Alan Luber

PC Migration Tools: A Bad Idea

In chapter 4 of my book, PC Fear Factor, I provide a step-by-step process for transitioning from your old computer to a new computer. The process includes all of the steps required to migrate your data from your old machine to your new, and how to install all of your...

Business Model Bloopers and Blunders

You can talk about all of the things impacting our economy - government regulation, terrorism, the Fed's determination in 2000 to convert a virtuous cycle into a vicious cycle - but I think that there is another problem facing our economy: flawed business models....

Marketing 101 for Broadband Service Providers

Every day I'm bombarded with television commercials from broadband service providers in my area. Companies like BellSouth, Charter, AT & T, and Earthlink are competing relentlessly for my broadband dollars. And there isn't a single thing in any of their television...

A New “Standard” For Customer “No-Service”

From time to time, I like to write a column about a subject that is near and dear to my heart: customer service. Sometimes I use these columns as a forum to recognize companies who do an outstanding job of providing customer service. Sadly, I so rarely have positive...

Back Up Blues Revisited

I can't seem to get away from this subject. And it's so darn important, I'm not sure I want to. My earlier column, Back Up Blues, triggered some interesting responses. One reader inquired as to whether I had considered or tried another drive imaging product,...

Back Up Blues

In a previous article, I discussed the importance of backing up your entire hard drive (not just your data) periodically as protection against computer viruses. Of course, there are other equally important reasons to back up your entire hard drive. You can have a hard...

A Broadband Customer Service Update

My readers know that customer service (or customer no-service) is a running theme throughout my articles. I am constantly aghast at the number of companies who don't understand that their real business is to provide customer service. You may gain a few customers with...

Stupid Accounting Tricks: Pro Forma Accounting, Part 3

Well, I just can't seem to get away from this subject. You all keep writing, and in doing so, engender material for follow up columns. Hopefully, this will be the last for a while, but a couple of letters bought up important points that I wanted to address today.The...

Stupid Accounting Tricks: Managing Earnings, Part 2

I received so much feedback on my column (Stupid Accounting Tricks) that I thought I would respond en masse today and elaborate a bit on the subjects of pro forma accounting and managing earnings. First, the title of my column "Stupid Accounting Tricks" offended some....

Reducing Expenses in a Down Economy

Most of the people I know are looking for ways to reduce expenses, either because they have lost most of their net worth, lost Wheir job, or feel they are about to lose their job. Not a very happy way to begin this column on personal finance,?but those are the cold...

Will eBay Survive?

With the death of Napster, eBay is the closest thing we have today to a broadband killer internet application. Since its inception, eBay has grown rapidly to its position of domination in the on-line auction market. It has been so successful that it's stock has been...

The Ultimate (Surprise) Broadband Killer Application

The other day, a colleague of mind was bemoaning the lack of killer internet applications to drive the demand for bandwidth. He noted that the only killer internet application was e-mail, and that it was a low bandwidth application. Well, I have a different...

Is Your Personal Computer Protected From Terrorists?

Remember the movie Die Hard? At one point in the movie, Takagi (James Shigeta) says to Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), "You want money? What kind of terrorists are you?" To which Gruber replies in one of the more memorable quotes from the movie, "Who said we were...

Supply Chain 103: EMC

Previously, I told you that I would offer up my opinion of the one technology company to watch for evidence of a broad recovery in the economy and the markets. Today I make good on that promise. I told you that my choice would surprise you. It's not an obvious choice...

The Multi-User Consumer Broadband Mega-Market Opportunity

In one of my past columns, I discussed the challenges facing the deployment of broadband for the masses. I wish to re-visit that subject today. As my readers know, I recently switched from cable modem to BellSouth FastAccess DSL. In doing so, I learned that BellSouth...

Goodbye to the Greenspan Index

Earlier this year, I wrote a column in which I argued that the only index that mattered was the Greenspan Index , that is, Alan Greenspan's personal unannounced targets for the Dow, S&P, and Nasdaq indexes. Today I'm here to tell you that the Greenspan Index doesn't...

Supply Chain 101

I find that my expertise as a supply chain management consultant helps me a great deal with my investing strategy. These days, a lot of brokerages -- Morgan Stanley, Salamon Smith Barney, and Prudential to name a few -- are getting excited about the semi-conductor...

The Ugly Truth About Oracle

Last week, an article in the Wall Street Journal reported that Oracle had overstated the number of customers that it had for its most recent release (release 11i) of its applications. The article also implied that customers were not buying 11i or were not migrating...

Foundry Networks

Foundry Networks reported better than expected earnings and revenues for the second quarter (July 25, 2001). The company reported revenues of $88.6 million, up sequentially by 7.3%, and $16 million above consensus forecasts. Earnings per share were $.07, which was...

Broadband Bruise

The other day, I became a victim of a broadband crime that apparently is becoming more and more common. Allow me to explain. I have three static IP addresses on my home network. I am not without concern for security -- I run a firewall on each of my computers, I...

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