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Today, almost every major corporate meeting and event needs to be reimagined and staged to work for both in-person and online audiences. I'm excited to announce our new partnership with Verizon to offer BlueJeans Premium Production Services powered by The Palmer Group. Continue Reading →
The first time I saw the word "Metaverse" was in Neal Stephenson's 1992 sci-fi novel "Snow Crash." The word has evolved over the years to describe immersive virtual worlds. These environments can be experienced on your computer on a 2D screen, but are best experienced using technology such as VR, AR, XR, MR, etc. This is where Facebook believes we/they are headed, and they are assembling a high-powered product team to get us/them there. Continue Reading →
According to the AP, Amazon is pushing a service called "Key for Business" as a way to cut down on stolen packages by making it easy for Amazon’s delivery workers to leave packages inside apartment buildings and office lobbies, rather than outside. Continue Reading →
Today is a great day to have a chat with your team and go over your business resiliency and business continuity plan. If you get hit with a ransomware attack this afternoon, what happens? Who gets notified and in what order? Who initiates the restore protocols? How many hours, days, weeks of backups are available? Which servers go back online first and in what order? Continue Reading →

REvil Has Gone Dark

REvil, the ransomware gang that attacked meat supplier JBS Foods this spring and a major IT software vendor this month, has mysteriously gone dark. Its websites are gone and there has been no word from their spokespeople. Continue Reading →
Mike Novogratz
Mike Novogratz has a good reason to believe that crypto is valuable. In March 2021, he revealed that cryptocurrencies made up nearly 85% ($4.8 billion) of his $5.65 billion net worth. But is crypto useful? Continue Reading →
Amazon Sidewalk
If you have an Alexa-enabled device or any Amazon device that is Amazon Sidewalk-capable, you are automatically opted in to sharing up to 80Kbps (capped at 500MB per month) of your WiFi network with Amazon and your neighbors. After I tell you how to opt-out, I'll tell you what it is and why Amazon thinks it's a good idea. If you want to use the service and lend part of your WiFi network to Jeff Bezos, you don't need to do anything. You are opted-in unless you do the following. Continue Reading →

Is Crypto Dead?

Crypto Crash
For crypto speculators, newbies, and "get rich quick" thrillseekers, last week was tough. The Chinese government re-signaled its displeasure with bitcoin and all things crypto, the IRS announced it is going to do what it can to tax every possible crypto transaction, and Elon tweeted, scaring the hell out of people who pay attention to him. Panic ensued. When it was over, Wednesday's crypto crash vaporized about $1 trillion of market value. The currency may be virtual, but for those who sold at a loss, the losses were real. And while it came back a bit after the crash, this rollercoaster ride is getting even more extreme. Which is why it is no surprise that so many well-respected businesspeople and financial experts chose this past week to declare that crypto is "valueless," or "nutso," or "dead." But think about this... Continue Reading →
You'll read a lot today about the $5 million in cryptocurrency that Colonial Pipeline paid to its ransomware hackers. You'll read a lot today about how the FBI discourages ransomware victims from paying their hackers. You'll read a lot today about how fragile and vulnerable our infrastructure is. Pay close attention, and do your best to separate out the facts from the fear-mongering. Continue Reading →

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