30 Oct 2020

Spaghetti Should be for Dinner; Zoom Should be for Cars

2020 has taken a toll on all of us in one way or another. For those businesspeople who work from home, the pandemic has greatly exacerbated PowerPoint and zoom fatigue. Countless studies have shown that video conference interaction is not a proper substitute for in-person interaction (though the risks of this still outweigh the rewards), and more video conferences tend to lead to more PowerPoints, which, if done the wrong way, can increase feelings... Read more...

23 Oct 2020

The Science Behind the Effectiveness Biden’s Eye Contact in Debate

If you happened to watch last night’s presidential debate, you may have thought at least two things: 1) Thank God this is the last one and 2) Does looking directly into the camera to make a statement make people feel more at ease or put off? Obviously not everyone will react the same to this tactic; however, even though consciously deliberate, Joe Biden effectively used the live video interaction to form a relationship and feeling of empathy with... Read more...

25 Sep 2020

“The Hair of the Dog” Lives in Infamy

Most clichés originated from terms that were once clever, useful and connoted some broader meaning from hearing the phrase. These welcome, useful terms catch on and last over time but eventually get overused and then get relegated to cliché status. “The Hair of the Dog,” as an example, lives in infamy today to mean, ‘indulge again in what you overindulged, and you may feel better’. This term originated from a 16th century medical “remedy”... Read more...

18 Sep 2020

Working from Home Continues to Test Patience of IT Administrators

Has this happened to you recently: You get an email from yourself asking you to click a link to see an agenda you didn’t write or for an invoice you never sent? The newest are people sending you pictures of checks that they supposedly put in the mail to you (hoping you click on the image which then makes nefarious things happen). Earlier this week I saw an email from myself with an exact duplicate of my own RPost signature asking me to click a... Read more...

11 Sep 2020

Messi Situation Redux: Regular Certified Mail Beats Burofax But Not by Much

A couple weeks ago, we at Tech Essentials highlighted how Lionel Messi could have saved himself a lot of trouble and even more money by using the Registered Email™ service included in RMail®. Instead of using Burofax (somebody, please find these guys another name!) he could have sent his notice to Barcelona in a Registered Email™ message, thus receiving forensic timestamped and authenticatable proof of content delivered. This message would... Read more...

14 Aug 2020

A Brown Bag Lunch (on Us) for 2020

Remember the good old pre-pandemic days when you would get one of those internal emails about a “brown bag” lunch? Maybe, if you were lucky, your company would foot the bill for catering. At RPost, we would have our Thursday lunches brought into our LA office, and we all would commune to talk about everything from movies to the latest advancements in encryption technology—all in person and without masks. Imagine that. These “brown bags”... Read more...

07 Aug 2020

RMail: The N95 Mask of Email Encryption Software

Earlier this week, a house party in Beverly Hills, California made national headlines, as hundreds of revelers went maskless and practiced virtually zero social distancing. Worse still was that gunfire erupted later on in the party, and three people were shot. Parties like this are hardly limited to California, as it’s clear that people all over the nation (and world) are using rented ‘party houses’ as a substitute for the nightclubs that have... Read more...

31 Jul 2020

Dichotomy of High Tech and Low-Tech Solutions in a New Normal (with Sports and More?)

When we first wrote about our predictions of virtual reality tech trends in sports (read our 2017 projections) we thought we would see more of an injection of virtual reality into sports broadcast sooner. Faced with forced change due to COVID, we are now seeing this forced intersection, a form of augmented reality. With some professional sports leagues returning to the stage over the last week, we’ve been witness to some strange dichotomies of high... Read more...

24 Jul 2020

The People Have Spoken: Americans (TE Readers) Prefer to Relive Live Events

In one of the biggest election upsets since 1948 when Harry Truman defeated Thomas Dewey, Tech Essentials readers delivered a resounding vote of support (85%!) to relive the full moments of our Optimize!2020 Virtual Conference as opposed to the ‘crib-note’ highlight reels. In the spirit of full discourse, the Tech Essentials staff expected a much different result. You may recall that two weeks ago we asked readers to “vote by click”... Read more...

17 Jul 2020

Would Yoda Have Clicked on This Email? Maintaining E-Security Vigilance During a Pandemic

Vigilance is the operative term these days, and we can’t stop hearing about having to wear masks, maintain social distance and keep ourselves muted on Zoom calls when not speaking. With so much of our energy put into maintaining new norms of behavior, some things are bound to slip. Changes as fast and dramatic as the ones we’ve experienced this year haven’t given us enough time to build the necessary habits so that we can be as vigilant as we... Read more...