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...

04 Sep 2020

Signs of the Times: Dealing with Lower Home Bandwidth and a Host of Other New Security Threats

As 2020 plods along, new tech challenges I never thought we’d face are becoming realities. First of all, as I’m sure many of you who share living spaces have noticed, home internet connections have become less than ideal during the 8AM – 12 noon timeframe. My kids’ virtual learning via video hogs so much bandwidth that my own video calls for business are cutting out (fortunately, virtual school is only half a day). Another, more insidious,... Read more...

28 Aug 2020

A Messi Situation: $800 Million Fax Misses Deadline, Should Have Used Email E-Delivery Proof

Soccer/Futbol superstar, Lionel Messi, longed for a transfer after a humiliating Champions League knock out loss to Bayern Munich. Where to go from here? Paris? Manchester? Luckily, he built in a back-door exit clause in his contract where, if he notified Barcelona brass before the end of the current season, any club with a big enough wallet that was courting him could avoid paying Barcelona a $800 million transfer fee—obviously a prohibitive sum.... Read more...

21 Aug 2020

The Advantages of Live (Without-a-Net) Virtual Conferences

One of the biggest news items of the past week in the US was the Democratic party’s virtual convention held (mostly) in Milwaukee. Let me just get this out of the way: there will be no political commentary here—only observations about the format of the convention and how this is relevant to our ability to communicate how we can lower e-sign costs and also optimize email security automation. Obviously, the DNC (that’s the Democratic party organization)... 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...