Why All My Facebook Posts Are Public


All my Facebook posts are public. Anyone with a Facebook account can see all my posts. They may not appear in every Facebook user's news feed, but anyone can see them if they want.

If you are not my Facebook "friend," my posts won't appear in your news feed, but you can go to my Facebook page (wall) and see all of them. You can see all my photos too.
I'm not advocating the same for you, I'm only telling you what I do. 

Here is why:

I couldn't care less about who wins the smartphone battle

The Practical Computer | By Tom Ledford




I don't have a dog in the fight

I will gain no matter who wins. I don't develop mobile software other than for a browser. I have an Android phone and no contract. I don't want a contract and I don't want to spend more money on any phone right now. 

I just want to call my Mom, text my sister, ask my wife what she wants for dinner, reply to my boss's  email, take a decent snapshot, get directions when I go out of town, and have something to do while I'm killing time in an airport. I can do all that with my phone. 

When I have a need for a phone with greater capabilities, higher performance, better camera, or whatever, I will review my options and make a decision. In the mean time, Google, Apple and Microsoft, have at it. Play feature topping games like crazy! Fight for content control. Babble on about "ecosystem" bull shit. Beat the crap out of one another. I'm sure one of you will get to be king of the mountain for a while.

When buying a new phone makes sense for me, I will see who is on top and decide if their phone, with all its bells and whistles, is worth my money.

However, if anyone wants to give  me a new phone, I would love to have a Moto X, LG G2, HTC One, Nexus 4 (or 5, if it takes you a while to decide what to buy for me). Hell, I guess I would even take a new iPhone 5S, if it was free.

Gotta go now. I need to call Mom.



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Microsoft Buys Nokia's Mobile Phone Business

Microsoft Corp on Tuesday said it will buy Nokia's mobile phone business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion).



Reuters - http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/03/us-microsoft-nokia-idUSBRE98202V20130903


Nokia, once the worlds largest vendor of mobile phones, has slipped to the tenth largest. After Nokia replaced their Symbian OS in all their phones with Windows in February 2011, their sales decreased dramatically.  

If Microsoft has any edge that they can combine with Nokia to help them revive their mobile business, it is their entrenchment in corporations with their server operating systems and Microsoft Office. However, their once iron grip on the business software market is now threatened by cloud players, Amazon and Google.

Microsoft's responded to these new threats, with Azure and Office 365. Many have criticized Microsoft for being slow to respond to the change in market forces created by the Internet. Out maneuvered, going all the way back to the browser wars with Netscape, they have relied on their three cash cows - Windows, Office, and Server systems -  to keep them on top as a technology powerhouse, if not a leader.

Microsoft never obtained serious market share with their mobile phone operating system, but kept a toehold in the market by their integration capability with Microsoft Exchange Email Systems, widely used by businesses from small companies to large corporations. Smartphones by Apple, Samsung and other Android systems overwhelmed them. Their late entrance into the tablet market with their Surface tablet was executed poorly and their Surface RT was a dramatic failure.

Stymied by  the innovator's dilemma, Microsoft is trying to shake things up with a change of leadership in the replacement of Steve Ballmer as CEO. Their purchase of Nokia gives them a device manufacturing capability they have never had before. It will position them to compete more effectively with Google and Google's new device manufacturing prowess since their acquisition of Motorola. 

Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, once the head of Microsoft's business software division, would now seem to be the odds on favorite to be named Microsoft's new CEO. Some think machinations and plans were in place for just such a merger, when Elop joined Nokia in September, 2010. Microsoft's future will depend upon how well they can assimilate a large hardware manufacturer with their software business. 


Do you think it is too late for Microsoft to become a serious competitor in mobile technology? 

#Microsoft   #Nokia   #smartphone   #mobiletechnology  



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Buffer adds Google+ pages

Now you can use Buffer to schedule posts to your Google+ page. If you use your Google+ business page as a service to your customers, by providing relevant information they can use, this will be a good tool to help you do that more effectively.

