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Custom Software Solution

So why should anyone consider a custom software solution when the market place has so many of the “in the box” software applications that might solve their business software needs? This question has been pondered, no doubt, countless times in boardroom meetings and planning sessions amongst professional teams. Old and long trusted responses have been that custom software is too expensive, not necessary, or that a box software solution will work for awhile and then one can always upgrade. And then the final nail in the coffin on this discussion would be that if custom software was decided upon – who would write it? Great reason for a custom software solution. So custom software is too expensive – is that really true? In some cases custom software may indeed be very expensive, after all the software has to be designed, coded, and then debugged. And the initial cost and effort may seem daunting to some boardroom committees that may baulk at the prospect of bringing such a request to the finance department. But is the custom software solution really more expensive in the long run? How will custom software affect the company in the years to come? Will productivity go up because employees are no longer wasting time fighting with in box solutions that may require extra steps and time? Giving company professionals time to be creative or allowing them to focus on what they are really good at instead of fighting software systems that don’t compliment the company’s focus can prove to be very beneficial. Survival of a business requires the leadership to look at the so called “big picture” and see if one aspect of a company’s infrastructure can change productivity.

User Friendly the Radio Show

Yes, the We Are Technology Team has developed it's first technology radio show called User Friendly.  The original concept was for a TV Technology show that was brain stormed by the California We Are Technology Team, but since Bill Sikkens appearance on live radio had been  well received, a decision was made to first put together a radio show and then consider the TV show project. Today will be the first airing of the User Friendly Radio Show with Bill Sikkens as the host and several We Are Technology Team members filling the roles as co-host and interviewer.  Bill Sikkens has become well known for his appearances on Tech Tuesdays with host Dan Mason on KKOH on 780 AM radio.   The User Friendly Radio Show is currently set to air on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM PT on Fox radio 101.3FM and will be played on Fox Stations throughout the US.  If you can't get a chance to listen to the show on the radio, go to our Media Library page to find the YouTube links to the various appearances. Media library - click here. G. Winkler - Technology Artist - (c) 2014 Cumulus Technology - the "We Are Technology" people

Can Technology halt Climate Change?

Climate change and concern for the environment has been a topic ever since the Industrial Age began with massive coal fueled factories used to create large quantities of goods for a growing global population. It was obvious as technology progressed that a balance needed to be found. This has been expressed in literature and film starting with early thinkers like Jules Verne and more recently with writers like Dr. Seuss and Star Trek episode writers to name just a few. Regardless of what side of the fence one sits upon in regards to whether global warming is a reality or not – it still makes sense to not pollute or destroy the environment. Interesting map showing how the average temperatures in the U.S. have changed over the years. A couple of days ago various news sources addressed the topic of US climate change and they gave examples of situations throughout the US where changes in the weather has had a profound affect upon the population.   I found one of these articles and have included the link from the New York Times here. So what efforts have been made to curb the damage that is being done?   Reclamation laws for the mining industry, scrubbers for factory emissions, and recycle programs for residential waste to name a few, but obviously these efforts have not been enough. I think reducing pollution is like losing weight – one has to change their habits and make wiser choices and cut down on excesses. So what super awesome technology has come out that is assisting Humanity to change their habits and realize their goals of saving the environment and still being able to feed, clothe, house, and move the

By |May 8th, 2014|Categories: Radio, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Can Technology halt Climate Change?

Bugs, bugs, and more bugs…heartbleed bug, Yuk!

Yep, it looks like another rash of  the technology version of an illness.  Ugh.   The heartbleed bug is the latest concern.   ven the name sounds yucky, but regardless of the type of name, it is the same old story that someone wants to steal or destroy data.   This comes on the heals of the Windows XP  expiration of support and services, which could be bad for those who are not paying attention.   So I am sending out another article to herald to all those that love their computers and other tools of technology, make sure your IT crew knows what they are doing.  Be vigilant and informed and ask your IT crew questions and voice concerns.   These people are supposed to be your technological experts and if they aren't get yourself another IT crew.   We live in a day and age where your data is often vital to the survival of one's company.  In a short amount of time information that is key to your business could be damaged or destroyed costing you well into the thousands of dollars, and if you are the small business owner that price for not making sure data is secure and passwords are good could be the end of that small business. So keep informed.  Here is a link from the BBC for more information concerning the heartbleed bug. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26971363

By |April 13th, 2014|Categories: Security, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Bugs, bugs, and more bugs…heartbleed bug, Yuk!

Antigravity Technology Anyone?

If you ever want a truly humbling experience, try reading the CERN COURIER, which is the International Journal of High-Energy Physic produced for CERN by IOP Publishing Ltd.   I have browsed through it before only understanding glimpses of what they are discussing.  Some articles leave me feeling like a giant blank canvas, but when I do understand a few tidbits, there is a certain strange feeling of accomplishment like I had just survived climbing some high steep cliff.  One certainly develops a new appreciation for the people who do truly understand what is written within its pages. So some of you may ask, where or how did I gain access to such a journal of intense technology?  Well, you know that technology expert that we are always bragging about…. Bill Sikkens, well, he receives it, and that is because he is a quantum physicist.   So all that hubbub about him being an expert isn’t a marketing ploy or drama, it’s real.  So he had me read an article from the latest issue of the CERN Courier because it is about technology and the kind of technology that the rest of us regular folks can get excited about.  The only problem was after I read it, I wasn’t sure I understood enough to have anything to say. So here’s my take on the article…. Participants at the WAG 2013 meeting basically discussed a massive group effort from labs all over the western hemisphere to study gravity and antimatter.  It appears that different facilities can observe different levels or aspects of the study and the scientists have to go through many intricate procedures to create the right environment to be truly sure they are measuring what they

Interview with Larry Page at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)

The We Are Technology Team has a good relationship with Google and I found this wonderful interview with Larry Page on the Business Insider website.   I have never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Larry Page, but hopefully someday I will get that opportunity, most especially after viewing this interesting interview that really gives one an overview of what kind of future he hopes to see.  I love how sharing information can inspire other people emotionally, creatively, purposefully, and altruistically.  This is what I do for the We Are Technology Team – I write, organize ideas, and do art to help share information not only about our company and products but what is happening in the world of technology.  There is so much going on out there and I learn things everyday when I search for trends or advancements in technology.  I know I miss so many stories.  One can only read or listen to so many news articles before becoming over saturated, and that is why we re-share the ones that we find that capture our imagination and inspiration for technology. Technology should be about inspiring the mind to realize its full potential whether that would be in science, art, business, or even politics.  Regardless of the path of the individual, it should help one go in a direction of positive achievement. So please take a few minutes to allow yourself to dream and imagine how technology can inspire and help your goals for the future.  Watch the video or read the article.  It’s good to know what people are dreaming about around you.  Click here for the link. G. Winkler ©2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology – the “We Are Technology” people

By |March 24th, 2014|Categories: Google, Larry Page, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Interview with Larry Page at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)

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