Matt Villano

Freelance writer


A New Business Model for a Wal-Mart Supplier

An old adage tells us that the best things come in small packages, but an e-commerce partnership between Stork Craft Manufacturing and Wal-Mart Canada has proven a big deal.

Twisters, hurricanes, floods (oh my)

While you were busy securing your organization for a possible terrorist attack, along came the weather. Here's how to prepare for the worst Mother Nature has to offer.

Bar Code Tech

MANUFACTURERS and mass-market vendors have long used bar codes, those seemingly random sequences of lines, in conjunction with laser scanners to manage price points and monitor inventory. Now media and business organizations are...

How to fire people

REG SUDDRETH WAS 22 YEARS OLD when he got sacked. Fresh out of college, he was working as a sales associate for a wine distributor just outside Chicago. For roughly $40,000 a year, Suddreth drove up and down Interstate 74 in his 1991...

Y2K+1

As the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2000, millions of freezing revelers in New York City's Times Square crossed their fingers and hoped that the Y2K showdown wouldn't result in a technological and societal meltdown. Lucky for all...

Shifting Gears

ON AN UNCOMMONLY SUNNY DAY in Rochester, Mich., Patrick E. Dessert is lying on his back, tinkering with the electrical system of a white Jeep Cherokee. A wire runs from beneath the truck's hood and snakes across the floor in front of...

Fall of the Ottoman Empire

A Jan. 15, 2000, article in these pages touted the brilliance of Framingham, Mass.-based Furniture.com, a company that sold furniture and other household amenities via the Web. With $48 million in capital during the first two rounds...

Objets d'IT

DEEP INTO THE Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), past the main exhibit hall, past the special exhibit of Impressionists, beyond the famous armor court, Chief Registrar Mary Suzor inspects a diminutive statue. Hunched over an antique...

IT Autopsy

No longer an obscure component of network security, computer forensics has blossomed into a science all its own.

Ads Up

WIRELESSTired of all those pop-up ads when you surf the Web from your desktop? Too bad. As part of a trial that began this past December, New York City-based Internet ad aggregator DoubleClick plans to sponsor smaller versions of the...

Web ads are here to stay

Tired of all those pop-up ads when you surf the Web from your desktop? Too bad.As part of a trial that began this past December, New York City-based Internet ad aggregator DoubleClick plans to sponsor smaller versions of the same ads...

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