Posts Categorized: The Internet of Things

Top Technology Tips:
#1 Don’t be intimidated, Embrace Technology

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Recently we started a discussion about technology tips for small businesses.  This week we will look at the most challenging of them all: Technology Tips: #1 Embrace Technology– Like there’s a choice in the matter. Computers, Internet, phones, fax, the Internet of Things, whether you’re a financier or a farmer, you can’t get by without technology.  The key is to know what technology to employ, and more importantly, whether you’re up to the task of… Read more »

Small Business Tech Tips for Today’s Digital Workplace

Why small business tech tips?  Because there are a lot of small businesses. According to the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council (SBE) and 2014 US census data, Businesses with less than 20 employees made up 89.4% of all American business.  When non-employer or sole-proprietor businesses were added to the group, the percentage hit 97.4. According to Forbes, small businesses are growing in every aspect, including new start-ups, productivity, profits, and payroll.  This is not surprising as… Read more »

Online Gaming Security:
Don’t Ignore the Risks – 13 Tips to Safety

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Online Gaming Security is a topic that many might overlook.  In his monthly security newsletter to staff, Jason Gay, Senior Director of IP/IT & Transport for OTELCO, offers some important information and tips for protecting yourself. Jason wrote: “While I realize that the topic this month, online gaming security, pertains to the security of your home computer and network, I do think it’s important to continue to be aware of the risks and threats from… Read more »

Internet is not a choice, Representative Sensenbrenner!

Having just finished a trip to visit family in New Jersey for Easter, I can unequivocally say that Internet IS NOT a choice. On the 6 hour drive down, thanks to OTELCO’s hosted phone system, with my cell phone, I was able to take calls that rang to my desk.  With a smart device I could keep up with email, and thanks to a hot spot was able to connect to the network to work… Read more »

Telecommuting and Working Remotely: Keeps the Wheels of Commerce and Business Turning in Maine

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Telecommuting has almost become a way of life for some of us in the past weeks.  Mother Nature has been seeing to that.  In fact, when I began writing this post, I was working from my home office since the OTELCO New England offices were closed on Monday due to the expected blizzard conditions.  Operationally, a skeleton screw of customer care staff was able to monitor incoming customer calls and address those that needed immediate… Read more »