For the Love of Innovation, Stop Brainstorming! The concept of “brainstorming” was invented in the 1960s by a few men on Madison Avenue. Although it has been resoundingly debunked as an idea-generating method, we still use it whenever we need to come up with innovation. The reality is: Brainstorming actually stifles innovation. Here is a new definition of “brainstorming” and a better way of creating innovation within your company.

12 Must-Have Office Technology Upgrades You Didn't Realize Would Make a Difference Sometimes, new gear can increase your productivity and make your workday easier. That's where this 12-point guide can help you add some useful tools that can really have an impact.

The 4 productivity applications I loaded on Windows 8 as soon as I had it running the way I lked.

SSD Hits Growth Pains on the March to Mainstream Use SSD seems to be having a tough time going mainstream. Error rates are going up as the manufacturers try to shrink memory and to increase capacity. So SSD makers are letting the drives ship with errors, just like the hard disk guys do, and to install error correction on the controller. But the solution doesn’t handle wear leveling, the slow erosion of the memory cell’s usefulness.

Vint Cerf, Vampire Slayer One of the fathers of the Internet discusses its future – and the issues techies should have as top-of-mind. For instance: You think SOPA and PIPA are dead? Better get your wooden stakes sharpened.

“But, Boss! I Have to Work at Home! The President Said So!” The U.S. government implemented the Federal Telework Act in 2010. We look at how it’s working out, its successes, where it needs to improve – and how it can save your business money.

Why IT Is in Danger, and Why Companies Should Care Are IT leaders becoming strategic thinkers or marginalized workhorses? Diann Daniel explains why the IT landscape is changing, and how you can use it to your advantage.

The sheer volume of information that big data brings is going to change the way we make decisions, but whether that's a good thing or not is debatable.

Companies Really Are Moving to the Cloud - Droves

How To Know When It's Time to Bring in an IT Consultant Budget-conscious businesses usually wants to keep software development and IT services in-house. But sometimes it's better for the company to bring in a specialist.

How Mere Mortals Can Create Secure, Memorable Passwords We can do a hell of a lot better than the feeble 123456 routine. And we most certainly can stop reusing passwords, thereby leaving the door wide open if one account gets compromised. Here’s how to create passwords that might protect your security, and you might remember, too.

Last year saw some initial implementations of “augmented reality,” primarily in the marketing arena. But with the increasing penetration of smartphones that have various types of sensors (such as GPS, cameras, and motion detection), augmented reality is predicted to see more action in 2012. One application that benefits, for example, is RFID. Here’s where augmented reality technologies will gain traction and in which industries.

Two identical companies using the same technology will get different results. Here's one major reason why.

The 16 Linux Shell Commands Every Desktop Linux User Should Know

6 Ways to (Discreetly) Share Your Photos Online You have just returned from a corporate retreat, open source sprint, or another event that was well documented by several amateur photographers. Now you want to share all of these pictures amongst your group. The challenge is that you want to keep the photos private among the participants, and not plaster them all over the Internet. What to do? David Strom compares six services that can balance security and ease of use.

Hiring someone to do your web development? These interview questions are intended to help hiring managers (and businesspeople who are not necessarily techie) find the dream CMS pro. Lisa Vaas helps you learn which questions to ask, whether you're looking to hire somebody to function in out-of-the-box template land or you need a content management system integrated-with-everything-but-the-septic-system kind of specialist.

How to Take Care of Flat Screen Monitors In almost every way, flat panel monitors are an advance over their CRT predecessors. However, it's easy to overlook the differences between them – until you have to start replacing damaged flat panels. Things that are harmless on CRTs, or even recommended practice, can ruin flat panels — especially improper cleaning. Here's how to get your people to treat their flat panel displays right.

What's In YOUR Computer? How to Track Down The Bad Stuff A lot of bad stuff doesn't appear to interfere with your systems' operations while doing everything from running a zombie network to acting as a store for stolen software. Here's how to find out if you've got a problem and what to do about it.

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In the name of security, we have too many passwords and ironically that could end up making your systems less secure.

Why Introverts Make Such Effective Social Engineers Social engineering is an outrageously successful hacker scheme to steal personal and company info. But one surprise about this type of thievery is that introverts are far more successful at human hacking than extroverts (who are more likely to be victims). In fact, many extroverts learn introvert traits to win at this security-breach human hacking game. Now how can that be, you ask? Here’s how…