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Bomgar reflects on 10 years growth in IT industry

Orange can either be the color of a sunrise or a sunset, depending on the direction you are facing. After a decade in business, orange is still the corporate color at Ridgeland remote support tech company Bomgar Inc., from its office walls to the golf shirts and ties worn by founder and CEO Joel Bomgar. “I’m high energy,” the lanky ...

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Having a front row seat to watch social media change

Frank Owen is a professional observer and a self-described closet anthropologist who’s “fascinated by cultures.” He has a background in psychology, training in counseling and experience in museum design and web content strategy. He joined Mad Genius as a copywriter and audience researcher in 2007, a time shortly after social media was beginning to take root. Now, as social media ...

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Trying to connect with the 21st century

Remember the Luddites? I must be one of them because I’m surely the last person in America above the age of 10 who doesn’t have a smart phone. Well, that’s not exactly true. I have one of those phones but it’s still in the box it came in two months ago. You see, I’m afraid of it — as I ...

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Studying Antarctica remotely from USM's Department of Marine Science

Dr. Vernon Asper, a researcher and professor in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi, has taken 19 trips since 1990 to the Antarctica to do research on underwater particle dynamics using high-tech remotely operated vehicles to gather information. During his most recent trip in November, Asper deployed an ingenious underwater glider ROV that has no ...

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Political acts of problematic perspicacity

Jenny says to Forrest Gump, “Are you stupid or something?” Forrest replies, “Mama says, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’” Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a state-run health insurance exchange.  Under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) passed in 2010 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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The fiscal debacle: Government working as was truly intended?

Is the fiscal cliff scenario a failure of our system of government or government functioning as intended? One need not venture far these days to hear a fairly common assessment of the current state of affairs pertaining to government in the nation’s capital. Usually, references are made to a totally broken governing mechanism. Furthermore, the befuddled average citizen often lays ...

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Bad money habits to break in 2013

Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns year after year. If you sometimes succumb to these financial tendencies, the New Year is as good an occasion as any to alter your behavior: No. 1 — Living without a budget. You may make enough money that you don’t feel you need ...

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The growing business of carrying concealed weapons

A new cottage industry is expanding in Mississippi. Believe it or not certified trainers and training courses for this new phenomenon are popping up all over the Metro area and indeed statewide. It’s not sales training, or a pyramid marketing scheme for a new seaweed energy drink or life insurance sales. Well, come to think of it, maybe it could ...

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Innovation to encounter ‘real-world’ market tests at Startup Weekend

Aspiring technology entrepreneurs and their more established counterparts are starting the New Year with a “Startup Weekend” Jan. 18-20 at Millsaps College in Jackson. Innovate Mississippi, formerly the Mississippi Technology Alliance, hopes the 54 hours of entrepreneurial brainstorming and mentoring builds on the success of last year’s Startup Weekend. February’s Start-up event drew 73 participants and included 37 ideas pitched, ...

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New name, new developer push Starkville development forward

Golden Triangle developer Mark Castleberry took over the old CottonMill Marketplace development in Starkville last fall, and has since changed its name and started the process of getting its design approved by state and federal historical designation agencies. The mixed-use development, which sits on the edge of Mississippi State University’s campus, changed ownership when the school allowed the contract it ...

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