Remember getting a 56k modem?

My first modem was 2.4kbps. When the 14.4 k modems came out, they were so expensive, I had to sell one of my children for scientific experiments so I could buy one.

When I finally got my hands on a 56k modem, it was like Christmas. We had an ISP business way back then called Hotkey Internet and the arrival of 56k meant we had to upgrade a lot of our equipment.

You have to feel for the poor kid in the commercial below. How embarrassing… only having a 28.8 modem at home!!!!!


The good ol' days

The good ol’ days


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3 Tips for Reviewing 2012 – New Post

I liked this article because it seems that all of us had a challenging year this year.

What will 2013 bring us?

What will 2013 bring us?

Some of us personally, some from a business perspective and many of us faced challenges on both fronts.

As always, I’m excited about the new year and the opportunities it will bring.

This article is written by Mat Rayback, Marketing Content Writer at StorageCraft



People always say that December is slow. I do not know what they are talking about. For me, December is always ultra-crazy, both personally and professionally. For example, this year, I had to buy a new car because I was in a car accident, plus my wife and I just had our third child, and now we are in the midst of buying a new house, selling our old house, and somehow making sure Christmas comes off without a hitch.

In spite of the controlled chaos, however, I find December to be an invigorating time. It is a bridge, a horizon, the meeting place of the dying year and the year still waiting to be born, and for me, there is a significance to that. I like to somehow carve out a little bit of time to consider the departing year, to look at my successes and my failures, and to figure out what I have learned. Or maybe to figure out what I should have learned.

Annual reviews are important for us both as individuals and as businesses, but I think we can use many of the same strategies to harness the momentum of the past and use it to propel us into the future. For what it is worth, here are a couple of tricks I use in both my personal and professional lives.

1. Think about the most interesting conversation you had this year
We all interact with hundreds if not thousands of people in any given year and many, if not most, of our conversations with them are completely inane. But somewhere in there, there is going to be some conversation that changed your life, even if you did not realize it at the time. The question, however, is did you let?it change your life, or did you just tuck it away?

In your business, this may be an interaction with a customer, an experience with a partner, or maybe something as innocuous as a passing comment from a friend. The point is, what did you hear this year that opened your eyes and helped you see things in a different way. If you have not already, now it is time to think about what you can do differently to acknowledge that difference.

2. Revisit your darkest hour
It may be painful, but I find it important to remember the moments during the year when things were the worst. Maybe you were super stressed, maybe your job stank, maybe you were struck by a true tragedy. In any case, take the time to remember all the various influences that led to feeling that way and then consider what has changed. Have you resolved those influences? Have you learned from them? What defenses have you put in place to protect you from them in the future?

I have found that it is way too easy to slog through some serious muck and then to just keep slogging. It does not get any better, I just get used to it. By taking a minute to consider the things in the year that really caused me pain, I can start making plans to improve things next year.

3. Consider what you know
One of the biggest challenges that any business faces is getting a handle on what is going on at any given time. Who is visiting your website? What are they doing? What do your customers need? What do they already have? How effective was this promotion or that sale?

In our own lives, however, we run into the same trouble. How is my family doing? Are they happy? Are they stressed? Am I doing everything I can to take care of them? What have I accomplished this year? Did I make any goals that I did not meet?

By taking an audit of what you know, you can make a plan next year to tackle that information you do not have. Keep in mind that this is not necessarily a goal-setting exercise. The point is not for you to focus on the things you did not get done, but to try and understand what you can actually reliably measure and then consider if that is enough, or if you need to do more.

The End
Standing on this doorstep between 2012 and 2013, take the time to think about the past and let it help you define the future. You do not have to use my strategies, but I encourage you to do some kind of year-end review, both of your company and of yourself, so you have the information and experience you need to succeed in 2013.

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The Premium Suite Upgrade for GALAXY S III, Part 1

There is a Premium Suite upgrade coming for the Galaxy S3. Some of the features sound very enticing. Multi Windows, contextual actions (plug in your earphones and the music player opens). I wonder how long Telstra will take to roll it out in AUS?

Apple need to lift their game. So much hype about the iPhone 5 but really a bit disappointing when it arrives. Now there’s already talk of an iPhone 5s or even iPhone 6. Will the loyal Apple following keep stumping up the cash?

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Is Microsoft On The Verge Of A Sudden Collapse Or Just A Long, Slow Decline?

Is Microsoft On The Verge Of A Sudden Collapse Or Just A Long, Slow Decline?

Interesting article. I’m not sure I agree with it entirely. Microsoft is a HUGE gorilla but the theory proposed (illustrated below) is that once the cards start to fall, they fall quickly. Related to Catastrophe Theory if you want to look it up.

What do you think?

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PWC’s 15th Annual Global CEO Survey

You can download it here

It’s an interesting read. One part in particular relates to the shortage of talent available. This has been an issue for a long time and perhaps it’s a reflection on the existing education systems not changing to meet the rapidly changing world.

One of the common themes throughout was the need for innovation to remain a priority across all industries.

I’d be interested to know your views on what you think the main issues facing your business are…..

15th Annual Global CEO Survey: Delivering results – Growth and value in a volatile world: PwC.

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