Kindle for business use?

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Thursday, 31 May 2012 01:18

Using Kindle for Business

Kindles are getting more and more popular for personal use, but I did a bit of research to find out how to use a kindle device for business. Here are some thoughts that I came up with:

  • Remember that a kindle can read a pdf document, so you could have a load of reference information and manuals on there
  • If your admin systems produce a lot of documents it makes sense for them to circulate in pdf – they cannot be altered so easily (avoiding ‘my version is different’ situations) and of course they can be consistently read by almost everyone without software compatability problems
  • If you want to produce pdf consistently use the libre office suite, which is a whole office suite available free of charge and can open / save doc, docx, open doc (like google docs) and pdf as well as excel (xls) and powerpoint (ppt)
  • If you get a 3g version (a sort of built-in internet connection), you can pick up an email address if you use google mail. Google is viewed by many as a sensible way to run your email system, and of course it copes with business addresses as well as @gmail.com ones. This can save a fortune in wifi access in hotels and internet cafes (when you can find them)
  • Catch up on the news whilst you are travelling – pick up copies of the main newspapers to read as you are travelling
  • Make notes with it – whether when thinking alone or in meetings, where a flat pad is so much less intrusive than a laptop

Battery life is significant as anyone who has sat in a meeting with a laptop knows. Either you become a trip hazard, go flat or sit in a corner because that has the nearest safe mains connection. Kindles last for absolutely ages, and most times you don’t need multimedia capability to make a few meeting notes.

So in my view there is a business case for someone who does not need to be tied to a mains connection every few hours, but needs to keep in touch with information and people using good old black-and-white text.

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BT technical support scam

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Monday, 30 January 2012 01:21

Scam calls allegedly from BT technical support are around again

They say they have logged a fault that you get slow or intermittent connection through your broadband, and there is a delay or freezing pages. If you have time to quiz them they want to know what browser you use (their first guess is Internet Explorer but of course form the other end real equipment would be able to tell), and they assume that you use windows.

People are told that they may have a virus and then get sucked into thinking they have a problem. They are onto a plausible story because windows, especially if you browse with Internet Explorer and have not had a revamp recently, can often freeze or have slow and intermittent problems, whether you have a virus or not.

The contact details they leave are Sean Hall of 08555 807079 – he gave up when I said I use Linux and therefore have no need for his alleged solutions.

Do add any more contact names or numbers if you experience this, so anyone can trace the story.

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Data protection – only keep what you can justify or get fined

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Thursday, 26 January 2012 02:28

Facebook Data Hoarding Exposed

Facebook’s international headquarters in Dublin faced a 100,000 Euro fine following an audit by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner announced last month for keeping users’ deleted data in breach of Irish data protection laws.

The audit was triggered by an Austrian law student named Max Schrems, who requested a copy of all his personal data from Facebook while writing a paper on privacy laws. What he received was a CD containing 1,200 pages of information on everything from his ignored friend requests to deleted messages. After seeing the extent of information held about him, Schrems and 21 other students filed complaints against Facebook with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, alleging the company is creating “shadow profiles” of its members, and even non-Facebook users, without their consent or knowledge.

According to the complaints, Facebook is illegally holding on to information about members and non-members, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Facebook’s international headquarters in Dublin supports all Facebook users in the UK and Europe, as well as in the Middle East and Africa.

Know your responsibilities by reading about the Data Protection Act, 1998 (Public General Acts – Elizabeth II)

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