Google’s New Docs App- Take Your Office With You

Google released the long-anticipated Google Docs app for Android this week.   The new app gives access to your all of your Google Docs content while on the go, and a few new tricks to boot.

You could always log into your Google Docs from your phone by going to docs.google.com, but the interface is a bit clunky and difficult to work with on small screens.  If you want to edit a spreadsheet from there, you reeeeally have to want to do it.  Google realized this, so they made a slick Android app that is more touch-screen friendly (sorry iPhone users- you’re still stuck with the web for now).  Larger icons and displays are the main improvement, but the overall functionality of Docs from your phone or tablet has been vastly improved.   Read more of this post

Jumping Ship – Moving Your Website to a New Host

In an non-work related conversation with a client the other day, the topic of website hosting came up.  This person got sucked into the “Godaddy Special”…super cheap hosting prices and domain registration.  GoDaddy‘s media blitz drives millions of people to their website, and they do offer some good package plans.  My client’s problem- GoDaddy has turned into the Internet equivalent of a used-car salesman.  Constant up-selling, confusing controls, and scarce assistance are causing real headaches.  He mentioned he’s also slightly embarrassed browsing to their website while at work as it looks like a cross between a Hooters commercial and soft-core porn.  Being fed up, the client is ready to change hosts.  The trouble is…and this is very common…he doesn’t have the slightest idea of how to do it.

I’m hearing this complaint more and more from my peers.  Not only is GoDaddy losing focus of  it’s core business, it’s making several questionable decisions that are turning people against the company as a whole.  CEO Bob Parsons‘ recent shooting of an elephant has animal activists up in arms, it’s TV ads are accused of being sexist by the watchdog community, and it’s customer’s grumblings have even caused waves in the social networking world.  People are jumping ship, and more would like to but have no idea what’s involved. Read more of this post

Password Security – You Need To Care

TOAST.net recently began requiring our customers to use a minimum 8 character password due to security enhancements we’re implementing. When contacting our users that were sporting such classic passwords as “abc123“, “fred“, or my favorite: “none“, I was a bit surprised at some of the responses we were receiving.  People seem to be reluctant to choose a better password for strange reasons:

  • I’ve been using the same password for years!
  • I can’t remember another password!
  • I don’t care about my password, there’s nothing important in there anyway!

I thought I would take some time to explain why password security is critical on any Internet account, despite it’s importance. Read more of this post

In For the Long Run – The Glass City Marathon!

Glass City MarathonThere’s some buzz that goes around the office this time of the year, as TOAST.net is once again sponsoring The Glass City Marathon.  The Marathon is always a good time, but the planning and coordination needed to pull the event together is a momentous task.  Organizing contacts, schedules, forms, and agendas is not a job for the feint of heart.  However, with a few tools and some behind the scenes know-how, we’re helping whip this monster into shape. Read more of this post

Microsoft Office Faces New Competition with Google Cloud Connect

 


To the Cloud!

Google has released Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, which allows users to save and convert their MS Office documents into Google Docs.  A free software plug-in attaches to MS Office apps and allows seamless conversion, sharing, and saving to Google’s Docs storage.  The reason this tool has Microsoft raising its eyebrows is it’s the first serious contender that could convince the corporate world to move away from Microsoft’s cash cow.  Do they have reason to worry? Read more of this post

Email Lists Hooked – Phishing Warnings Abound

Epsilon, an advertising company that handles emailing clients of many large companies, had a bit of a problem over the weekend with email lists falling into the wrong hands.  Somehow these massive lists were stolen, prompting a string of warning messages from the affected corporations.  The affected companies include many banks such as Capital OneU.S. Bank, Citi, Chase, retailers Best BuyTiVo, Walgreen, Kroger, and others.  I also received warning letters from Walt Disney’s travel branch and Ameriprise Financial over the weekend.  Epsilon announced on Friday that its system had been compromised, reporting lists of customer emails and names were released to unauthorized parties, but no personal information was included in these lists. Read more of this post

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