three Office fixes--one each for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint--are all ones that you should know about.

  • Opinion: Religious Americans are Just as Geeky

    The theory that gadgets and God are mutually exclusive has been shot down by a new study released by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.

  • Opinion: GoDaddy Drops Support for SOPA, Avoids Backlash, Boycott

    Domain registrar GoDaddy has pulled its support for the controversial Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) after several high-profile clients threaten to leave the company. GoDaddy announced the about face on the controversial bill in a press release sent out on Friday.

  • Opinion: Three Important Ways Windows 8 Provides Password Protection

    More than ever, passwords are a part of our lives, the key to our digital identity. On average, each of us has 25 online accounts, and that is beyond the internal systems you also need to authenticate to in your business. You should have unique, complex passwords for each system, but who can remember all of that? Windows 8 will include features that make it easier to manage your digital identity so your business's data stays safe.

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ Poses a Threat Despite Good Intentions

    Carrier IQ isn't the bad guy. The mobile device and network diagnostic firm issued a detailed report earlier this week explaining what its software does and how the data is used. However, benign intent doesn't change the fact that the Carrier IQ software infringes on privacy and exposes personal data to unnecessary risk.

  • Opinion: Send Video Business Cards with the Eyejot Video Mail App

    Business cards are so 20th-century. (They might even date back to the 19th; I'll have to check.) Think about it: someone hands you a business card and it ends up stuffed in your pocket, crumpled, forgotten.

  • Opinion: Track Business Receipts with Shoeboxed for Android, iPhone

    Business receipts are a sad fact of life, like taxes and Justin Bieber. Shoeboxed helps you capture, organize, and file your receipts, and does so through the magic of apps, photography, and real-life humans.

  • Opinion: 7 Ways to Protect Your Business Printers

    Can a hacker burn down your business by remotely setting one of your printers on fire? Researchers at Columbia University have recently proposed such a scenario, although HP quickly denied that it's possible. However, even if your printers can't be used as remote firestarters, there are many risks involved in networking a printer.

  • Opinion: Will You Check Your Work Email on Thanksgiving?

    Tis the season for family gatherings, holiday cheer...and work? A survey from Xobni finds that nearly 70 percent of Americans will make some time between watching the Detroit Lions and eating turkey this Thursday to check their work email.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 10: Storing Data in the Cloud

    Aside from email, one of the most known and widely used “cloud” services is data storage. As I continue my 30 Days With the Cloud journey, I have a wide choice of online storage options to choose from. Today I will take a look at some of them, and some of the pros and cons of using cloud storage at all.

  • Opinion: Add a Tabbed E-Mail View to Microsoft Outlook

    If you've lamented the lack of tabs in Microsoft Outlook, lament no more. Now you can give the program the one feature Microsoft seems determined to keep out.

  • Opinion: Speedy Firefox 9 Beta Versions Take Their Place in Line

    Hard on the heels of the release earlier this week of Firefox 8, Mozilla on Thursday released the beta versions of the next Firefox in line.



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