Tech Sensibility: The Newsletter (Feb 2016)
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- Protecting yourself from cyber intruders is only half the battle. You also need to have a strategy ready in the event that your privacy does get compromised. Make a list of all your accounts, credit cards and services. Know who to call and in what order. Having a plan will help you keep calm and act fast in case of a mishap.
- When you forward an email to others, review its entire content to make sure it is appropriate for everyone. There could be sensitive information inside the body of the email that not everyone should be privy to.
- Before buying a device like a printer, Wi-Fi router or even a cell phone, take some time to Google it, not only for the best price but for any obvious problems. Reviews by official sources like IT magazines do not address actual device usage over time. Look for information on user forums by Googling terms like "Model X issues" or "Model X problems". Hardware and software can have issues that only show up in specific cases, and you want to make sure they work for all your needs.
- While new smart phones invariably feature innovative enhancements, batteries may be a bit late to the game. Battery advancements take place at a much slower pace compared to smart phone technology in general. Until the next generation of battery technology becomes available, use features like auto-brightness that automatically adjusts your phone's screen brightness to the environment light. A smart phone's screen consumes a lot of energy and enabling auto-brightness will save you a good amount of battery life.
- It is a common practice in some professional or personal settings to share accounts (username/password) to systems or shared devices like team laptops. If you work in a highly regulated industry like health care or finance, it could be against your organization's policy to share generic accounts. Regardless of the official policy, it is best to use individual accounts rather than a generic one in the interest of additional security and accountability.
A well-managed company should strive to incorporate the highest ethical standards of honesty, transparency and openness in every aspect of the organization, as well as in all internal and external business transactions.
Ethics cannot be compartmentalized to specific organizational departments. It must exist throughout the entire organization and manifest itself in every short, medium, and long-term decision. Making ethical decisions should be the responsibility of all employees, regardless of their position within the organization. Ethical resolutions should be encouraged by incorporating ethical behavior within the company's culture.
Being ethical in all business transactions is not only the appropriate thing to do, it is also an effective business concept. With its focus on fast growth and generation of returns for its investors, it is important for any company - be it a startup or one that has been in operation for many years - to make excellent first impressions when hiring its employees, managing its investors and serving its customers.
The biggest factor in determining whether a venture capital will fund any company is its management team. Investors want to be assured that the company they fund has the integrity and business ethics to treat its investors, employees and customers with dignity and good sense.
In today's intensely competitive economy, risking dishonest business undertaking can spell a premature end to the company's business goals. In order to build honest and valued relationships with its investors, business partners, and customers, ethical behavior should be embraced and an ethical code of conduct adopted.
To maintain high ethical standards, the expectations should be established from the outset, and guidance should be provided along the way. Values, once compromised, are hard to reclaim, and principles should not be compromised nor the rules bent in an effort to stay in business.
Procrastination is a very bad habit. At least that is the mantra that many of us have been indoctrinated with since the days of book reports. The premise upon which procrastination does more harm than good is that it holds you back from fulfilling projects and plans, and this lack of productivity may even lead to stress and poor health. But according to some recent findings, procrastination may offer some new unanticipated benefits. Delaying a project may actually foster creativity. For example, when assigned a writing task, an individual who gets on the assignment right away may rely on her initial and, notwithstanding, most conventional ideas. The result may in turn reflect other already-existing ideas and writings, without spurring any new thinking. Delaying the task, on the other hand, may cause the writer to let her otherwise undeviating thoughts wander into unusual, inventive ground. Another notion is that when we complete a task, we tend to mentally dispose of it. Yet, the longer the project remains unfinished, the longer it remains mentally active. Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton and The Dalai Lama are some well-known, successful procrastinators. The key in using procrastination as a tool to trigger innovation is finding the right balance. Letting it go too far can actually lead to inhibited and constrained thinking, i.e., waiting until the last minute to complete a project which can cause you to rush and rely on the easiest idea instead of coming up with a new one. Lowering your standards of what an ideal outcome would be, as well as setting aside designated windows of time, can help you avoid most pitfalls that many of us have come to fear about procrastination.
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