This is the 33rd post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
I have the feeling that Barnes & Noble is going to have a very difficult time competing with Amazon. Barnes & Noble is seeing both traditional & digital book sales declining. It is extremely hard to compete with a company like Amazon that is willing to earn razor thin margins when you operate close to 700 retail locations that have major overhead costs asssociated with them.
Will Barnes & Noble go the way of Borders? At this point, I am going to have a hard time recommending a Nook product to my clients due to uncertainity about the long term viability of Barnes & Noble.
This is a MUST READ article. In my opinion, this is an issue that the federal government must address. I can't tell you how many of my clients have expressed their frustration about the high costs and lack of options they have when it comes to internet access.
If you read this article you will discover that other countries are way ahead of us when it comes to availabity of fast and affordable internet access. This will have negative effects on our ability to compete in a global economy.
Janell Burley Hoffman:
I applaud this mom for laying down some ground rules for her teenage son. I think it is very important to be an active parent and teach your kid healthy boundaries when it comes to technology.
Make sure to click the article link above to read the 18 rules that Janell laid out for her son.
I teach a class called Staying Safe In A Digital World and I discuss the importance of having an unique strong password for your bank accounts. The best password in the world won't do much good if your bank does not practice proper security measures.
My primary bank ING Direct will ask various security questions over the phone and if you don't know the answers they will snail mail you something to reset your password which should prevent someone from breaking into your account.
David Pell makes a compelling case in this blog post that the answer to a balanced life is simply turning off our technology.
I took eight days off in December in which I barely used any technology. It was awesome! I took a six mile walk yesterday where I didn't use my iPhone to text, tweet, or email. It was great!
I like to use Do Not Disturb on my iPhone between 10pm and 7am to limit interruptions at the end and beginning of my day.
I would encourage you to turn your phone on silent, ignore your email for a day, or take a vacation that is technology free and find some balance in your life.