Archive for January, 2009

Failure: The Secret to Success

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Making a decision at work sometimes feels like sliding a quarter down a slot machine. Every chance taken is a gamble between success and failure. But without placing bets or playing cards, can we find success and make our dreams reality?

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Waste Not, Get Sued

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Eddie House got so good at recycling, composting and reducing his waste that he decided to cancel his garbage service. The official response to his earth-friendly efforts? Sued by local government.

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Plan to Survive

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Henry Efroymson, partner at local Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller, offers nine advisories for companies in the current economic whirlwind.

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University to State: Consolidate!

Monday, January 26th, 2009

A Ball State University study explains how local government reform could save Indiana taxpayers $620 billion each year. The evidence is forty years of data on consolidation.

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Less than Due Process

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Police in Queensland, Australia, are releasing some criminals on bail rather than holding them in custody. The new computer records system is so slow and convoluted, officers are even reluctant to make arrests for fear of having to use the application.

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Cube Farms Are Unhealthy

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

An open-plan office might save on construction costs, but another study has demonstrated that cubicles lead to reduced productivity and increased stress.

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Reply-All for Gridlock

Monday, January 12th, 2009

State Department employees have been warned not to use the “reply-all” feature on their email programs, as a recent message storm nearly took down a major internal communication systems. According to the Associated Press, an accidental press of the shift key will invoke unspecified “disciplinary actions.”

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Outsmarting the Carjackers

Friday, January 9th, 2009

When Alan Heuss of Columbus, OH had his car stolen at gunpoint, he assumed the vehicle was lost forever. Then, he realized his cellphone could be used to trap the thieves. A deceptive text message tricked the criminals into revealing their location to the police.

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Excel Macro, You’re Hired

Monday, January 5th, 2009

The social media website Reddit, which encourages discussion on a variety of topics, recently hosted a message board conversation between programmers. The topic: “How many of you are working with at least 1 person who you could replace with an Excel macro?”

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Investing in the Competition

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

When the Sony Corporation partnered with IBM and Toshiba to design a new processor for the next generation PlayStation 3, everyone understood that IBM might someday sell the chips to another customer. However, no one thought to structure the tri-lateral agreement to prevent such a competitor like Microsoft from buying the processors before they were even finished.

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