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Windows 8 – A danger to losing productivity

I am pretty good on a computer. I may not be an expert but I can do all the normal expected tasks on a computer that any employer would require such as using office type software, design software, browsers, adding software and hardware to a setup, and can change settings to customize the desktop for pictures, fonts, and screen sizes.   I don’t have any problems attaching files to emails and so forth and know how to update or add software like Adobe Acrobat to be able to look at pdfs files.   My first computer was an Atari with an ultra clear black and white screen with no actual hard drive.   We used the 3.5 floppy disks with software on them and relied on the ram D drive, which was like virtual or cache memory.   This all sounds very primitive now, but it was amazing to have for writing college papers and my own personal manuscripts.   I played a few games, but the computer was a vital tool for me for my education and my creative outlet, which was writing. Now I am faced with an unpleasant situation.   I have this beautiful Lenovo Ultrabook that is an i7, but I can barely make it work for the things I need to do.   I just got through having a Toshibi i7 that came with a faulty keyboard and a used hard drive, and no, it was not refurbished but brand new.   This last Toshiba was also the cause for the NetObjects software to not run correctly nor the Wacom tablet, and countless other odd problems that I have had to endure over the past years.   So I decided to never buy a Toshiba laptop ever again after

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

HIPAA HITECH

Cumulus is ready to certify you on HIPAA HITECH (Also known as HIPAA 2.0). You needed to be compliant by September 23, 2013. So did your vendors. Let us help you avoid the fine! What Exactly is HIPAA? HIPAA, short for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is a set of regulations first introduced in 1996 that regulate how electronic health records are handled by medical providers and medical billing companies. The new HIPAA HITECH introduces new regulations and clarifies some of the previous areas where exact implementation was hard to understand. One new area that HIPAA HITECH covers is that the vendors (entities that maintain, store or handle protected electronic health information) can also be fined along with their covered entities if they fail to meet HIPAA requirements.  In plain words - the computer guy that certified the doctor as being HIPAA certified can also get in trouble if the requirements are not met. How bad are the fines? Violations of HIPAA can incur very steep fines as well as, in some cases, criminal charges. The average fine can be around $25,000 - $50,000 per incident per provider. So if there is a medical provider with 3 doctors and protected electronic information is not handled correctly, a fine of $150,000 may be assessed.  This is the kind of fine that any small or medium sized business cannot afford to ignore let alone the original reasons why such regulations were made to protect confidentiality. Are there solutions? Cumulus specializes in HIPAA compliant medical software. We are a provider of HIPAA compliant cloud services for hosting of servers, databases and other information systems of protected data. In addition we offer on-site and server analysis to

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

The Amazing Trend of Wearable Technology

I think we are just beginning to see the start of the wearable technology trend.   And as time goes on more and more creative minds will find ways to make wearable technology a part of our daily lives.   It seems to me that the door was really opened by several key events to make this a reasonable reality: the devices are getting smaller and smaller, the technology is getting more reliable, and finally the introduction of wifi and Bluetooth technology. This design could be strapped to the belt or put into a pocket while the previous design was worn on the chest and a stethoscope style set of headphones were used. The next style was even smaller and silver in color. Anytime we can remove the electrical cord from the equation there becomes a wonderful freedom from that chain to the wall called the data cable or electrical cord.   It is easy to see how the cell phone has metamorphed from a giant heavy walkie talkie looking device with a large antenna poking out from the top to the sleek smart phones that don’t just do phone calls.   They are actually small handheld computers that allow us to play games, keep track of business and personal data, take photos as well as keep communication going.   I am still learning what my smart phone can do, and I am sure that I will never fully realize its amazing potential.   You have to realize that I bought it because it was a mobile telephone, and not for any of the other wonderful features it offers. When I was in high school the first signs of wearable technology coming to market were apparent

By |August 28th, 2013|Categories: Technology, Wearable Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Amazing Trend of Wearable Technology