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CenterBeam Named Winner of 2009 Outsourcing Relationship Management “RMMY” Award

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Recognized for Most Innovative Relationship Management in a Downturn Economy SAN JOSE, CA – 12/02/2009 Official Press Release Here CenterBeam, an IT outsourcing provider, was named the winner of the “For Better or For Worse” award on November 20, 2009, as part of the second annual Outsourcing Relationship Management Awards – the RMMYs – sponsored by the Outsourcing Institute and Vantage...

Microsoft and Apple – Still Playing Nice After All These Years

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Microsoft and Apple on the same chip!

I happened to be digging through my garage somewhat recently, and ran across my Apple ][+ (of the Apple ][ Series) computer (and it’s green monitor, and dual floppy drives, and joystick, etc).  I’ll do an update to that experience later…  But for now, I want to share something for all the people out there who believe there’s some sort of cold war between Microsoft and Apple </sarchasm> I...

Doing it Right: Wells Fargo Envelope-less ATM Deposits

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ATM Machine

While I’m not overly thrilled with my long-term bank Wells Fargo, mainly because of their recent assault of unexpected monthly fees across all of my accounts (I do all of my personal and business banking with them, including my mortgage), there are some things they’re doing very well…and that’s what the focus of this article is about. Today I deposited a number of checks into both my personal and...

Doing it Right: USOpen.org Video Stream

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USOpen Live Broadcast Features

For the 2009 series, the USOpen has launched an on-line video stream for all of their broadcasts that is magnitudes better than any other I’ve seen to date.  I’m sure there are some good ones I may have missed, but this one has fantastic features that can’t be overlooked. This is a game-changing way to watch tennis.  First, I’m not the type of person who will go out of my way to watch the game...

Security, Your On-Line Identity, and ZipRealty’s Poor Example

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Security Camera Fail

The purpose of this post is two-fold: First:  To stress the importance of preserving the security of your on-line identity Second:  Exposing a company who’s doing an inexcusably poor job of protecting your on-line identity Most of us don’t realize how insecure the on-line world can be.  You create an account on a website, give it a username and the password of your choosing.  That password is...

It’s the End of the World – Twitter is Down!

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Fail Whale

UPDATE 8/6 8.04am: It appears to be a Denial of Service attack that Twitter is currently combating. Back when Twitter was still just a method for geeks to spout off about whatever, seeing the Fail Whale was quite commonplace.  Multiple times per day, Twitter would get overloaded and the system simply couldn’t keep up.  Post venture capital, it’s finally come around that everyone from...

Controlling the Influx of SPAM on BlogEngine.NET

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UPDATE 01.31.2010:  The latest release of BlogEngine.NET (2.0) addresses a number of spam-related issues and includes some of it’s own CAPTCHA-type options, including reCaptcha. BlogEngine.NET implements an “Invisible CAPTCHA” solution that has worked quite well for a considerable amount of time.  As of the past few weeks, those of us using BlogEngine.NET have been pelted with numerous SPAM...

How to Organize Your Garage in Three Steps

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Clutter

I recently had the pleasure gutting and organizing my garage a couple weeks back, and thought I would share my story.  In speaking with friends, family, and strangers about my adventure, I know I’m not the only one out there who’s collected far too much stuff to keep organized. When I started, I had waist-to-chest high stuff all over the place and had to jump over items to get from one end of the...

Layar – Augmented Reality using a Cell Phone

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Layar

This amazing new technology called Layar is currently available on Android devices, but is supposedly being developed for the iPhone 3G S as well.  What is it?  Point your phone at a location and see what it’s all about.  For example, you’re on a city street and you want information about the 4 restaurants in front of you…point your phone at ’em and check out the info as...

CenterBeam Awarded Cisco Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence Designation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Highest Distinction within Cisco Channel Partner Program SAN JOSE, CA—06/16/2009—Today, CenterBeam, Inc., a leading managed service provider (MSP) to the mid-sized market, announced it has been awarded Cisco Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence—the highest distinction a partner can achieve within the Cisco Channel Partner Program.  A result of Cisco’s independent client...

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