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On Oct. 25, 2001, Microsoft introduced an operating system that had small to large businesses alike exhaling a sigh of relief. Windows XP, successor to Windows ME, has been a stable, reliable and very user-friendly operating system. As of March 2013, 38.73 percent of PC’s connected to the Internet still run Windows XP. As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will be hanging a RIP sign over this mainstream operating system when it will no longer offer any support to existing users. more
"Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence." more
You may have seen two sets of news reports recently that didn’t quite add up: First, President Obama called for the liquidation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country’s largest providers of funds for home mortgages. Then a couple of days later, Fannie Mae announced its sixth straight quarterly profit and said it was sending $10.2 billion in dividends to the Treasury. Freddie Mac also reported a hefty profit – $5 billion over the previous three months – and said it is providing $4.4 billion in dividends to the government. more
Even the smallest of businesses these days can face large needs when it comes to storing data, sharing files and other computer-related tasks. For one thing, trying to back up files when they are spread over many computers can be a headache. more
Recently, I was asked to address a group of executive MBA exchange students at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. These midcareer individuals from France and Germany were interested in American-style entrepreneurship and our vast network of business “incubators” and startup “accelerators” in particular. more
In a digital-device-driven world, many business owners may in fact be hurting themselves with sloppy tech-enabled communications. Sure, smartphones, social media and other tech tools can be terrific productivity enhancers and lead generators. But they can also make you and your business look bad if improperly used or abused. more
Starting and growing a business takes great dedication and efficiency. There’s little room for wasting time. But even the best of us can struggle in the day-to-day world with all of the little things that can sabotage our efforts to spend time effectively on the things that matter most. more
Employers across Rhode Island should begin to revise their employment manuals, policies and information brochures in preparation for new statewide employee-leave requirements going into effect on Jan. 1. more
Facebook has proven to be a great source of new customers for millions of small businesses. But many business owners are not using Facebook to its fullest lead generation potential. For one thing, Facebook has added new features that make it more useful for small firms. more
One of California’s leading advocates for pension reform, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, has begun an uphill campaign to amend his state’s constitution so that governments there can make changes to employee retirement plans. If he succeeds with his voter initiative plan, his effort may spur movements to loosen pension protections in other states. more
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