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Windows 10 and the stress of Windows 8

Those of you who know me or follow our company's social media may know that I had to recently purchase a new laptop and was forced into using Windows 8.    And if you look at the amount of social media and company blogs that have been written, you can tell this happened in early August since there are very few blogs and other posts.    My laptop is a vital tool for what I do.     It's like the handyman who carries a tool box - we need these tools to get the job done. Yes, we have thought of going backwards to Windows 7 since that actually worked, but the new operating system and having to reload has caused software problems.    Some stuff is missing and we can't find the disk or some crazy software company has said we could only have one install despite the fact that we purchased the program and own the darn disk.     It's nothing but nightmares.    I hate reloading the laptop, which also causes nothing but nightmares.    Yes, I can hear someone out there saying to store stuff on the cloud and use software on the cloud.     That's okay for people who don't write novels and want to protect their property and people who don't use software like Photoshop and ACAD software.    These programs need to be on the hard drive and not relying on some Internet connectivity to make it work correctly.    Work can be too easily lost.     And being an artist - we don't react well to losing hours of work and then losing the zen moment of creativity that is lost by malfunctioning tools.    Having to be connected to the Internet to do anything removes one's

Dropbox – scanning for copyright?

How does that innocent looking icon on your desktop really work? Everyday new tools come out of the cloud for us to use to make work and everyday life just a little bit easier, and Dropbox is just one of those neat tools that did just that.  One no longer has to be networked together, or have a huge email file capacity, or a giant thumb drive to pass documents between computing systems.  One can simply use Dropbox, but is there something insidious going on?  Yes?  No?  Maybe?  With so much concern about privacy and Internet rights going on perhaps you should read the article posted on techcrunch.com and make a decision for yourself. Here's the link to read all about the latest concerning Dropbox.

By |March 31st, 2014|Categories: Data Storage, Mobile Apps, Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dropbox – scanning for copyright?

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

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…

On Radio today!

Today at 4pm Pacific Standard time William Sikkens, our Technology Expert, 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.  The topic today should be the latest trends and advancements in technology.

Smart Phones keep getting smarter

Smart phones are such a growing important part of our lives and we, the technology hounds at Cumulus, love seeing how the technology for these devices advance and change each year.    Apparently, Corning has created an anti-bacterial glass for cell phones, which if you have ever had a cold and had to carry around your phone and use it, you know that you have probably covered your treasured communication device with all sorts of stuff that you don't want to share with another or re-introduce into your own body system.  The glass is made with silver, which is a long used metal for preventing the spread of germs.  Does that surprise you?  Have you ever heard of the idea that someone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth?  Well, silver baby spoons were preferred to protect the health of young children since their bodies were more fragile to the ravages of illnesses.  It was better to prevent it and that was the reason why parents would use silver spoons for the their young children. I think the introduction of this kind of glass will only enhance the practicality of using smart phones and other devices that require hours of personal interaction with human beings.  I know that after I had recovered from being sick, I would take anti-bacterial disposable wipes and clean my keyboard and mouse to prevent the spread and re-introduction of germs. Please enjoy the article, CES 2014: Anti-bacteria Gorilla Glass announced, by the BBC - they are excellent writers. G.Winkler (c) 2014 Cumulus Technology, Inc.

By |January 6th, 2014|Categories: Smart Phones, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Smart Phones keep getting smarter

Las Vegas Ribbon Cutting

Cumulus Technology is proud to announce our Las Vegas ribbon cutting scheduled for November 13, at 3:00 p.m., at our office on the Strip at 101 Convention Center Drive.  Cumulus Technology is an international company and industry leader in cutting edge application development.  Founded 17 years ago in Nevada in 1997, we have since grown to a client base in over 20 countries.  Our flagship brand, WeAreTechnology (and our website WeAreTechnology.com) are presented for the needs of the business professional.  In fact our only model is business to business, working with everything from enterprise clients with hundreds of locations to small business America.  The idea is simple, provide the software, applications and technology a business requires at a price that focuses on ROI.  In addition to just writing software, we are able to offer services for placement.  For example, we can create a first class phone Application and the ability to get your customers to download and use the software thereby increasing your business.  In addition, Cumulus features encryption technology specialists.  Our brand WeAreHIPAA.com focus on medical HITECH HIPAA compliance and features a 1:1 dialogue and onsite review designed to avoid the fines and penalties, and above all, keep your data safe.  As HIPAA compliance is the most stringent commercial application of protection of data, these high standards are applied to all software systems we design. Let’s talk about your project.  Please drop by our ribbon cutting or call/e-mail us and schedule a session with a Technology Architect today!  It’s free and we can get your ideas on the road to success! See you in Las Vegas! by William Sikkens  ©2013 Cumulus Technology, Inc.

PHP Cocktail Mixer

NBB hopeful waiting The Cumulus Technology Team had a great weekend spending time with the crew of Next Best Bartender, which is an up and coming reality TV show being produced by talk show personality, Stevie K. and Film Producer Kevin Kellum.  Saturday, September 28 was the first casting call in Reno, Nevada for the participants that will compete for bragging rights and a combination of cash and prizes worth 25K.  Some of the Cumulus Tech Team was tempted to audition, but the rules are that one has to be 21 years of age, not a professional bartender, and one cannot be affiliated with the production team, and well, Cumulus Technology are the technology Judges: Harvey Lowery, Stevie Kellum, and Joseph Squellati advisers to the show, not to mention several members are Executive Producers as well.   But what a sight to see! Approximately 30 hopefuls showed up for the small town audition at the Rise Nightclub.  They were all filled with enthusiasm and butterflies as they each took their turn to be interviewed.  Later that night the announcement of the winners was made with a great deal of excitement.  I wonder if those participants know how much this could change their lives? Next weekend, October 5 will be the second set of auditions for Inside Rise Nightclub the show at the FACES Nightclub in Sacramento, California.  This will prove to be a much bigger crowd from the capitol city of the Golden State, and the Cumulus Team plans to attend this event as well.  And for those interested in being part of the new reality TV show and cannot make the Sacramento Casting Call, there will be a third