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The One Phone Call I Should Have Made Sooner

It was 2002, and we were sitting in the Pennsylvania Hotel across from Penn Station. I was 22. Across the table from me was the head of IT security for the FAA, and my boss, Tom Yon. We ordered soup. I’d made a million cold calls, and gotten this meeting....

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What Everyone is Doing Wrong with Technology

What Everyone is Doing Wrong with Technology: Don’t worry, even I’m guilty of some of these … 1.  You’re on your Phone or Tablet too much. Phones and tablets aren’t generally made for creating content, but rather for consuming. I consume content on my phone all the time, but I...

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My Biggest Failure

So This Is What Failure Feels Like: My boss had called me into his office.  I was responsible for selling software no one seemed to want.  On his desk was a piece of paper listing all the issues he had with my performance. Some of them were true, some of...

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5 Things Blackberry Can Do To Save Itself

  Every morning, I walk past a giant screen advertising Blackberry’s latest devices.  I have a Blackberry for work, and I am not interested at all in their devices, mostly because I’m already invested in an app eco-system – Android.  Which got me thinking – what could Blackberry do to...

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Keeping Up With News Using RSS and Live Bookmarks

Recently Amazon announced that customers who purchased music on CD from them over the past few years were going to be given access to MP3s of those albums for free. This was a huge announcement since I’ve spent thousands with Amazon on music since 1998 (when I got my first...

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What Should I Do When Setting Up My New Computer?

New Computer Set Up Process When people get a new computer, after plugging it, they often don’t know what to do next. Here are the steps I take. 1. Turn it on, go through whatever process is necessary to get to your desktop (or Windows 8 Home Screen). Install Windows Updates...

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Cojourneo Event – Meeting James and Jerry

    On Thursday night, I had the opportunity to attend a Cojourneo event hosted by James Altucher and Jerry Colonna.  I wasn’t familiar with Jerry, but it turns out that he was one of the founders of Geocities, and sold it to Yahoo for … a lot.  (Full disclosure: I...

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How To Convert Your Physical Media to Digital

In the 2nd article of our two part series on getting the most out of your media, we’ll discuss how to convert movie discs into digital files that can be watched on a variety of devices. First, we’ll need the following things: 1. A Computer with plenty of free hard...

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Why Google Needs $0.10 Apps

In recognition of reaching the milestone of 10 billion apps downloaded, Google has offered select apps for $0.10 over the next few days.  This is a great promotion, but Google has needed to do something like this for a long time. Here’s the reason why: Android does not build loyalty...

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Why You Need to Stop Using Windows XP

  Before 2000, Windows was not great. It had it’s good points, but there wasn’t anything worth writing home about.  Windows XP was first the consumer focused operating system  built on the Windows NT kernel, generally agreed upon to be more stable and memory efficient than Windows 95/98/98SE/ME.  Over time,...

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My Favorite Thing about Apple

Bet you never thought you’d see me say I like something Apple related!  I’ll say it so everyone hears it – I love iTunes!  Not for it’s music management abilities (although those are very good, in some ways), but rather, the feature of iTunes called “Airplay”. What is it? Your...

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How To Communicate With Young People

  When I was younger, my parents would often suggest that I write a letter to my grandparents.  At the time, it kind of seemed like an odd thing to do, but getting a letter in the mail was (and still is) a great feeling – but I couldn’t tell...

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How to Prevent Facebook Viruses (and Remove Them!)

You sign into Facebook, and are confronted with something new on your wall.  It’s begging to be clicked on.  It promises you something funny, something revealing about someone else, or information about your profile you’d love to know. So – do you click on it? How could you pass that...

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5 Reasons You Should Be on Twitter

I talk about twitter a fair bit, and I notice people have one of 3 reactions.  They either say “I didn’t know you were on Twitter! I’ll follow you! What’s your twitter name?”, or they give me a vague, blank look as if to say “I already have Facebook, why...

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Why App Buying is Broken

Yesterday, a friend emailed me to ask if he should get an iPad or a Motorola XOOM.  He wanted my honest opinion, and so I told him what the deciding factor needed to be – did he own already own apps for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, or Android apps? Although the devices...

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My Top 5 Favorite Things About Android

I’m a proud Android user. Whether you want to debate about how great it is or how iOS is better (or even Windows Phone 7), there are some things about Android that are just amazing. Here they are. 1. Voice Actions  – Trying to navigate the menu of a phone...

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Why my next car will be a Ford

  Ever felt unsafe while driving and controlling your phone, MP3 player, or other device? Ever wish you could easily talk to your car, which could talk to your device, and have it accomplish the task for you? Well, that could never happen.    

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Should You Buy a MAC?

A couple of years ago, a guy from work approached me. “Hey, good news!” he said. “I’m getting a Macbook this weekend!” I asked why. “I want to go online, and I’m tired of the anti-virus software trying to get me to pay. I want a Mac so I don’t...

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Connecting a computer to the TV – and why

This subject is one that’s absolutely amazing, once you take the plunge. Sure, it’s kind of strange having a computer in the living room. Sure, you have to find somewhere to hide it, or make it look like part of the furniture. But the amount of things it opens up...

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How to Pick Your Next Mobile Phone

This is a great question I get all the time. I’m going to break this down into categories as much as possible. First, ask yourself – what do I want my mobile phone to do? Do I want to email from it? Sync with Outlook or Microsoft Exchange? Send instant...

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Printing on both sides

This has irked me for years. Why waste half a piece of paper when printing? Duplex printers address this issue well – they print a page out, then suck it back into print on the other side. But what if you don’t have a printer that supports automatic duplexing? Printers...

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