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HP Sprout: A new kind of computer

When you think of innovation in personal computers, it’s usually Apple that comes to mind. But you might be surprised to learn that one of the most innovative computers in recent years has come from Hewlett-Packard’s printer division in San Diego. In fact, Apple’s innovations can’t compare, as the company is mostly focusing on increasing display resolution, using faster processors and making thinner housings.

November 17, 2014

Energy efficiency saves money down the line

Energy-efficiency measures are the best way to reduce your carbon footprint while saving on the utility bill. Energy-efficiency tools and practices have come a long way in the past decade and those operating multifamily properties have the most to gain when it comes to taking advantage of the cost-savings aspect of energy efficiency.

November 17, 2014

Who needs a political party?

Neither devoted Republicans nor dedicated Democrats are happy about one obvious message of this month’s election:

November 17, 2014

Possible troubles overseas make Qualcomm less attractive

A couple of weeks ago I got a call on my radio show about Qualcomm, which had just taken a small beating in the stock market after reporting earnings. The numbers, as I reviewed them, looked pretty good but, as I always say, you have to understand the business. There were some items that Qualcomm brought out that could be a problem for the company in the future.

November 14, 2014

Achieving work-life balance can be done

I’m a big “Today” show fan. It’s something about the morning ritual of a cup of coffee and the mix of news and entertainment, all brought by the likable, familiar cast that has powerful, successful women.

November 14, 2014

Us and them, us versus them

Many species exhibit inclusionary as well as exclusionary behaviors.

November 14, 2014

Charging EVs gone wild, or zero-to-60 in 3.2 seconds

A major barrier to adopting electric vehicles is “range anxiety,” a sensible consideration that can become genuine panic when you are the owner of an “empty” electric vehicle looking for that currently very rare thing: an operable public charging station conveniently located where you plan to be, live or work.

November 13, 2014

The most interesting man I ever met

Malcolm Muggeridge was a friend of mine, from the day we met over tea at the Huntington Sheraton in Pasadena in 1965, until the day he died, Nov. 14, 1990 – 24 years ago today.

November 13, 2014

Desmond Tutu: ‘They are lickspittle’

During a recent trip to southern Africa, Linda and I read the above headline in the “Cape Times,” the dominant daily newspaper in lovely Cape Town, South Africa.

November 12, 2014

Are you the toast of your meetings?

I’m giving a 10-minute talk at Toastmasters in New York City tomorrow night. Subject? Humor — what it is, how to create it and how to use it.

November 12, 2014
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