If you use your business page as a tool to promote customer interaction, scheduling posts may not be right for you. Of course, comments and +1s will always be in real time, and you will be able to post directly to your stream as always. 

You won't be able to schedule posts to your personal profile with Buffer. Google has not provided the API for that yet. Maybe they feel that time shifting posts to your personal profile takes away some of the "social" of social networks. 

Hootsuite has offered Google+ page post scheduling for some time now, but if Buffer is your primary social media tool, now you are closer to using one tool for all your scheduling needs.

How do you feel about scheduling posts to Google+? Do you think it will help or hurt engagement?

Buffer ~ http://bufferapp.com/

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The Promise of eBooks


Kindle*
Many of us were excited about eBooks when they were introduced, even though we understood the disadvantages  - eBooks cannot be loaned. They cannot be displayed on a shelf. The cloud and the nature of electronic data makes their ownership nebulous.

These concerns were trade offs. We were willing to trade these shortcomings for an affordability that printed books could not match. Normal market dynamics should have helped eBooks overcome their disadvantages. Instead, we saw price increases that couldn't be explained by rising costs of publishing. 

8 Reasons You Should Post to The Goolge+ "Public" Stream

The Practical Computer | By Tom Ledford



If you want your post to be seen in the stream, post it to "Public!"

Sure, the circles you shared it with may see it. Maybe that is all you intended. However, I suspect many just don't understand the reasons they should post to "Public."


Why 24,000 Plussers Circled Me in 30 Days

The Practical Computer | By Tom Ledford



On May 8, 2013, I was in three thousand, four hundred and sixty-two (3,462) Google+ circles. It had taken nearly a year to grow my following to that number. I don't know exactly what happened, but on May 10, I gained 402 circles! On May 11, I gained 802 more, and on May 12, I gained 1,053! The pace has continued at an average of over 800 circles a day! By June 7, 2013, I was in 27,627 Google+ circles! Although I know, all good things must come to an end, the pace of my follower growth hasn't slowed yet. As I posted this article, 33,435 plussers have me in circles!

Solar Power and Mobile Communications in Rural Africa


In much of the developed world, we shrug at modest improvements in technology. When I hear, "It won't make much of a difference to me," I often think about The Starfish Story*  - "It made a difference for that one!"

An estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide live without electricity. Small solar cells can provide enough power to light homes and recharge mobile phones, replacing kerosene and generators, providing the "luxury" of electricity for many who may otherwise do without. 

Low power (50 watt) cellular base stations, and low power (25 watt) microwave transmitters, when combined with solar power technology, have the potential to bring the world to the doors of millions of people in third world countries, through the Internet!

I know there are much more important problems in developing countries. AIDS, clean water, adequate nutrition and safety from despotic regimes and those seeking to overthrow them, are issues needing urgent intervention. But electric lighting and Internet connectivity are not small conveniences! A smartphone, tablet, lighting, and a connection to the Internet can bring life saving information to someone in rural Africa! Traveling medical missionaries and others can communicate when they will be near villages. Vaccination clinics can communicate their schedules and information. Information on safe food preparation and safe sex can be distributed more effectively.

Technology can be a huge force for good throughout the world, in ways we've never thought of!


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For more information - 

Selling Solar Panels on the Installment Plan in Africa - Businessweek ~ http://buswk.co/154oRlN

A Tiny Cell-Phone Transmitter Takes Root in Rural Africa | MIT Technology Review ~ http://bit.ly/154oXcQ

* The Starfish Story: You Can Make a Difference | Andrew: Inside & Insights ~ http://bit.ly/154p5cz

10 Twitter Mistakes in the Real World [INFOGRAPHIC]

Not everyone will agree that all of these items are mistakes. Indeed, I have been guilty of each of them at one time or another. 

It seems that more than half the posts on social media are about how to use social media, and the other half is just a big echo chamber. This post is a good example of both! 

