Let’s talk about tablets and smartphones, and the first thing to understand is that it is not about the device, it is about the data. Hand-held devices do not store large amounts of data, and this is where the “cloud” comes in.

It’s summer and, as Nat would say, time to roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of soda and pretzels and beer. Well, maybe not so much the soda and pretzels, but certainly all the rest of it. And what better time to talk about… school!

Woody Allen used to say that 80% of success is showing up. I’d add that the remaining 20% is staying there long enough.

What a way to learn. I was with my colleagues Dave and Geoff, a couple of people from Microsoft, and a dozen or so customers at Glen Arbor Golf Course. We called it the Nicom IT Solutions/Microsoft “Golfinar”, a combination golf game and seminar.

Practically anyone over the age of eight knows what Google is. My older brother calls it “Googles” and George Bush calls it “The Google”. It’s a noun and a verb in both official languages (“I googled it”/”Je l’ai googlé”). The fact is it’s very well known indeed.