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Web traffic encryption just got easier

The internet is moving towards towards encrypted web traffic. If you pay attention to the address window in your browser, you will notice that more websites are starting with “https://” instead of “http://”. Websites that begin with “https://” use...
February 8, 2016

Experiments with devices – Part 5, final thoughts

My Chromebook experiment had more ups than downs. My laptop came back from the repair shop yesterday (I just love AppleCare) and the Thunderbolt ports are working again. I had another inquiry about the pile of equipment in the...
February 4, 2016

Experiments with devices – Part 4, third day of work

I am expecting a Google Cloud Printer later today, and I need it to keep up with my work demands. Right now, I am sending documents to friends to print and I refuse to get a dedicated, directly attached...
January 28, 2016

Experiments with devices – Part 3, second day of work

The first thing I did today was to address my printer problem. In order to fully experience the Chromebook in a corporate environment, I needed to be able to print things. I checked the vintage of the department’s printers...
January 27, 2016

Experiments with devices – Part 2, first day of work

I resisted the temptation to use my laptop instead of the Chromebook for an entire weekend. My next challenge was to get through a week at work. With two full days of e-mail exchanges behind me and already being...
January 26, 2016

Experiments with devices – First weekend with a Chromebook

I have been in love with my Mac since I transitioned from a Linux laptop about five years ago. I didn’t start looking at new devices because I was unhappy. Instead, I studied what the under 21 crowd has...
January 25, 2016

VOLTTRON: At the Heart of a Better Quality of Life

Today and yesterday, Mark Lesswing and I were lucky enough to attend a software conference specifically focused on a product that aims to save homeowners money and make homes energy effective. This software is called VOLTTRON and in it’s...
July 24, 2015

Good Night

It turns out that the blue light emitted from our favorite late night devices disrupt sleeping patterns. When the room darkens, your pupils dilate, fully exposing the retina of your eyes. This makes the effect of blue light more...
December 24, 2014

CRT White Paper: The Shipping Container as a Home

Download the shipping container home white paper here. We asked Mary Martinez-Garcia, Manager of our Library Collection Development for Information Central at NAR, to explore the subject of shipping container homes for this paper and we are very happy...
December 10, 2014

Using Technology for Real Estate Agent Safety

NOTE: In the wake of the tragic death of REALTOR® Beverly Carter, real estate technology training director and writer, Tara Christianson, wrote the post below on her site, Agent Driven Tech. We want to thank Tara for putting such...
October 2, 2014