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Stuff & Things: App

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! App = Application “App” (as in, “there’s an app for that”) is short for application, which is another name for a program. Although “program” and “application” are used almost interchangeably when referring to desktop and laptop […]

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Stuff & Things: WiFi

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! WiFi = Wireless Internet WiFi – a pun on the old audio term “high fidelity” – is when a network connection is broadcast over the air, without wires, using a wireless router. Usually this involves an […]

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Firelight Explains: The Cloud

Firelight Explains: Pull up a log, get a mug of something warm, and listen to a little story about some tech. Here’s the short version – “The Cloud” is just the internet. It’s the same basic principle. Think of it this way: back in the day, offices had a big shared file cabinet. Everyone could […]

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Stuff & Things: Widget

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! widget = desktop gadget A widget is a simple interface, usually set up on a desktop to serve a single purpose. Most often used on cell phones and tablets, common widgets include:[unordered_list style=”list-2″] clocks & calendars to-do […]

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Stuff & Things: BYOD

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! BYOD = Bring Your Own Device BYOD happens when employees use their personal mobile devices (cell phones, tablets, netbooks, laptops) for work purposes. This can create chaos for an IT department! More information here. If your company is […]

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More About Two-Factor Authentication…

Recently, there’s been much ado about whether or not SMS text messaging, the most commonly used method of two-factor authentication (2FA), is really secure. To wit: Using Text Messages to Secure your Passwords is a Bad Idea SMS-based 2FA is over SMS 2FA isn’t being banned Which form of 2FA should I use? Forget 2FA, […]

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Stuff & Things: 2FA

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! 2FA = Two-factor authentication Two factor authentication is a way of logging into a web-based service using an external method of proving that you really are the correct user. The first factor is your password; the second can be […]

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SEO Shenanigans.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a huge industry, especially when it comes to digital marketing and online sales. Keywords, analytics, meta tags, link exchange – there are a million consultants who will tell you that sinking time and money into SEO is the best way to ensure your web presence gives you maximum return on […]

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Stuff & Things: SEO

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! SEO = Search Engine Optimization SEO is the process of making your website more likely to show up at the top of search results. There are lots of tools that can help, and there are some basic […]

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Here’s the story…

When I left Chicago in 2012, I also left the insurance industry, where I’d been working since 1998. I wasn’t sure what my career would like outside of that corporate world, and it was a little scary thinking about reinventing myself. I spent a bunch of time thinking about, you know, what I would do […]