October 30, 2015

You know we like to keep it interesting around here, so we're late on this posting and it's on LinkedIn again... check it out.

Syzygy 3 LinkedIn Posting


October 15, 2015

A majority of the world processes an almost innumerable number of emails on a daily basis.  If you’re like us, you separate out the messages into three groups: the very important ones that require a reply or acknowledgment in short order; the somewhat important that requires attention before your head hits the pillow for the night; and finally the ones you only read when you have nothing left or want a brain-break.

For the majority of the business world, all that email winds up in a program called Outlook.  For those who don’t know, Microsoft Outlook is far and away the most used email program.  It is the personal information manager component of the Microsoft Office suite, serving as the helpful tool that organizes a user’s email, calendars, contacts, and more.

And while Outlook is a powerful tool, it does not "provide" you your email.  It doesn't give you an email address or a web domain.  The work to get you your email is done (in most cases) by one of four sight unseen technologies: Exchange (Microsoft), Gmail (Google), POP (from a multitude of providers), and IMAP (also from a multitude of providers).

In using Outlook to read, send, and organize their email, Outlook users are actually connecting to one of these technologies and Outlook is providing an organization for all the email data flowing to your address.  (There are numerous differences among these technologies, but that's for another post.)  The technoligies manage where your emails are stored, how they're processed, and what other functions you can perform on each email.  Outlook, therefore, is merely the software through which you receive and transmit messages.

So next time you open Outlook, think of it as the key that starts the engine to power your email communications.  And remember, just like a car, you don't see the engine, but you know its moving you forward (backward and around corners).


October 08, 2015

Walking around in Manhattan has become incredibly dangerous. No, I don’t mean that violent crime is up or that traffic has become any worse than it was before. Nope, it’s a much more insidious situation and it’s the crisis of the “technology zombie.”

Can’t speak for other cities, because I know of no major metropolis where people walk as much as NYC, but it almost seems like everywhere you look all you see is the top of everybody’s head.

-- Walking down the street directly into your path? Your problem, I have to text my buddy or else he might die.
-- Crowded crosswalk during the lunch rush? Not my problem, I’m still walking in a semi-straight line.
-- Eating in a restaurant with another human being? Yeah, think I heard you say this before so I’m going to bury my attention in Facebook updates.
-- That game I’m playing on the subway without earphones? You love those sound effects.

You get the idea, right?

We are in no way Luddites, but we do believe in universal courtesy, and when it comes to our mobile devices, most folks are far from courteous.

Now, let’s say you’re not much into other peoples’ feelings? More power to you, but you should also know that cell phone related injuries have been soaring and it’s not difficult to see why. If you’re walking with your head down and completely oblivious to the world around you, things are going to go wrong. The funny videos of people walking into walls or poles are all well and good, but those walking into the path of moving vehicles? Not so much.

Study: Cell phone-related pedestrian injuries soar

If it’s urgent, stop, move off to the side, and do what you need to do before continuing on your way. No one sees you as more important if you’re working and walking. They just consider you a PITA.