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The Custom Software Conundrum

I recently met  a potential client that desperately needs a new CRM (customer relationship management) and calendaring system. They have been using a custom-built system (Filemaker based) hosted on their own server, as well as an integrated calendaring system, also hosted on their own server. While these systems had been working for years, they have […]

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Google Keep

While Evernote has been a part of my life for a couple of years now, the application has slowly morphed into a behemoth.  I think the majority of people who want a note-taking application only need the following features:   Ease of use online and mobile Offline usage Quick search/find Note sharing (e.g. shopping lists) […]

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Work with a View

The end of the year is a busy time for Cartwheel. It’s also vacation time for my family.  This means that both my wife, who’s a physician, and I have to prepare to work from anywhere while away. That includes airports, in the air, in hotel rooms, and if we’re lucky, on the beach. Working […]

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The Five Biggest Problems with Sync Tools

The most popular file-sharing services are Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. All employ file synchronizations to enable users to access shared files on their local devices without internet access, and without the need to download the file.  On the face of it, file synchronization is simple. Your files are kept in the service’s cloud […]

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Credit Card Security – The New Rules

Yesterday marked the deadline for all merchants to be prepared to accept chip transactions for credit cards with an EMV chip. This includes small and medium-sized businesses. The change to chip-based technology is widely touted as a way to decrease credit card fraud. EMV (which stands for Europay, Mastercard, Visa), is a 20 year-old technology involving […]

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Outlook is Dead, Long Live Outlook

About 20 years ago, Microsoft Outlook was first released as a standalone program. Over the past decade, usage of Outlook as an email client has been on a steady decline. A large part of the decline is due to mobile growth, which now accounts for over 50% of emails opened, as well as the growth […]