Anything from starting a business to working in a corporate environment.
With all the fights that broke out during Black Friday yesterday, Leo says that it's become more of a 'Jerry Springer' like event than a busy shopping holiday. Is it really worth getting up at 3:30 am and ending up in jail for tazing a fellow human being for 30% off one of last year's models? Leo doesn't think so. Maybe it's just plain safer to shop on Cyber Monday!
Microsoft has launched a store at Scroogled.com selling T-Shirts and coffee mugs. Microsoft's angle is that Google is reading all of your emails, watching and listening to you all the time. However, Microsoft also reads all of your email in order to fight spam. Leo thinks this is very disingenuous of Microsoft, and it's just a dirty trick.
The New York Stock Exchange has decided to learn from NASDAQs Facebook disaster and simulated a Twitter IPO to make sure that the NYSE could handle the traffic when Twitter's Stock goes live. Twitter's stock is expected to fetch around $17 a share, making the company worth about $10 Billion. Leo says it's very interesting that a company that hasn't really made any money should be worth so much.
Leo thinks the future of Microsoft is dim, and that the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia was a hail mary play. Microsoft's profits are still high, revenue is still billions of dollars a quarter, so the company isn't going away anytime soon. However, he doesn't think its a company to watch in the 21st century.
Breaking tradition of naming their Android flavors after generic desserts, Google has made a deal with Nestle to name their next version of Android "KitKat." Google claims there's no money changing hands, but there is word that promotional consideration will be done on the part of Nestle.
Jerry is rebuilding his business website with video and tips and wants to know what the best e-commerce option is. Leo recommends SquareSpace. They've just recently added an e-commerce platform that Leo says is excellent.
Another is BigCommerce.com, which is solely focused on e-commerce and will be a bit more expensive.
(Disclaimer: SquareSpace is a sponsor).
Steven has to install Office on about 30 PCs. Leo says it's called a deployed install. Microsoft has a program called PSExec from SysInterals. He'll have to put the installer on first. Windows IT Pro has an article on how to do it.
SysInternals has tons of great tools that any budding IT guy should have in his quiver.
Ross owns an auto shop and he'd like to start scanning documents to manage them in the computer. Leo says that optical character recognition (OCR) is a key feature in order to glean the data from the scanned forms. Leo recommends OCR scanning software from Nuance.
Futurist and mega geek Ray Kurzweil is being hired as Director of Engineering at Google. He's a proponent of the Singularity theory, where computers will reach the point of being indistinguishable from humans.
Futurist Ray Kurzweil joins Google, will focus on machine learning and language processing (The Verge)…
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that the company has passed over a billion hours in video streaming. But in announcing it on Facebook and Twitter, he may have violated SEC rules about informing investors properly and could be subject to civil action.