App development on the Mac

I started working in my spare time a week or so ago on building my first iPod/iPhone app using Apples Xcode and App Builder tools, and right off the bat I noticed something unique about these applications; they are intuitive and well developed. The interface for both applications is clean, and uncluttered, cut down to … Read more

Installing application templates with Microsoft SharePoint Services

I've been spending a lot of time working with SharePoint lately – or maybe still… I have been setting up a new portal, and several sites trying to get everything configured to be useful to the folks I work with. I came across the Application Templates supplied by Microsoft a few months ago and began … Read more

Can Facebook mingle with corporate America and still play nice?

I have been talking quite a bit about Facebook and social networking with folks and the topic of how best to incorporate your personal life into your professional personae has come up quite a bit. While the least complicated solution is to not mix them at all, and leave Facebook as a personal friend portal and direct any colleagues to a LinkedIn profile, however, that may not always be the preferred solution. For a large number of folks in the business world over the age of 30, social networking is something that is not as simple as it is for younger folks. Many people are a lot more cautious and consider who they add as a friend in their network, while also being concerned about what information they divulge online.

If I use myself for a minute, it’s pretty easy to find information about me online. Within the top 20 results you can see the top 10 social networks I use, where I work, some of the stuff I have done at work, and find out about my Liver Transplant just over 2 years ago; without spending more than 5 minutes looking. That’s all pretty superficial sure, but other things you could find online if you happened to be connected to me somehow on facebook could reveal a lot more once you consider what can be revealed by friends who might tag me in a photo or note. Just take a look at what’s happening to Michael Phelps right now, all because someone took a picture of him at a party and sold it. This could just have easily been launched by a photo uploaded to Flickr or a Facebook profile. Granted this would be a non-issue for the vast majority of people, but it’s a great example of how other people can affect your life in a big way with a single act.