9 Steps for Managing Small Business IT

Information Technology has never been more affordable. Small businesses can now take advantage of technology that will help them level the playing field and compete with larger companies, even on a global scale. Yet, the costs for small businesses that compete with you have come down too. How do you use IT to gain a competitive advantage?

The Best Predictor, The Jetsons or Star Trek?

Both television shows debuted in the sixties. The Jetsons first aired in 1962. In fact, they celebrated their 50'th anniversary on September 23, 2012. Star Trek began in 1966. Which show was the best prognosticator of life in the new millennium?

In the sixties, most of adult America preferred going back in time for their entertainment and watched shows like Wagon Train, Gunsmoke and Bonanza. But the future is what grabbed young people like me. Our president was talking of sending a man to the moon. We believed in the future!


The Christmas Truce



During World War I, over 20 million human beings were killed. Man had invented the machines and weapons to kill other men on a massive scale. In the middle that horrible carnage, around Christmas 1914, widespread unofficial ceasefires took place along the Western Front. Throughout the week leading up to Christmas, German and British soldiers began to exchange greetings and songs between trenches. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, soldiers from both sides ventured into “no man’s land”, where they exchanged food, souvenirs and other small gifts. They played games and sang carols. They helped one another bury their dead.

The Christmas truce is seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events of modern history. After Christmas that year, the war resumed and men began killing each other again. Today, as we approach this Holy Season, violence and fear are once again making their mark on human history. The Middle East is at a dangerous precipice. What it will take to make us ashamed of our history enough to stop repeating the atrocities of war?

This Holy Season, pray that we stop fearing others just because they are different. Pray for courage to learn about and understand one another. Pray for Peace. 


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The First Twitter Election



Over 31 million tweets clogged the Internet on Election Day 2012. In the moments following President Obama's win, Twitter peaked with a rate of 327,000 tweets a minute.

On November 6, 2012, at 11:14 PM, before he took the stage at McCormick Center in Chicago, President Barack Hussein Obama's 22,562,518 Twitter followers got the scoop before the big TV networks:


Facebook Addiction is Affecting Your Brain

As much as I tell myself that I am in control, I am always losing track of time when I am online. Then I have to finish my work in a mad rush. It takes concentrated effort to focus on tasks I must get done.

If you are like me, and your job requires you to be online most of the day, it is especially difficult to restrain yourself from social media like Facebook and Twitter. I don't know of any easy solutions to this dilemma, but at least we can take comfort in knowing that we are not alone. This Infographic helps to explain why it is so hard to control our behavior...