Cell Phone Abuse - Tips to Curb Employee AbuseWritten by Aaron Siegel
Looking for a way to save your enterprise or government organization tens of thousands of dollars a month or more on wireless mobile communication use? First off, itís going to take some discipline and innovative management for your cellular communication services to become more cost efficient and less prone to abuse. Cell phone and handheld usage can bleed a corporationís IT communications funding dry without so much as a turn of head, or at least until itís too late.
They're Everywhere ...
Itís more common than not for a large organization to have employees carrying company owned devices such as cellular phones, pagers, PDAs, and Blackberry devices. All these wireless devices meant to increase employee productivity are more than likely draining funds and ultimately decreasing actual corporate productivity. Itís an ever increasing telecommunications expense on a road to disaster.
One is Better ...
One way to better manage corporate employee mobile communication cost is to buy ALL cellular services through ONE provider. Buying through one provider gives your organization chance to receive volume discounts. If you are giving your employees opportunity to purchase their company wireless device themselves on corporate account, you are opening door to higher rates and actually taking away control from company as a whole.
Close To Home ...
Secondly, audit not just usage, but who uses mobile communications. You need to investigate exactly who is a necessity mobile user and who is not. An office employee who spends most of their time within corporate headquarters and who is not prone to traveling; may very well be responsible for inflated mobile usage. An employee calling friends and even relatives overseas is not entirely uncommon. This kind of abuse has been known to accumulate to a bill well over a $2,000.00 in a matter of days with just one employee.
Allowance, Not Just For Teens Anymore ...
Itís important to weed out vanity from necessity. If hardship of striping cell phones and their usage from employees is too hard to bear, consider revising this strategy. A method that can be effective is allotting an allowance to employees on their usage. In other words, set up a preset amount of acceptable minutes per month per employee type. If any employee goes over their allotted amount of minutes, it is garnished from their paychecks. Many companies have deployed this method to curb abuse with much success.
TiVo: An Introduction for the Few Who Don't Know YetWritten by Bear Cahill
TiVo will change your life... for better. Plain and simple: record shows by telling TiVo to record them (not when, what channel, how long, etc.), record all new episodes of X, record all movies w/ so-and-so in them, etc.
Most people know basics of concept. Here's low-down on things I'm asked most...
1. You can record one thing and watch something else already recorded.
2. You can get a dual tuner TiVo, but you'll need two SEPARATE feeds to TiVo (i.e., two lines from your satellite dish). Then you can record 2 things at once or watch one/record another. These are more expensive, but you can get a DirecTiVo w/ dual tuner cheaper and then monthly TiVo fee is about half normal.
3. Pause live TV - if you don't realize value of this, I can't explain it. :)
TiVo has many different versions which all some slight variations. If you want to go beyond 'average guy' level, check out this forum.
Comparison to ReplayTV: