Posts By: Homer Bartlett

Microsoft Office Licensing

Microsoft Office 2010

Yes, we know the world is steadily moving to online office applications like Google Apps or Office 365, but some huge percentage of computer users still need or use Microsoft Office. Here are some licensing tips for business owners:   You cannot use Office Home & Student in any commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities. Nor… Read more »

Humanity… in Space!

Astronauts gathered around a table

Recently in an episode of my favorite podcast, America’s Test Kitchen, the hosts talked to Mary Roach, author of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void about astronaut food, eating, and what happens after eating. In discussing the history of space food and eating at NASA, Mary explains a curiously human tangent… Read more »

The Slippery Slope of Always Connected

Toilet Texting: Just Say No!

These days we can get way more than email on our phones. File sharing, presentations, co-worker status updates, company financials, line of business applications and more are now available pretty much anywhere any time from your laptop, tablet, and phone. This is tremendously empowering for sure, enabling people to produce value and stay connected without… Read more »

Technology for Technology’s Sake

Always ask "why?"

A couple of months ago I had a phone conversation with our partner rep at an Internet Service Provider (ISP) with whom we have had a long and happy relationship. Jack (not his real name) was trying to convince me of the value of cloud servers for our SMB clients, something this ISP now offers… Read more »

(Not so) Stupid Siri Trick

"You're Homer. Aren't you?"

So you found an iPhone 4S and being the honest responsible adult you are you want to get it back to its owner, but the owner has (smartly) enabled the lock screen and you can’t get into it to find out who owns it. What to do? Siri to the rescue! She has a special… Read more »

Adobe Improves Software Subscription Model

Adobe Creative Cloud™

We mentioned Adobe’s push into the subscription pricing model when they released Creative Suite 5.5. At the time they also announced that they were going to be releasing new full releases every 18 months and half releases every 9 months, and true to their word this month they announced Creative Suite 6. With CS 6… Read more »

WiFi for Business

WiFi for Business

Eight to ten years ago many businesses added WiFi networks to their offices using what was ubiquitous at the time. Namely, inexpensive access points like the Linksys WAP54G (don’t take that the wrong way, it’s a great WAP and we still have love for this venerable old workhorse). Many people had similar devices installed at… Read more »

How Do I Get the Awesome Version?

ROWE is Awesome!

A good friend of Ripple (and a client, natch!) wrote a post about asking for the best price. That’s always a good idea, of course, but I think there’s a question to be asked prior to that question: “How do I get the awesome version?” Not for everything, mind you, but for the stuff you… Read more »