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Try a new way to connect with your followers

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Are you listening?

One of the mantras you hear over and over again when building a business is listening to your customers and getting their feedback. That’s also true of the online world. There are multiple ways to do that:

Comments: Nearly every blog has the ability to accept comments, but this can be a good and bad thing. On the positive side, if you can build a thriving, engaged community, you’ll gain tremendous advantage by connecting with your readers and opening up a two-way conversation. Readers will give you valuable feedback, story ideas, and even react with other readers.



Your data has become more valuable than your computer, how to protect it

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More valuable: Computers or Data?

Computers used to be very expensive. Throughout the 90s and into the 2000s, the prices of desktops always seemed to be going down, but as someone that loved computers and worked in technology, no matter what I did, in order to get a computer that was fast enough to satisfy me and would allow me to get many years of use, the price tag always ended up in the $2500 range. There were – and are still – several important questions to ask before you buy a computer.

Now, the computers are works of art. The 21” iMac can be had for $1,300, while the 11” MacBook Air – what I consider one of the most impressive pieces of technology anywhere – starts at $999. And PCs can be had for much less.

And who even needs computers? For under $500 you can get a killer tablet or the latest smartphone. The geeks of today are truly spoiled.

But when given the choice of having your laptop or phone stolen – but retaining all your data, I think the choice is obvious.


Reviews from the Google Fiber rollout in Kansas City are coming in, Jim compares it to disruptive Cable TV of the 80s.

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The First Revolution

There are three things I remember about the cable revolution: David Lee Roth, giant spools of coaxial cable, and the waiting. It was July of 1982, and I was a 13-year-old kid living in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Back then we didn’t know any better. Entertainment consisted of 3 major TV networks and playing sports from dawn till dusk.

And then the trucks rolled into town.

[Note: Ironically, this image is fiber cable, not coax, but this was the size.]

Like some kind of kindler, gentler “Red Dawn,” suddenly cable television installation trucks were everywhere. While riding my bike in the neighborhood, I’d marvel at enormous wooden spools with endless rolls of black coaxial cableready to be strung to every household.

This wasn’t a 36-inch long cable you use to connect an old VCR to your TV. This wasn’t a 100-yard supply the cable guy brings to your home in a small box when installing your DVR. These were 6-foot tall spools with enough cable to wire an entire neighborhood.

According to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, from 1984 through 1992, the industry spent more than $15 billion on the wiring of America, making it the largest private construction project since World War II.

There was a buzz around town, and best of all, my street was going to be one of the first to get this new technology installed.

And then my dad stepped in.


Macbook Air Review

This is part of the series: How to work remotely from Buenos Aires

What can I say? Some people spend their extra income on clothes or shoes or golf or Vegas. I like technology.

Now that I had a killer desktop for my home base, I wanted a lightweight laptop for travel, working remotely, and basically anywhere I needed it around town… co-working spaces, lunch meetings in a cafe, or speaking presentations. I see it as an investment. So as soon as I started my own business, I got the 11″ Macbook Air.