Storing Passwords

If you follow password security guidelines, you should have a unique password for each online service you use. That way if one service provider does get compromised and some ne’er-do-well in Russia gets your password, he can’t get into all the other online services he might guess that you use. But a study from 2010… Read more »

Adobe Introduces Subscription Licensing

One of the great aspects of cloud computing, or software-as-a-service, is that it scales efficiently (making it a good strategy for operating in tough financial times). Paying per mailbox per month for email hosting, for instance, scales down gracefully when your summer interns go back to school. But if you had an Internal Exchange server… Read more »

IT Is An Investment, Not An Expense

IT is often seen as an expense. It’s treated as an expense on most income statements, and most companies work as hard as possible to minimize it, like any other expense. Except that IT is not an expense, any more than hammers are an expense for carpenters, or factories are for manufacturers. IT is, for… Read more »

Why Nice is The Killer IT Skill

When I started Ripple, it was in no small part because of the way IT people were acting. Busy, smug and secretive. So I set out to build an IT company with a culture of being nice, friendly and approachable. Pretty regularly people will say to me “well, that’s neat, but does it really matter?”… Read more »

How Small Business Should Think About Cloud Computing

I was interviewed for Smart Business Magazine a while back, and we discussed The Cloud. These were my thoughts: SBM: The cloud seems to be everywhere. What should businesses be thinking about? Is the cloud right for everyone? Me: The short answer is: Yes, it’s right for everyone. The long answer is: Maybe not right… Read more »

Ripple and ROWE

In June of 2010, I was asked by the ROWE honchos at GoROWE  to write on their blog a little bit of how Ripple became a ROWE. Here’s what I said… Let me put this out there: I am a Work Utopia guy. I want people to come to work and feel like it’s more… Read more »

Macs and PCs Living in Harmony

A while back our founder, Mike Landman, answered some questions for Smart Business Magazine about Macs in a PC world. Here’s that conversation.. SBM: How is it that Macs have gone from being the computer of choice only for graphic designers to becoming a popular choice for mainstream computer users in business? Well, Macs always had a… Read more »