Articles By Michelle MacLeod

Live community “enhances” Canadians’ online tax filing experience

Many Canadians are opting to submit their tax returns online, a trend that's been increasing since the Canadian Revenue Agency began accepting online tax returns a decade ago. By the end of 2008,

Published on: January 22nd, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

How big brother can watch you without being a jerk

Most Canadian firms exercise some level of control over staff Internet usage – by blocking risqué Web pages, or monitoring URLs visited or e-mail usage at work. Such oversight can be useful to

Published on: January 21st, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

2009 — a Happy New Year for spammers

Expect a resurgence of spam this year as cyber criminals quickly adapt to new policies on "domain tasting" and design more professional-looking messages, cautions the January Spam Report published recently by security firm

Published on: January 19th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

How and where to find help when launching your own business

See related story and video: Munch n' mingle your way to business success - three experts show you howIf you're one of the many knowledge workers today who've got the boot due to

Published on: January 16th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Insiders reveal tech secrets behind Obama’s winning campaign

See related story: Obama's creaming McCain – if you follow politics on the Internet New media played a pivotal role in Barack Obama's incredibly successful presidential campaign, according to experts closely associated with

Published on: January 15th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

New search engine offers visual preview, takes on top guns

A new search engine – recently released in beta format – will provide stiff competition to top dogs such as Google and Yahoo, its creators suggest. transforms the look of the typical

Published on: January 13th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

How to improve your pay-per-click marketing strategy

Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising can be an expensive marketing strategy for many smaller businesses. Still, it can be a very effective tool for driving traffic to your site and making sales or "conversions."To embrace,

Published on: January 12th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Top stress busters for the knowledge worker in tough times

In today's tough economy, as budgets shrink and staff numbers dwindle, knowledge workers are being asked to do more with less, Mounting pressures, along with prospects of an uncertain future, are elevating stress

Published on: January 12th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

New portal gives innovation a boost in Waterloo

An online portal launched this week will help manufacturing firms in Waterloo, Ont. share tips, trade goods and do much more.   Dubbed the Manufacturing Innovation Network or MIN, the site was set up

Published on: January 9th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Online training offers big benefits to Canadian companies, students

Many Canadian businesses are opting for online training as a way to equip employees with necessary skills, while cutting back on travel costs.With economic challenges forcing firms here to adopt new cost-cutting strategies,

Published on: January 8th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Sharp rise in telecommuting as Canadian firms strive to cut costs

Changing employer and employee needs have triggered a sharp growth in Canada's "virtual work force" (Canadians who work from home, or from third-party locations such as an alternate office, a customer site, a

Published on: January 7th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Light-weight scanner ideal for mobile professionals

Mobile workers who need to scan documents on the go will find the Plustek OpticSlim M12 Plus scanner a relatively easy-to-use tool.Really light – it weighs less than a pound – the device

Published on: January 6th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Five fabulous New Year’s resolutions for tech professionals

As you fill out the last page in your 2008 agenda and rip the cellophane and price tags off your new leather-bound replacement or palm-sized digital upgrade, it's also time to consider what

Published on: December 31st, 2008 Michelle MacLeod

Top five security threats of 2008…and what lies ahead

If there's one big lesson Internet users should learn from 2008's security threats it is to trust no one – not a message on your Facebook wall, or even a video acceptance speech

Published on: December 31st, 2008 Michelle MacLeod