Think that the younger generation is drowning in video games and smartphones, social media’d to the point where they can’t form a coherent sentence and think about the future? Hopefully not, but a surprising number of adults view the younger generation as being immobilized by ennui and without any interest in their future. In my […]
VMWare Fusion and The Apple M1 Chip: Q&A With VMWare’s Michael Roy
VMWare has a long history of producing excellent virtual machine software that has let thousands of developers test their programs across many operating systems and versions without the need for lots of computers. I use it to run different operating systems on my Mac system and currently have Windows 10, Windows 11, and Ubuntu Linux […]
Are You Building an Email List This Month?
It’s easy to get lured into the promise of market automation where an AI robot is going to cold query, engage and close a database of customers. And you don’t need to do anything other than pay for some fancy software. Instant sales, what business wouldn’t find that enticing? Problem is, we customers aren’t robot […]
Should AI Assistants have Female Voices?
Depending on your perspective, we either live in a golden age where as a society we’re questioning all assumptions about race and gender identity or, perhaps, we’re overanalyzing everything and all too ready to play the victim card. Mostly I’m in the former camp and am always seeking to gain additional enlightenment and perspective: Old […]
Sequestering the Troll in an Online Discussion Group
It seems like an inevitable part of the online conversation nowadays: Regardless of forum, there’s often one person who just likes to stir the pot. They post deliberately inflammatory comments just to get everyone else upset. But they have their rationale, they’ll cite (typically dubious) sources, and they’ll reflect back any criticism and claim that […]
Video Testimonials Tell Their Own Story
Recording video footage as a conference or tradeshow combines business networking and meeting interesting new people. But how do you weave that into an interesting and useful video that a sponsor can use for their own marketing purposes? By letting the video tell its own story. When I was invited to join the team at […]
All Advertising Is Promise:Deliver…
I spend a lot of time on the Internet. Probably too much time, but that’s another story. This morning I was exploring the Yahoo home page and bumped into this banner advert from Kraft, a huge corporation: The entire philosophy of successful advertising is promise -> deliver so how would you imagine Kraft is going to […]
Facebook Posts Affect Business Reputation, Scott!
Among the thousands of people that I know and follow on the chaotic mess that is social media is a clothing designer and entrepreneur called Scott Jordan. You might have heard of him, he created a clothing company called SCOTTeVEST focused on vests and jackets with pockets designed for smartphones, tablets, etc. He famously went […]
Can You Trust Voice and Facial Recognition Systems?
Re-read George Orwell’s “1984” and you’ll find that while he might have missed on the date things would appear, he was remarkably spot-on with the technologies he predicted. A TV that watched you and analyzed your activities and conversations? Yup, got that. Listening devices in other rooms? Got that. And now with the iPhone X […]
Building a Web Site: SaveToMp3
There are quite a few Web sites that offer users the ability to download a YouTube video or extract and download just the audio portion as an MP3, but the YouTube to Mp3 service SaveToMp3.com stands out as not having tons of offensive ads or any risk of giving you malware. Intrigued, I reached out […]
Consult with Me Via the Innovative Live Online Service Zeqr
I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was old enough to hustle. In fact, it’s hard to say exactly which was my first business, but either going door to door waxing cars for $20 or pairing up with my pal Mitchell and offering a private plane cleaning service at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles are […]
The Importance of Consistent Packaging
A small startup called Pop Box has been starting to get their new product in retail channels and it’s pretty interesting: microwave popcorn in a pop-up box. Better yet, it even tastes good and the convenience benefits of having popcorn in a ready-to-eat dispenser should be immediately obvious, particularly if you’ve ever had to eat […]