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August 2, 2011  5:02 PM

What cleaning computer viruses can teach you



Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, data backup, Security

In my spare time I run a little PC service repair business, mostly for friends and family. It's mostly cleaning computer viruses, installing wireless networks and sometimes building gaming systems. No matter what the job is, however, I always end up lecturing the owners about security and data...

July 29, 2011  1:21 PM

Does your Internet usage policy make your employees cry?



Posted by: Wendy Schuchart
CIO

How are you feeling today? Lonely? Upset? Vaguely withdrawn from society? If so, quick -- check your Twitter stream on your smartphone. Better now? We've all heard BlackBerry jokingly referred to as a "CrackBerry," but according to a recent study of 1,000 U.K. workers, 53% of technology users...


July 26, 2011  6:35 PM

IT transformation means one thing: New IT job skills needed



Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, IT jobs

I found it amusing/disturbing during the NFL player lockout that players were worried about making ends meet. Many players should certainly...


July 22, 2011  2:12 PM

A green data center starts with a bucket of white paint



Posted by: Wendy Schuchart
CIO, data center cooling, Green IT

Every CIO knows that sometimes the littlest changes can make a big impact on the bottom line. For instance, recently former President Bill Clinton suggested that one of the fastest ways you can save on cooling costs for your data center starts by looking up: What color is your roof? If it's like...


July 19, 2011  5:38 PM

Phone hacking scandal reveals lack of corporate culture



Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, ethics, IT innovation

If you could have heard News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch testify before Parliament on Tuesday, you might have almost felt sorry for him. Or you might have said, "There but for the grace of God go I." If...


July 18, 2011  4:00 PM

IPad Bluetooth keyboards, iPad’s own keyboard vulnerable to hackers



Posted by: Wendy Schuchart
CIO, Cisco, Ethernet, iPad, software

Were you on vacation and unplugged last week? While you're planning your shopping list for the week, you might want to add an iPad Bluetooth keyboard and a 20-foot touch-screen wall. Here's what you missed around the Web last week. If you're avoiding iPad Bluetooth keyboards for fear that...


July 15, 2011  4:02 PM

The secret behind successfully balancing work and life on vacation



Posted by: Wendy Schuchart
CIO, work/life balance

Confession: I have taken a conference call while walking to dinner down Bourbon Street. I have also been pulled into a meeting while driving my parents over the Golden Gate Bridge and had to pull off at the rest stop to participate in an hour-long argument over which font should be used for a...


July 12, 2011  4:10 PM

What chief information officers have in common with Kevin Bacon



Posted by: Scot Petersen
chief executive officers, CIO

What does a chief information officer have in common with Kevin Bacon? Mathematics.

The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Game has been around for a while. It proves that all of us are more intertwined with society than we...


July 5, 2011  1:34 PM

Hacking activities mean security risk is everybody’s business



Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, Hacking, security risk

The LulzSec hacker group recently announced it was backing off its spree of network break-ins...


July 1, 2011  2:35 PM

What IT/business alignment has in common with the TSA



Posted by: Wendy Schuchart
CIO, IT/business alignment

I've been thinking a lot about Harman CIO Michael Ali's discussion of IT/business alignment. We spend of lot of energy in IT worrying about how to align with the business,...


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