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Technology Artist for Cumulus Technology, Inc - the We Are Technology people.... Technical Writer, Artistic Consultant, Strategist,....and WebDeveloper. That's a lot of hats. :)

Windows XP Discussion on Portland’s KXL

Windows XP will no longer be supported as of April 8, 2014. It will be a good morning to be on Portland, Oregon's KXL radio station.  Our very own Bill Sikkens will be "keeping it weird" as he discusses the expiration of Windows XP with KXL show hosts Steve and Rebecca at 10AM Pacific time on Friday March 21, 2014.   The soon to be expired Operating System, on April 8, will no longer be supported by Microsoft, which will invariably cause future security and software concerns.  This is all happening during a time when all businesses know very well the concern for keeping costs low but also maintaining a safe and secure technology infrastructure. Tune in on the local station at FM 101 KXL or listen online by visiting the KXL website and clicking on the listen live button on the upper left hand side of the website. UPDATE: 3/21/2014 10:05AM  It appears that a miscommunication has occurred concerning the airing time of the interview - we will post that time as soon as we know it. G. Winkler (c) 2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology - the "We Are Technology" people

By |March 20th, 2014|Categories: Radio, Security, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Windows XP Discussion on Portland’s KXL

Your Home Router may be the Next Target

Read Kim Komando's article about router security. The bad guys don't even have to show up at your house anymore to get in and rob you.  Who are these fantastic sounding criminals?  They are hackers, and they are using your everyday appliances to get into your personal space and steal vital data from you or perhaps just use your location for their crime.  And apparently your home router is letting these guys in through various back doors! This is important stuff because no one wants to be violated, victimized, or unwittingly be the site for ongoing criminal activity that hurts others.  The damage can be expensive and very stressful, and that is why we want to make sure that our Team Members and clients all are made aware of what is going on.  This is the first part of winning this battle.  Knowing that it is possible to be hacked and learning measures to prevent these events from happening is the first vital step to securing your home router. So that's why we are sharing this article on how hackers are targeting your personal router and the steps to help prevent such an intrusion into your private space.  Just click the link to read more. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/03/15/hackers-now-targeting-your-router/?intcmp=features

By |March 17th, 2014|Categories: Data Storage, HIPAA, Privacy, Security, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Your Home Router may be the Next Target

Death of an Operating System – XP OS

On April 8, 2014 the Windows XP Operating System will no longer be supported by Microsoft.  No more bug fixes and no more security patches to help keep the bad guys out of your computer.  So what now?  Some might suggest that they have security softwares like Norton and McAfee that will simply take care of any of their problems or perhaps a new firewall is the answer.  But some security experts have suggested the idea that some hackers are just waiting for Microsoft to abandon ship before they start to plunder computers still using the XP OS.  And it won’t be just the old operating system that will cease to be supported by Microsoft but also the support for Office 2003 ends as well.  It seems ironic that a product that has had such enduring loyalty as the 12 year run of the Windows XP OS is being thrown away while newer systems such as Vista and Windows 8 have been barely adopted at all.  To me that sounds like a message from the customers that they rely on and want good operating systems and will remain loyal if the right product is made. Amazingly enough sources on the Internet state that the old operating system still commands 40% of all business computers.  This is a high percentage for an old software which brings up even more questions concerning the cost of upgrades and what that will entail.  If a company has older machines that are not capable of running the new Windows 8.1 Operating System, they may be forced to upgrade their hardware.  New CPU’s may require new peripheral hardware and software not to mention that custom company software may not be compatible

By |March 12th, 2014|Categories: Security, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Death of an Operating System – XP OS

Tech Tuesday on KKOH Newstalk Radio

Today at 3pm Pacific time Technology Architect, William Sikkens will be chatting with Dan Mason on his KOH Newstalk radio show. You can access the radio show via the web by just going to KKOH.COM There is a red link button in the upper right hand corner of the website that says “Listen Live“. Click that button and it will start the stream. Topics for today will focus upon the death of the XP Operating System that is just a few months away, and how that will affect the millions of computers currently running that system.    Important concerns will be the dramatic costs of upgrades and how these changes can be implemented.  And the second topic for today is the continuing growth of "Wearable Technology" that is the product of the future.  Google is planning to play an active role in that future. The powerful Android platform is becoming an amazing tool for programmers and businesses to work with. So don't miss out and click on the link above and listen live via the Internet for the discussion. And for more information about Google and wearable technology, please check out this link on SiliconValley.com

Resume’ via Smart Phone = Job

Here's a chance for everyone to feel a bit older...  If you want to apply for a job, forget about walking into a company's location and introducing yourself with a nice crisp printed resume' in your hand. Instead you will submit it by a smart phone. My head is still spinning from this idea, but it seems to be the direction that things are going, and according to the article on Mashable.com, that is the future.  Apparently our facebook, Linkedin, and Google+ accounts are about to get a lot more important than they used to be.  Better stop playing those Zinga games and posting silly pictures about dogs and cats because your profile will be evaluated for it's content.  We have seen this happen in the past where employers would basically spy on their employees' personal lives and snoop around their facebook profiles, which in some cases resulted in dismissal.  Regardless of which side you take, snooping on someone's private life is less than admirable, but skipping work to go to a ball game and then posting on social media is just plain foolish. But now this concept of social media may take society in a step further into the complications of social pretentiousness.  Personally, I think Linkedin is the best place to cultivate a professional social profile while facebook is more geared for sharing vacation and family pet photos. To read more about this direction of technology and employment, please click here. G. Winkler (c) 2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology

