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  • Productivity's very human limitations

    Productivity is an unwieldy sounding word but it comes up a lot in IT speak, usually as a promise or an outcome. "Increased productivity" is the favourite - well, people are hardly likely to trumpet "decreased productivity" in the... 

  • How many succession plans do you need to succeed?

    Apple shareholders have been getting very exercised about what will happen when CEO Steve Jobs leaves the company. They want a succession plan. There are suggestions Apple already has one in place anyway, but personally I'm bemused by their concerns.... 

  • Would you let your employer access your Facebook account?

    There were two interesting Facebook related stories over the weekend. The first involved a Spanish Dominican nun who was asked to leave the order, after 35 years, for supposedly spending too much time on Facebook. The second involved the Maryland Dep... 

  • Time to talk to the tech bosses about growth not cuts

    The US president Barack Obama seems to have recognised the value and worth of the tech sector having completed two meetings with IT bosses in the last few weeks. Earlier this month he had Michael Dell plus the Symantec and Ricoh bosses in the White ... 

  • Hells bells, wheels come off Dell Streak stunt

    I laughed out loud at the story about the Dell staffers arrested after a PR stunt went badly wrong. Hats off to the marketing geniuses who decided it would be really smart for someone to run through densely staffed areas at the company's HQ dressed i... 

  • US companies want to bring their money home

    An interesting story which originally appeared in Forbes, has revealed that a consortium of companies - Cisco, Oracle, Apple and Pfizer among them - are lobbying the US government for a tax holiday to repatriate as much as $1trillion banked in overse... 

  • Insight takes a hit on LAR changes

    Ouch. Insight has predicted that the changes to Microsoft's fees for LARs (large account resellers) could make a dent of $5m to $10m in gross profits. Not turnover, profits. Insight says it is "implementing action plans intended to help mitigat... 

  • HP's video nasty

    Yet another entry in the long list of "feeble cringeworthy attempts by technology companies to look cool" category at the Grammy awards last night (13 February). Someone at HP had the idea of taking Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side - which ... 

  • Project Merlin: a bonus for small businesses or the banks?

    Much fanfare from Chancellor George Osborne and the banks about their agreement to lend £76m to small and medium sized businesses. According to the Banks' Statement on Project Merlin, the amount is 15% higher than they originally forecast becau... 

  • The ups and downs of the SME market

    Today's announcement of a new business range of Drobo products from Data Robotics, based on its BeyondRAID technology that allows users to mix and match drives, is another instance of a company moving up from the consumer and very small business into...