I think the word is out! "You can't believe anything you read on the Internet." (By the way, if you haven't heard that, it's true!) And that means this article too. Don't believe it. Don't believe me, don't believe Huffington Post, don't believe RedStatesResurgent.com (band name, I call it!), don't believe Snopes, or Politifact, or even NPR.org.
Consider this the truth. If you're reading this on the Internet, you can't believe it. Don't believe any of them. Don't believe me.
So what can you believe? And what does that have to do with reviews for web hosting companies?
The buzz has been building for years now, and this trend has probably taken strong roots and is ready for an explosive outbreak.
Location-based services are not new. We've had Foursquare long enough that they've had time to pivot and rebrand their service into Swarm. Some observers believed it would be the Next Big Thing after Twitter, but somehow it never fully caught fire. (Although I confess that I'm a dedicated Swarm player and I do appreciate my friends who participate. I get an interesting and unique perspective on their adventures in life.)
If you haven't heard about or tried Evernote, you can probably ask your kids.
This Silicon Valley company made a big splash in schools when many teachers from middle school through high school adopted it as a favorite online study tool for students.
If I just told you what it does, you might not be impressed, or you might wonder what it offers that you don't already have. But when you talk to advocates for this note-taking and organizing tool, you might get the impression that there's a lot going on.
We've talked here about the Cloud before and it's likely that we'll be talking about it again. Whether you're ready for it or not, no other advance in business computing has had this big an effect since the dawn of the Internet in business.
So if you want to get ahead of the curve, and be ready for a technology that empowers your business, this is a good time to talk about it. We talked earlier about the what the cloud really is. It's most certainly more than just a decision about whether you'll put your business documents on Google Docs, or store your backups on Dropbox servers. Those are just the leaky edges of a trend that will engulf IT strategies for at least a decade.
What do you know about Cloud Storage? Everyone is talking about it, some people are using it, some aren't sure if they are, and as with any major shift in technology or computing, there's a lot of folklore and wives tales swirling around the concept. So let's talk about it straight.
The questions on everyone's lips are, "Is it safe to use cloud storage," and "how will this change what I do when I save documents and media files," and "which cloud storage choice is best for me?"
In the first place, when we talk about cloud storage, we're actually talking about a place in some company's data center where your data resides. This is in contrast to your own hard drive in your own safe, secure home computer or home office.
But is it safe? Cloud storage seems to put your data out of your reach, and in someone else's control. How can that be good? On the other hand, just how safe is your data on a hard drive at home? Let's tell the truth about that first.
It's been a long time for most of us since email was something other than a depressing form of slavery in our work and social lives.
Either we receive too much unsolicited and irrelevant email for us to find the useful messages, or we chain ourselves to an hour or more each day answering correspondence just to keep the pile from growing out of hand.
From the other side, it's also become common for us to send a carefully crafted message to someone and discover that they have only scanned it briefly, or that they've never even seen it in the blizzard of messages they receive. And heaven help us if they are trying to manage both work and personal email accounts separately.
I used to teach a micro-class in productivity that addressed some of this and offered tactics to keep the email pile to a manageable level. (Okay, I still teach the class, but I think the focus will begin to change.) We can talk all day about tactics, and maybe even adopt some of them as habits, but the root cause will not disappear.
The new Contact interface is terrible. Please understand that I'm a strong advocate for Google - some would call me a fanboy. I really want Google to succeed and to demonstrate that a corporation can grow large and successful without turning to evil.
BUT -- the new contacts subsystem is terrible. It's sluggish, it's inconvenient, it's often inexplicable, and it's absolutely NOT an improvement on the very functional and completely satisfactory predecessor that was once integrated with Gmail.