Profile of Fredric Paul
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Articles by Fredric Paul
posted in August 2007
It seems counterintuitive, but apparently corporate America, not small and midsize companies, is leading business efforts toward environmentalism.
So says Kevin A. Fletcher at GreenBiz.com, citing all the typical barriers like lack of time, resources, funds, and staff, not to mention green expertise.
Like the Wendy's customer asked way back when: where's the beef in today's $710 million takeover of Gateway by Taiwanese computer maker Acer?
Sure, the deal makes Acer the number 3 PC-maker in the world, pushing past mainland China's Lenovo (which got that big by swallowing IBM's PC business). I just don't think it's likely to have an immediate impact on small and midsize computer buyers.
Lots of smaller companies have trucks, too.
That's where Alltel's new FieldMasterPro service comes in. Designed for Windows Mobile smartphones, the subscription-based service helps smaller companies better manage their field service organizations.
It may seem that the giant online retailers have the search engines all locked up and that there's no way smaller companies can get noticed on the Web.
But a new study suggests that most of the top 100 e-tailers still don't quite get search engine optimization (SEO), and their failings leave room for other players to gain market attention.
You probably already know this, but Craigslist has got to be the greatest gift to hiring managers since the invention of the resume.
Large, rich enterprises may fool around hiring headhunters and using the big job boards, but leaner, more cost-conscious companies can do remarkably well with Craiglist -- especially when looking for tech-savvy workers.
But be warned, while Craigslist has great reach, you get all kinds of candidates.
It seems that pretending to be someone else online to bash the competition isn't that big a deal after all.
When it came out last month that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey used a pseudonym to post disparaging comments on financial forums about Wild Oats Markets -- even as he was trying to acquire the company -ï¿¼ some folks in the blogosphere got pretty steamed.
But it turns out that kind of thing doesn't even ruffle the robes of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Is the iPhone a legitimate business tool, or just the cool toy of the moment: the grown-up equivalent of Tickle-me-Elmo?
I've played around with one a bit, and I'm still not sure. It's not as good at handling email as the pathetically uncool Blackberry 8700 that bMighty.com has deigned to equip me with. And making a phone call is wayyyy too complicated.
But the thing is undeniably beautiful, and it's by far the best portable Web experience I've seen, at least when connected to a Wi-Fi network.