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5 Social Media Rules for Entrepreneurs




A Dried River Bed is like an abandoned Twitter stream - neither one has much to offer.

A Dry River Bed is like an abandoned Twitter stream – neither one has much to offer.

Few things are more pathetic than looking at the abandoned twitter stream of a business. They start off robust and full of hope before dwindling to a few short screeds touting some sale before finally growing stale and stopping cold. Does this sound familiar?

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It’s About the Business Not About the Technology




Summer Camp, or Bar Camp, events can be incredibly useful and informative.

Summer Camp, or Bar Camp, events can be incredibly useful and informative.

Recently an informative and interesting technical event on virtualization provided confirmation for a truism about technology and business. First and foremost technology is only a means to an end – not an end in itself.   Of course this observation isn’t limited to my technical colleagues because business people can become just as enamored with the “technology du jour” as any hardcore technologist.

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New Technologies Create New Opportunities




The Chez Pascal food truck brings tasty food to a location near you.

The Chez Pascal food truck brings tasty food to a location near you.

It’s not very often that a new technology comes along and is immediately embraced and put to use by small businesses.  The fax machine was one such technology and it was huge boon for small businesses. Now Twitter is the  new technology that small business are embracing enthusiastically. Still, the first reaction whenever I mention Twitter is “I don’t care what somebody has for lunch”. You know what, neither do I most of the time, that is unless it’s a really good lunch like @chezpascal.

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Using Obsolete Skills Can Be Fun




This is the classic tool that connects the wires of your phone system or ethernet cable.

This is a classic Punchdown Tool that connects the wires of your phone system or ethernet cable by "Punching" them down to make the connections.

No matter how hard you work to acquire them, some skills eventually become obsolete. But even obsolete skills get dusted off occasionally.  And it’s interesting when those formerly needed skills, that you haven’t used on a daily basis, suddenly become useful at the oddest times and in the oddest places.

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Technologies change but what remains




Recently while cooking dinner for the family, my 3-year-old daughter walked into the kitchen with her toy phone tucked between head and shoulder carrying on a conversation, with whom I don’t know because she said in a perfect tone “I can’t talk now, I’ve gotta go” complete with eye-roll.  She could’ve have been 17 for all the attitude she was channeling.

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