As this year draws to a close, let’s take a few minutes to reflect. The Promethius team would like to start by thanking all of our clients for working with us in 2013. Without the relationships we have with all of you, we wouldn’t be here. Thank you for letting us be your IT partners and advisors throughout the year. We also appreciate your patience, especially in recent weeks, as we all pitch in to answer your incoming questions.
September 2001 was a momentous month for Promethius as it is the month that we moved out of our tiny downtown office space and into our, seemingly, spacious new offices on the north side. Our always generous landlords were the kind folks at IAHSA (now LeadingAge Indiana), and we would stay there for the next 11 years. Sadly, this was a momentous month for the rest of the country as well.
Coincidentally, the Promethean took its official launch in September 2001. Among other things you can read in this article is documented proof that I never recommended Windows ME! I also had some very good things to say about DSL. Where I’m headed with this article, however, is that I also included in that newsletter a short paragraph on the ancient immortal, Prometheus. This is the number one question I get asked when I mention my company’s name. Why did we name it after a Greek demigod?
Sprint Expands 4G LTE Network. The folks at Sprint recently put their thinking caps on trying to figure out how to stop being the worst carrier on the planet. As a result they’ve expanded their 4G LTE network to 70 additional cities, bringing their total to 300 across the U.S. They have also redeployed their 800MHz spectrum for both LTE and 3G in an attempt to improve in-building coverage for voice and data. They’ve also implemented another initiative ca
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Who the Heck is Topsy? Apparently Apple knows because they just forked over $200 million for them. The company is known for developing tools to measure and analyze Twitter traffic. Apple is not commenting on why they made the acquisition, but most are speculating that it is either to keep a finger on the Twitter pulse for leverage purposes or to somehow give themselves the advantage in the Twittersphere.
It’s time for my annual article offering my best guesses for making a techie’s Christmas merry. Let’s face it, the top gifts this Christmas will be tablets, smartphones and traditional game consoles. The fact is that I’m bored of writing about iPads and PlayStations. This year I thought I’d step outside the comfort zone a bit and bring to light a few devices that you aren’t as likely to see on the news this holiday season. You won’t find a lot of business applications for most of these gadgets but you might find a gift idea for a techie loved one.
Another Day Another 1M PlayStation 4s Sold. Gaming geeks are extra geeked thanks to the release of Sony’s PlayStation 4. Sony reports that it sold more than one million of the new units in the first 24 hours after launch. A successful launch is of supreme importantance following Sony’s announcement two weeks ago that they fell back into the red in the 2nd quarter as they slashed their full-year net profit projections by 40 percent
FAA Eases Restrictions? In a move that is most certainly a sign of the apocalypse, The FAA relaxed restrictions on the use of mobile devices during takeoffs and landings. Months of study apparently have proven what we have long suspected. E-readers don’t bring down planes. The bad news is that devices that transmit will still not be allowed. This means no in-flight calls on your cell phone.
Use extreme caution when opening .TIFF files and when visiting unknown websites
Microsoft has identified a “zero-day” vulnerability involving .TIFF files. This means that neither Microsoft nor the antivirus companies have been able to develop tools to address this vulnerability. Because this is a zero-day vulnerability, the only way to protect yourself is to exercise extreme caution when opening .TIFF files, no matter how they reach you—whether via Exchange or Lync or through unknown websites. Alll users need to be very careful with .TIFF files. Anti-virus and firewall protection applications may not stop this threat. Do not open any files with a filename ending in .tiff – either through your personal mail or Exchange mail.
Buying professional computers is a quirky business because a professional grade machine looks basically identical to a “home” machine to the untrained eye. Usually once or twice a year we prepare a quote for, let’s say six professional-grade laptops, and submit to a client for approval. The client then turns around and buys six laptops from Best Buy. Comedy (and tragedy) ensues.
From our perspective, the big box computers should never even be considered for business use, unless you are a sole proprietor working from home. Even then, we still wouldn’t advise it.