The “Great Resignation” is killing many small businesses. I see it every day here in Asheville, NC. This tourist town’s many great restaurants can’t keep their doors open because they literally can’t get enough staff to cook the food or serve the cu…Read More How to keep your workers (so you don’t have to replace them)
Sometimes, Microsoft has no choice but to upgrade Windows. Windows Millennium Edition, aka Windows Me, was awful. Its successor, Windows XP, was much better.XP’s replacement, Vista, was lousy. Microsoft made us forget about Vista with Windows 7, whi…Read More Windows 11: Microsoft’s pointless update
OK, I get it. Facebook is insanely popular. With it closing in on 3 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) users, no one can ignore Facebook. But do you really want to base your business’s advertising and outreach on Facebook alone? I think not.First, as…Read More Don’t put all your eggs in one Facebook basket
Many business owners insist that their workers will return to the office soon. Think again. Mega-commercial real estate broker Cushman & Wakefield admits, “No one is expecting workers to come into the office to primarily answer emails—that and a…Read More Why return to the office if you’re just Zooming all day anyway?
Hewlett Packard (HP) wants you to know that while you pay more up front when you buy genuine new HP ink cartridges, you’ll “actually save you money in the long run.” Yeah, right. I’ve been hearing that siren song from printer vendors since the 1980s…Read More The case of the insecure printer
It wasn’t so long ago that Uber started a revolution in work: managing workers—or is it freelancers?—via an algorithm-driven app. The gig economy was born. Its promise was to save consumers money and enable anyone with a car to earn quick, easy cash…Read More My boss, the algorithm
It will be one thing, say, later this year or in 2022, to buy a new PC with Windows 11. We can be reasonably certain that Windows 11 will run on your new Dell, HP, or Lenovo PC. Maybe some of your drivers and programs won’t run, but Windows 11 itsel…Read More Windows 11: Just say no
When President Joe Biden issued an executive order for a vaccine mandate for all federal workers and contractors—and a requirement that all businesses with 100 or more workers either mandate vaccines or regular testing for employees—I was all in fav…Read More Don’t fight the COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Last week, when I wrote about the “Great Resignation,” I knew things were already bad. I mean, Gallup analysts reported almost half of America’s workers were looking for new jobs. I thought most of them were in lower-end jobs. I was wrong.According …Read More How to keep your employees from joining the ‘Great Resignation’
Well, that was different.Last night on my way home from a rare “In Real Life” meeting, I stopped at a McDonald’s to grab a quick Quarter Pounder. The manager got on the loudspeaker and told me they were already closed… at 7 p.m. It turns out his hea…Read More What’s going on with the ‘Great Resignation’?
I recently wrote about using passwords correctly, and a reader replied: “I’ve been getting told this for years, but who’s ever going to attack my 12-employee business?”This isn’t the first time I’ve heard remarks like that. The answer is: “Who won’t…Read More No matter the size of your business, you must take security seriously.
Chances are you’ve never heard of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-63, Appendix A. But you’ve been using its contents from your first online account and password until today. That’s because, within it…Read More Getting passwords right for you and your business
After months of waiting, if you’re an adult in the United States and you want a COVID-19 vaccine, you can have one. Thank God. I drove more than an hour each way to get my two Pfizer shots. Soon, I’ll safely see my friends and relatives again. And, …Read More Can you require your employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine?
I’m old enough to remember when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was some guy who had this crazy dream of making money by selling books online. Sure, some people would ask, “Who’d shop online when you can always get a book from Borders, Crown Bookstores, or Wa…Read More Will you be heading back to the office? Should you?
I’ve been saying for ages now that Google’s Chrome OS would become Microsoft’s Windows top competitor. I had the timing wrong, but my prediction that “most of us will be moving to cloud-oriented operating systems” is finally coming true. According to I…Read More Forget macOS — it’s Chrome OS vs. Windows for desktop domination
As the months and years go by, Microsoft keeps steadily moving away from its old model of PC operating systems, which started with buying Seattle Computing Products’ 86-DOS, aka Quick and Dirty DOS in July 1981 and renaming it MS-DOS 1.10, toward Desk…Read More Back to the future: Microsoft moves to push Windows 10 users to the cloud
The future of work is here, and for many of us it’s going to be from home.Read More Many of us will be working from home forever