Erik’s Editorial Corner

This month has marked the end of Microsoft’s support of Windows XP and I know that raises concerns for many people. The end of support for Windows XP doesn't mean that Windows XP will suddenly stop working, but it does mean there will be no new Windows updates after April 8th.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

There’s been a buzz going around about how the Winter of 2013-2014 is in the history books for Philadelphia. We are officially in our second snowiest winter ever (on record since 1884) and people are incredulous -- They haven’t seen snow like this in a long time!

That’s the part where I start chuckling to myself.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

If I have learned one thing from this year’s winter storms, it’s that you always need multiple backup plans. We always made sure to have plenty of necessities on hand in case we lost power or couldn’t get out of the house that day. But what else did we need to be ready for?

It took me three tries to get to the office on the day following the recent ice storm.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

It is COLD! It’s the coldest we’ve seen it in quite some time and a healthy reminder that Mother Nature is in charge.

I think about the times long ago when weather was a much bigger factor in our day to day lives and businesses.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

The holiday season has come around again and it is certainly in full swing. As we come into it each year, I see some people getting excited about the decorations and parties with loved ones while others are groaning in annoyance at the hectic schedules and the idea of shopping.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

The holiday season has come around again and it is certainly in full swing. As we come into it each year, I see some people getting excited about the decorations and parties with loved ones while others are groaning in annoyance at the hectic schedules and the idea of shopping.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

This year I headed to Florida to attend my annual IT conference and found the topic for this month’s article on the shuttle ride from the airport to the hotel. Our van had some technical difficulties and the driver called for a replacement van to drive us the rest of the way.

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This is the time of year where the little boys and girls dress up as cowboys, tigers, and princesses, roaming the streets for candy. As I fondly remember some of my favorite Halloween costumes growing up, I also think back to my strategies.

Of course I had a strategy! How could I optimize my route to get the most candy in the allotted hours? Who had the best candy in terms of size and flavor? And what would be the best-shaped, lightest, and largest candy container I could use?

These sound like such little questions now, but they were a big deal back then.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

I’ve been watching summer come to an end and the days get shorter along with it. When I look at the sunrise and sunset times from September 1 to September 30, it’s hard to imagine that we’ve lost an hour and 17 minutes of daylight over the course of a month.

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I saw a bunch of kids riding bikes and skateboards down the hill of our office driveway the other day and my first thought was, “That’s not safe!” I was worried about them running into cars or getting hurt.

At some point in life, I’d gone from thinking what a great idea something like that would be, to approaching it from a more practical and responsible place.