Have you ever considered the number of “new” technologies that have become obsolete during your lifetime. Have you ever considered how much differently you might see the world if you had never come into contact with items like vinyl records of rotary phones. Let me introduce you to a hypothetical 8th grade student and tell you a few things about the world as he or she might perceive it. You might want to brace yourself for this:
Imagine if you needed to call 911 but were unable to, or in no position to, talk. Sure would be nice if you could text for help in an emergency. Now the Feds and major wireless carriers agree.
The Federal Communications Commission says the nation’s four largest wireless carriers have agreed to make emergency 911 texts available nationwide by May, 2014 and in some cases, a texting system for emergencies is expected as early as next year.
Under the agreement with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, more than 90-percent of U.S. cell phone users would be able reach 911 by text. This can help people in cases where a voice call could put a person in danger or help those with disabilities that prevent them from placing a voice call.
Would you be more apt to report an accident, person in distress or suspicious person if you could text 911 instead of calling?
Technology is changing the face of small business. Using technology and the latest tools, your business can gain recognition as well as increase your efficiency, profits, and leads. Here are 5 tips for using technology to help your business work more efficiently, cut costs, improve customer satisfaction, and stay ahead of the competition.
1. Close Your Business to Criminals
You wouldn’t invite criminals into your home or business. But, by not securing your computers and technology, such as not having adequate passwords, firewalls, backups and malware and spyware protection, that could be exactly what you’re doing.
2.Backup Your Business
Of all the technology tips for small businesses this one may save yours. According to a recent study, companies who experience a data loss or computer outage lasting for more than 10 days will never fully recover financially, and 50 percent of those companies will be out of business within 5 years. All Individuals, Professionals & Businesses need to have a reliable data backup. What would your first step be if you arrived you your office and it had been broken into the night before or your computer is stolen out of your car? If you have a reliable, current backup data, you will have one less worry. Once you create the backup, be sure you are performing a data backup at least once a week and test this backup data to insure it is recoverable.
3. The Phone Book Replacement
Just as you use to pick up a phone book to find a plumber or restaurant, you now use a search engine. Without a website, those prospective customers won’t know you exist. A business website is a sure fire way to be on par with your competition, gain exposure and increase profit and growth. According to research, almost 50 percent of small businesses do not have a business website. If you do not currently have a website, make this your priority. As well, make sure your website is not only viewable through popular Internet browsers (IE, Firefox, and Safari) but also on mobile devices.
4. Let’s Get Social
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest? Small businesses are faced with having to prioritize their resources toward the activities that deliver the most impact. But given the fact that 51 percent of Facebook fans are more likely to buy from a brand they like, not engaging with social media could curtail your business’s growth. We recommend starting with one social media site such as Facebook or Twitter. Trying to do too much too fast can not only be overwhelming but it can also prevent you from learning to effectively use each site. One of the biggest challenges with social media is time management. A Social media dashboard, such as HootSuite, will help you manage your social media time more effectively.
5. Making Your Business Mobile
From data collection to photos and video, mobile devices are finding their ways into many aspects of business operations. Yes, there are the basic functions: email, messaging, and entertainment, but you can also leverage the iPad (and mobile technology in general) to access data in the field, close deals from anywhere, stay connected and collaborate, have client data at your fingertips and even accept payments.
Incorporating technology into your small business can feel like a daunting task. However, it’s necessary for each and every business, big or small. To learn more about how technology can revolutionize your business, contact Burton Jay Computer Consulting for a free 30 minute Small Business Technology Consultation at (914) 747-5354
Even Facebook be gettin’ in on the fun, with a little hidden treasure in the form of a secret pirate mode! If ye be tired of Cap’n Zuckerberg’s plain English, here’s how ye scurvy dogs can mutiny.
Scroll ye cursor to the briny bottom of the Facebook page, all the way down to where them lubbers has typed English (US). Click ye that link o’ blue, then find ye the scrawl marked English (Pirate). Click ye again with that vile ship-infestin’ vermin.
Arrrr! Now yer status be your Captain’s Log. Yer friends be yer mateys, yer upcoming events yer Looming Grog Fests. I’ll not spoil the rest o’ the surprises for ye, mateys. But if this don’t put ye in the pirate spirit, then I be makin’ ya walk th’ plank.
When ye’s ready to sail back to Facebook’s old ways, just repeat the clickin’, but in reverse. Yo-ho-ho!
In celebration of “Talk Like a Pirate Day”, we’ve compiled a list of basic pirate lingo to assist you in communicating with land lovers
Ahoy! - “Hello!”
Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!” or “Get off!”
Aye! - “Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”
Aye aye! - “I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”
Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is going to win it all,” “I saw that television show, it sucked!” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’re ready to start expanding your pirate vocabulary. Try these for starters
Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.
Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship.
Bung hole – Victuals on a ship were stored in wooden casks. The stopper in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole. That’s all. It sounds a lot worse, doesn’t it? On TLAP Day – When dinner is served you’ll make quite an impression when you say, “Well, me hearties, let’s see what crawled out of the bung hole.” That statement will be instantly followed by the sound of people putting down their utensils and pushing themselves away from the table. Great! More for you!
Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. We won’t stop you! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so you can see why rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste. On TLAP Day – Drink up, me hearties! And call whatever you’re drinking grog if you want to. If some prissy pedant purses his lips and protests the word grog can only be used if drinking rum and water, not the Singapore Sling you’re holding, keelhaul him!
Hornpipe – Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do. On TLAP Day – We are not big fans of the capering, it’s not our favorite art form, if you will, so we don’t have a lot to say on the subject, other than to observe that the common term for being filled with lust is “horny,” and hornpipe then has some comical possibilities. “Is that a hornpipe in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? Or both?”
Lubber – (or land lubber) This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land. On TLAP Day – More likely than not, you are a lubber 364 days of the year. But not if you’re talking like a pirate! Then the word lubber becomes one of the more fierce weapons in your arsenal of piratical lingo. In a room where everyone is talking like pirates, lubber is ALWAYS an insult.
Smartly – Do something quickly. On TLAP Day – “Smartly, me lass,” you might say when sending the bar maid off for another round. She will be so impressed she might well spit in your beer.