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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! No tips or articles today, just a heartfelt thank you to all our friends for all we've shared.

May your day be Merry and Bright, spent in good company and good health, and may your Night be Silent, spent quietly with loved ones, or full of Good Cheer, celebrating enough for all 12 Days of Christmas--whichever you'd prefer.

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Fiction Friday: "Movie' on Up," Chapter 3

Phil and Pete shook hands as Terry made the introductions. “So, Pete, what you do?” Phil asked. “Tell me about your job.”

Pete took a deep breath and began to detail every challenge, every work-around, all the things that slow him down and all the things he had tried in an attempt to solve the problems himself. Phil chimed in with occasional questions or suggestions, and after five minutes of tech-talk, it was as if the two were old friends. “Wow. Pete, you’ve been holding this whole thing together for quite a while, haven’t you?”

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Can you cure cancer?

Creative people who need tech to do what they do are forced to learn terms and other technical information that simply aren’t taught in art classes. One of the hardest parts of shopping for tech is getting over the language barrier.

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Workflow

Not all workflows are obvious to anyone over the age of seven. Sometimes it gets really complicated, not just in who has what and whom they are supposed to pass it to, but in tech-steps. If the next process involves converting the file to a different format or uploading the file to a new program, that time has to be accounted for. If it took 4 hours every time a file had to jump through a tech-hoop and there were four steps involved, you’ve just blown your timeline by two whole days. Every step takes time, and any time between steps in the “I thought you were still working on that” category just make everything more frustrating.

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Fiction Friday: "Movin' on Up," Chapter 2

“Hi Terry. This is Kimberly from SkyTech. You put in a request through the website this morning—do you have some time to talk about your system?” She called about forty-five minutes before lunch the same day Terry had put in the request.

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Platform Agnostic

GB Labs products are all platform agnostic, which means exactly what it sounds like. They don’t care what operating system you are using. They can all plug in at the same time. Equally. GB Labs software also requires no licenses, with no proprietary issues along the way, at least none they caused.

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You didn't build your house...

You didn’t build your own house. In fact, you know if you built your house all by yourself, it probably wouldn’t stand quite as straight as it does. It probably never even occurred to you to build your house all by yourself because the idea is absurd. 

Why are you trying to do exactly that with your NAS/SAN system? 

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Fiction Friday: "Movie' on Up," Chapter 1

“We need a new Editing room,” Pete said, the same way he brought it up at every week’s meeting. “I’m working with older tech, and it’s really slow, and business has picked up. That means I’ve had to put in more hours, many of which involve me watching a loading screen.” 

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EVO Prodigy

The EVO Prodigy is digital media storage with built in asset management software—it keeps files safe and organized. All EVO products do that. This one is interesting because it takes the workflow and stability provided in a larger EVO system and makes it available for much smaller groups at a reasonable price. 

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Server Safari

Server Safari—the act of traversing the Serengeti of files stored on your hard drive to find one specific thing when you can’t quite remember what you called it or when you made it. 

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TIME TRAVEL

Ignoring all paradoxes and actual science, if we were to travel back to the beginning of time and stop every hundred years to look around, the difference between stops would be subtle at first. As technology was introduced to society, there were huge leaps forward that made obvious changes in daily life. Imagine on our 100s Time Tour watching the hills and farmhouses that have existed in one form or another since the beginning giving way to streets and skyscrapers from one stop to the next, with the streets and skyscrapers again reimagined at the next stop...

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Backseat Drivers

Ever been in the car with a backseat driver? Everyone hates that. No one wants to be told how to turn, how soon to signal, how fast to go, etc.

But what if you’re in the car with a relatively good driver, someone you trust, and everything is going well, but you see a road hazard—someone coming from a side street, or some other dangerous situation that it seems the driver doesn’t see. It’s not “backseat driving” to yell “Look out!” at a critical time, and no one in their right mind would say, “I saw the truck coming but I decided to let it hit us—I didn’t want to be rude.”

You boss is driving you somewhere. You shouldn’t ever be a backseat driver, because that’s a shortcut to a rather difficult work environment, but if your entire company hinges on the functionality of equipment that, let’s face it, your boss doesn’t have to use the way you do, and the proverbial fuel light is on, say something.

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Fiction Friday: "Getting it Done," Chapter 4

“Monica, Chris—my office, please.” Greg did not seem pleased. He waited until they were behind closed doors to begin. “I watched the video clip, Monica, and I saw that it went to the client as well—”

“Did it? Oh no.” Monica hoped she was convincing but she was pretty sure Greg knew it was intentional anyway. Not getting that cat back in the bag…

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SHOPPING

If your industry relies at all on tech, and just about all of us do, you are in a pickle. How do you make the best long-term choice for tech purchases when you don’t know what you are going to need down the road, you don’t know what’s going to come out tomorrow, and these are not the kinds of things you can afford to buy every year when there’s something new?

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Life-hack—LISTS

This isn’t something that everyone likes to do, but if we were honest, we all benefit from making lists on some level. As free-spirited as a person might be, a to-do list, shopping list, priority list, etc., keeps things on track.

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Fiction Friday: "Getting it Done," Chapter 3

Monica looked at the screen. She watched it for a moment, expecting something to happen, then realized that the screen had seemed unchanged the whole time she had been there. Since the monitor was the only source of light, if something had changed, she probably would have noticed. The longer it went on, the closer she moved to the screen, as though getting a better look would somehow unravel the mystery. She was about six inches from the screen when she found her voice.

“How long has it been like this?”…

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4 out of 5 Doctors agree...

Does the shared digital storage at your office give you headaches, stomachaches, confusion, anxiety, bad dreams, insomnia or other sleep disturbances, poor concentration or lack of focus, or, in extreme cases, symptoms of digital hoarding and paranoia that coworkers might lose your files? This can result in difficult work environments and relationships, and half-files stashed on scattered drives to prevent data loss only worsen the potential for problems.

There is hope.

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I won’t waste any more of your time…

I don’t have time to deal with that right now—I’m on a deadline.

I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard that. Guess what? Before you finish this project, you are going to start talking about the next one, so there isn’t going to be a good time if you’re waiting for a significant break, and when the “that” is your network, you are not only rolling the dice on a rather dicey bet, you are seriously shooting yourself in the foot.

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Fiction Friday: "Getting it Done," Chapter 2

“Ok, now I’m really confused. Who is we, what are we stuck on, who isn’t listening and what are they supposed to be listening to?” Monica asked.

“We is the company, or at least the video department. Them are the people who decide how we spend money, or at least the ones I have access to who take the message up the food chain so it can be rejected by someone I never get to meet. And what we’re stuck on is everything.”…

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