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Travelers who pack digital gadgets miss out on vacation

When I travel, I leave all the IT connections and digital gadgets at home. The only exception is the charger for my cellphone that I keep in the car for emergency use.

October 23, 2014

The rules of working a room

I went to a networking meeting last week hosted by a formal networking organization called Business Network International.

October 22, 2014

The Hunter Biden chronicles

Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden. Where are the Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousers and enemies of elitist privilege when you need them? Straining their neck muscles to look the other way.

October 22, 2014

One departure isnít enough: Clean out entire PUC

Sighs of relief were audible all around California the other day, when the embattled, disgraced Michael Peevey announced he would not seek reappointment to a third six-year term as president of the powerful California Public Utilities Commission.

October 21, 2014

Since when do we prosecute thought crimes?

Critics of big government charge there are so many laws that citizens commit three felonies a day. An attorney friend says that since 9/11, more than 5,000 new types of felonies have been created. Fortunately, most of us are not arrested for these new crimes.

October 21, 2014

Small gadgets that work well

Here’s an assortment of small gadgets, some so small they rarely get noticed, but useful in their own special way.

October 20, 2014

Don't fear current volatility; think ahead instead

After last week’s column and my comment on the markets not being too volatile in October, we’re halfway through the month and it has been very volatile.

October 17, 2014

'Six Californias' initiative failed on its merits

There is little doubt about why the putative “Six Californias” ballot initiative that Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper hoped to put on the 2016 ballot failed: It was and is a terrible idea.

October 17, 2014

Work for a jerk and love it

Yes, you can dedicate yourself to satisfying the whims and wishes of a most demanding, unappreciative, mercurial boss and find true happiness. I bet I got your attention.

October 17, 2014
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