As you all may have guessed, I am into computers in one form or another. I am a long time POS software and hardware installer. When not working, I enjoy helping friends and family with their computer issues. I thought it would be nice to network with other professionals and perhaps bounce a few things off of you guys once and a while.

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Uh-oh. When Barack Obama promised change, this wasn't what Wall Street was hoping for. The market was down, big time, today as investor came to grips with an Obama administration and its taxing impact on the investor class. Today's Yahoo.com headline said it all: "Stocks fall as investors ponder Obama presidency" Reports Yahoo: "A case of post-election nerves sent stocks plunging Wednesday as investors, again anxious about a recession, began questioning what impact a Barack Obama presidency will have on business and the overall economy. The Dow Jones industrials dropped more than 400 points and the major indexes all fell …

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As layoffs mount in every industry across the nation, there's no shortage of advice on how to avoid or cope with them. Suggestions range from taking some time off to catch your breath to jumping right back on the in the saddle after your last paycheck clears. It's difficult to know just who or what to believe, but one thing is clear. Layoffs and job loss are very tough on people. For some expert advice on what to do if you think you're about to lose or job, or have just been handed your pink slip, I spoke with career …

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In the run-up to Inauguration Day, just about has been everyone speculating on what changes our newly-elected president will bring to the table. Naturally, we talk a lot around DaniWeb about how Obama's plans will affect the tech sector. As long as everyone else is making predictions and suggestions, I might as well too. I'd very much like to see a focus on developing the technology infrastructure of this country. Most urban areas have DSL and high-speed fiber optics (and the lucky ones even get WiFi), but there are plenty of rural areas that are still struggling with out-dated dialup …

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The stock market seems to be playing a waiting game with a Congressional bailout taking on a new shape in Washington. I’m hearing about a new bailout plan that would raise FDIC insurance limits from $100,000 to $250,000 and would include some kind of capital gains tax relief to ease pressure on investors. The core of the plan – billions in payouts to Wall Street firms strangling on toxic debt – is still intact. Still, that sounds better to me than the “crap sandwich” (as one House GOP leader put it) that Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi tried to foist …

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I’ve been tough on Google this year, and with good reason. Part of what I do is write about how technology impacts the financial fortunes of companies and Google has been losing market share to the lousy economy and to other web portal developers in recent months. Look at online advertising – some estimates that paid “clicks” – where Web 2.0 providers make their bread and butter – have been off by anywhere from 5% to 15% so far in 2008. And reports from users of Google AdWords – despite a big splash in 2006 and 2007 when paid search …

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The End.