By |March 5th, 2014|Categories: Employment, Smart Phones, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Resume’ via Smart Phone = Job

“Profiles in Business” features another interview with Technology Expert

"Profiles in Business" with Chip Evans will host another live broadcast featuring an interview with our very own Technology Expert, Bill Sikkens.  This broadcast will be on Tuesday, March 4, on KRNG 101.3FM at 1-2 PM Pacific Time - Bill's interview will be at 1:45PM. Show host Chip Evans of "Profiles in Business" Bill Sikkens speaks about a wide variety of topics concerning technology and how it is evolving on a rapid basis.  He expands upon on how that can effect our daily lives within the business community as well as our private lives at home and on vacation time.  We no longer live in a society where technology just touches one aspect of our lives. You can follow posts or send questions and comments via the America Matters facebook, twitter, or LinkedIn accounts.   And don't forget the We Are Technology team also has a special place for submitting technology questions or concerns for future shows.   Just look on the right hand side to find the Ask Your Question tab on www.WeAreTechnology.com website. G. Winkler (c)2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology

By |March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Radio, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on “Profiles in Business” features another interview with Technology Expert

More Technology Talk on KCBS – Feb. 28 at 9:30Am Pacific Time

KCBS is the World’s First Broadcasting Station.  The station started out as a hobby of scientist Charles Herrold.  Herrold and his engineering students scheduled their first programming in 1909 on a 14 watt transmitter in San Jose, a full 12 years before radio licenses were issued. KCBS is also among the most honored radio stations in the United States, winning every major national award for excellence in broadcast journalism. These awards include the Peabody Award, the duPont-Columbia Award, five Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence from the national Radio-TV News Directors Association, the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Crystal Award for public service from the National Association of Broadcasters. It is with great pride that Cumulus Technology will now take part in that long pioneer history of radio technology, and be alongside shows such as 60 Minutes and Face the Nation.  KCBS is now 105 years old.  The interview will be conducted by 30 year veteran of Northern California Radio, Stan Bunger. To check out the interview tune in at 9:30Am Pacific Time on 740 AM and 106.9 FM in the San Francisco Bay area or listen via the Internet.  Just go to the link http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/station/kcbs/ and click the "LISTEN LIVE" button on the right hand side of the website.

Cyber theft: First three weeks of February – 360 million stolen and abused credentials

Is your data secure? Are you HIPAA compliant? The amount of data theft is rising, or at least it is becoming more public.  Either way, the security concern over keeping your personal data as well as your company's data is now even more vital since cyber criminals are starting to discover that these databases are hackable.  Just recently one of our own clients had a cyber attack upon his business, and the only reason why his vital data was not stolen was that a proper firewall had just been installed.  If you are considering a software security upgrade, now is the time to do so.  Most especially if you are part of the medical, banking, or even retail industry.  Cyber theft is a reality that you cannot afford to ignore. Here is another article from the BBC that is worth reading. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26351123

By |February 26th, 2014|Categories: Data Storage, HIPAA, Privacy, Security, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cyber theft: First three weeks of February – 360 million stolen and abused credentials

Cumulus Technology’s very own Expert

Technology Architect, Bill Sikkens who is also the CEO and brilliant programmer of over 20 years for the We Are Technology brand by Cumulus Technology has embarked on a new twist in his rather diverse  body of professional experiences.  His unique software experience in designing and writing security, medical, and database systems has granted him the necessary expertise to be able answer important questions regarding the nature of technology today.   So when he approached local KOH Radio Show Host, Dan Mason, to see if he would be interested in having him on for a second time after a successful interview back in June 2013 in his quest to get the word out about the We Are Technology brand, fortune smiled on Cumulus Technology.    Bill received another invitation to join Dan Mason on his show to speak about technology, which has become the beginning of a wonderful series of interviews featuring our very own Bill Sikkens as a voice of technological expertise on several west coast radio shows. Starting with interviews with Dan Mason on KOH Reno, the Book Hound on Fox Radio, Morning News with Steve Leader on KXL Portland, American Matters with Dave Asher, Executive Director of Buy Local Nevada & the Green Business Chamber on Fox Radio, and the latest appearance on Profiles in Business with Chip Evans, Bill has just begun a series of on air appearances which will offer opportunities for the general public to have their technology questions answered on air.  If you would like to suggest topics that you would like addressed, please go to the Ask Your Question button on the right hand side of the WeAreTechnology.com website and submit your question. Photo taken during Bill's latest

By |February 20th, 2014|Categories: Technology, Wearable Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cumulus Technology’s very own Expert

The Green robot leaves the Apple in the dust…

Hand held devices are vital for modern marketing opportunities, and choosing the right one is essential. Knew that would get your attention. For those of you who are keeping track of the race between Android based products and Apple based products, here's an interesting bit of information for you.  This is especially useful when trying to decide what platform to develop your company Mobile App in. We generally suggest doing more than one, but if you had to make a choice and only do one, then this is the article that you should read. Android verses Apple in the market.

By |February 17th, 2014|Categories: Marketing, Mobile Apps, Smart Phones, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Green robot leaves the Apple in the dust…