Children often grow bored quickly with toys they begged for, while you were shopping. My mother used to say, "The new wore off." What if you bought them a dozen of the same toy? The new would be worn off before they unboxed the second one.

Do you have "Social Media Fatigue?"  Maybe these types of mistakes, not just on Twitter, but on all of social media, are why the "new" is wearing off.


The Biggest Risk in Moving to the Cloud

The Practical Computer | By Tom Ledford



The biggest risk businesses face when migrating to cloud computing, is disruption of process. No matter how businesses attempt to improve their technology, processes must continue uninterrupted. It has always been so. The cloud doesn’t change this. The age old question is still the most important question: How do we get from here to there, while continuing to execute vital business functions?

Invoices need to go out. Customers need to place orders. Shipping needs to ship. Claims need to be processed. Financial reports need to be delivered. If business needs to change tires in the middle of the race, it must do so while the car is moving!

Can Earth Have a Conscience?

The Practical Computer | By Tom Ledford


Actual 3-D depiction of Internet connectivity
courtesy, www.opte.org
"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts." 

~ Mahatma Gandhi 


No one would argue today that the Internet has not made our global village smaller. News about events can travel around the world seconds after they happen. Earth's citizens are wresting control of news from major media outlets and governments. Some governments are trying their best to shore up their information dams and levees, but I believe they will ultimately fail. What happens when all ulterior motives are revealed and brought into the light of day?

Practical Mobile Ecosystems - 5 Questions

The Practical Computer | By Tom Ledford
A mobile ecosystem includes your wireless services company, hardware, apps and data. But, it also needs to integrate with your  home and office systems. The Internet ties them all together. 

If you use mobile technology for work, your employer's ecosystem will overlap yours. This can make it more difficult to decide what technology to use.

A practical mobile ecosystem will cost as little as possible, and will integrate well, into your personal and professional life. How can you make practical choices for mobile technology?

Daddy and Magic Trucks



Daddy lost his father, before I was born. My Grandad and I haven't met yet. Grandad wasn't around to teach Daddy for very long, but he must have been around long enough to teach him the most important stuff. Daddy will be 82 years old in a couple of weeks (March 30). Daddy taught me a lot of important stuff!

Daddy is still teaching me. One of the most  important things, I am learning from him just now - No one is perfect and it's alright if I am not. I am blessed. I hope he teaches me many more years.

Daddy probably can't tell you exactly how he teaches me. I'm not sure I know how he does either. I just know he does. Some of the most important things he taught me are how to work hard, count stars, love, and make money

And he taught me about magic trucks.

A Practical Guide to Windows 8

The Practical Computer | By Tom Ledford


Here is an excellent video guide to Windows 8 - Who moved my Windows 8 Cheese? 

Video training is becoming one of the most effective ways to learn. You can find a video to show you how to do just about anything. I use YouTube to find videos on everything from repairing laptop computers to replacing brake pads on my car.

A Good Day

Laptops are difficult to repair. Parts and components are small and numerous. Everything is condensed and packed into a tiny shell. They are amazing examples of how efficiently space can be used. 

I don't recommend attempting to disassemble a laptop, without a service manual from the manufacturer. If you don't have a guide to screws and fasteners, you will break something.

Customer Service and The Social Help Desk [Infographic]

Your company's social media efforts are not only about promoting brand awareness. The social help desk may turn out to be a game-changer in the ongoing relationship between businesses and their customers. As customers increasingly turn to social media sites for customer service, the social help desk lets you respond in real-time to meet the evolving customer definition of "now."


Mobile Is Where Your Customers Are

The Practical Computer | By Tom Ledford



In 2013 more people will use their mobile phones than PCs to get online. When you also consider the rapidly rising popularity of tablets, the most important online presence for your business is no longer a website designed for desktop and laptop computers.

The amount of information most users will consume from any website at one time, is getting smaller. We are getting very adept at drinking from the Internet fire hose. Most of us now prefer concise information no matter what device we use to get it. The smaller the screen, the more concise information needs to be.