Black Friday and Cyber Monday

This year just about every retailer is using the term Black Friday and Cyber Monday to advertise their special “specials” and grab the attention of holiday shoppers.  Those seem strange terms, not very glamorous or even illustrative of a bargain.  In fact, they sound more like viruses and cyborg attacks out of a sci-fi movie.  So why have they caught on? Used to describe sinister or catastrophic events occurring on a particular day of the week, Black Friday has been used for everything from massacres to meltdowns.  Today, we most often use the term for shopping the day after Thanksgiving.  Coined in the late 1960s by the Philadelphia police because of the choking traffic and crowds, the moniker caught on and by the mid-1970s was being widely used.  Later the term Black Friday was redefined to mean the day that retailers become profitable or put some black ink on the ledger. It is an … [Read more...]

What Hackers Want

Especially after someone has been the victim of a hacking attack, they want to know why. Hackers have many motives and trying to decipher their behavior is complicated. The classification of white hats, black hats, grey hats and such is an interesting attempt to legitimatize electronic spying and sabotage.  Perhaps there are “good hackers” that perform a valuable service, but most attacks are malicious in nature.  Generally, hackers want to take something from you, teach you a lesson or show their programming skills. Taking something from you.  This can be financial information, social media login and password, your time or your peace of mind.  Many victims of infections that cause pop-ups with objectionable material are traumatized.  They often react like the victim of a physical crime.  Anyone that has been hit with difficult to remove malware knows that it can be time-consuming and … [Read more...]

Evolution of Office Space

Guest author Scott Perry,www.ATLOfficeSpace.com Historically, occupancy costs have always had a big effect on a company’s bottom line. Depending on how a company is structured, they are usually the second or third highest cost of operating a company, along with the workforce/personnel and IT.  With the changes in the economy from the rapid growth in technology, to the recession, how has the environment of the workspace changed over the last few years?  As businesses cut budgets, it has become more prevalent in almost every sector of the economy, that companies have made real estate decisions to help to reduce their expenditures. As someone who represents Tenants with their office leases, it has always been a part of my job to reduce my client’s occupancy costs. However, the role of advising clients with their office space has even more so today, developed into a consulting … [Read more...]

The three most costly mistakes to avoid when implementing your EHR

Our guest blogger is  John Macikowski, Director for Clinical Practice Solutions Inc., an authorized VAR and Implementation specialist for eClinicalWorks and Dragon Medical.  John has over 25 years of experience in the I.T. industry and has specialized in Healthcare Solutions for the past 6 years.  He can be reached at jmac@clinicalpracticesolutions.com or at 770-963-6965. 1) Not making sure that the EHR you choose meets all current Federal Meaningful Use guidelines.  This is perhaps the most important criteria.  Unless you are looking to retire from practice in the next few years, purchasing an EHR program that does not meet current Meaningful Use guidelines, or one that is unlikely to meet them in the future is a poor decision for your practice and can negatively impact you in the future in areas as diverse as compensation, product support, EHR and Health Exchange interoperability … [Read more...]

Large or dual monitors mean happier, more productive employees

The NEC commissioned University of Utah study shows increased productivity, job satisfaction and an incredible return on investment. It is not surprising that a monitor manufacturer would recommend larger and multiple monitor arrangements, but what do users think? There are two trends. The first is for smaller, lighter, mobile devices for on-the-go professionals and the second is for more screen real estate for the stationary worker. On-the-go professionals need access from anywhere, anytime so they can stay connected.  The screen sizes of mobile devices are definitely trending up, but in general they are still much, much smaller than desktop monitors.  Most mobile users don’t need multiple windows. They can switch between applications or use tools to work more efficiently. Mobile devices are great for staying connected and having information at your fingertips.  They are not … [Read more...]