“No one likes to perform in a vacuum,” said Kevin Systrom, the chief executive of Instagram, a mobile photo-sharing application, which allows users to make comments about pictures. The more creative or striking a photograph, the more likely it is to attract favorable attention.

The feedback, Mr. Systrom said, can be slightly addictive. People using Instagram “are rewarded when someone likes it and you keep coming back,” he said. Whatever angst people may feel when they see someone else having a good time, he said, is probably exaggerated by the overall effect of so many new social data streams pouring into browsers and mobile phones at once. “We aren’t used to seeing the world as it happens,” he said. “We as humans can only process so much data.”

Of course, fear of missing out is hardly new. It has been induced throughout history by such triggers as newspaper society pages, party pictures and annual holiday letters – and e-mail – depicting people at their festive best. But now, Ms. Fake said, instead of receiving occasional polite updates, we get reminders around the clock, mainlined via the device of our choosing. 

SHERRY TURKLE, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of “Alone Together,” says that as technology becomes ever more pervasive, our relationship to it becomes more intimate, granting it the power to influence decisions, moods and emotions.”In a way, there’s an immaturity to our relationship with technology,” she said. “It’s still evolving.”We are struggling with the always-on feeling of connection that the Internet can provide, she said, and we still need to figure out how to limit its influence on our lives. I asked Professor Turkle what people could do to deal with this stress-inducing quandary. She said she would tell herself to “get a grip and separate myself from my iPhone.”

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Very exciting news this week as both Mozilla FireFox and Internet Explorer release the next versions of their browsers.

We have been beta testing for several months and are happy to say that both have made excellent strides in usability, increasing usable screen space, and most importantly security.

Our pick as always is still FireFox as it offers a faster browsing experience, excellent customization, and tons of add-ons to make your browsing, YOURS!

Here are the links to the latest downloads, we advise all of our clients to download and upgrade to the newest FireFox or IE9.

IE9 WARNING – If you are using websites that are critical to your business and which also rely on IE7/8 ActiveX scripting then you should not upgrade without seeking guidance from those sites. Generally, we have been told that any site which works in IE8 will function without issue in IE9.

FireFox 4:
http://www.firefox.com

IE 9:
http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ 

Happy Browsing.

Innovation has helped businesses across industries to achieve phenomenal growth over the past couple decades. However, continuously evolving competition, reducing margins, and higher expectations from customers have led to a significant transformation to business operations. The combination of technology and different business functions demand that businesses run at optimal efficiency and performance.
IT operations are extremely critical to run a business of any size nowadays. Most businesses prefer to focus on customer needs and strategies to grow and expand.
This is where managed services make sense for most small businesses. This allows them the freedom to focus on business and let someone else focus on the technology. With managed services, small businesses are able to get the help and support that most large companies enjoy.
How PremierePC can help:
  • Fixed monthly IT expenditures.
  • Remote backup for disaster recovery. (60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster.)
  • On demand phone and remote support.
  • Technology planning and implementation.
  • Freedom to focus on your business, not your technology.

Neato! Wonder what we are going to talk about?