Into Antiques?

On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Friday, June 8, 2012

California's budget crisis sparks controversial 'BYOD' plan to save money - Network World Fusion

California's budget crisis sparks controversial 'BYOD' plan to save money - Network World Fusion

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The state of California's staggering budget problems -- now an estimated $16 billion shortfall -- have put Chris Cruz, deputy director and chief information officer at the state's Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in a tough situation. Because of the state's ongoing fiscal crisis, he, like other agency managers, last year was told to cut use of state-issued cellphones by 50% as a cost-saving measure. Cruz decided one way to hold down costs at DHCS, which was using BlackBerries, was to have agency employees use their own smartphones instead -- without any subsidy.

This bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy has been controversial, pitting him against the state employee unions which are fighting it since it effectively shifts device and service costs to employees who are not being given any stipend. Cruz acknowledges he also fights over BYOD with his information-security officer, who thought it too risky. But if tough times call for tough measures, Cruz is not backing down, and says his strategy to manage and secure the employee-owned smartphones is working.

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"As a Gen X guy," said Cruz, who spoke about his BYOD strategy during this week's Gartner IT Infrastructure & Management Summit here, I was "looking at IT" not so much as a risk as an "opportunity." And that opportunity was a form of BYOD.

"We had 1,500 BlackBerries," said Cruz, and he had to meet the mandate set by the state last year to cut cellphone use by 50%. Each was costing $110 per month, he said, and "I wanted to get rid of them."

Instead, DHCS, the large California healthcare agency which supports Medicaid and Medicare services, wouldn't buy new smartphones, but ask employees to use their own smartphone for work purposes. The employee using their personally owned device for work data would have to agree to have the mobile device management (MDM) software that was selected, called Good Enterprise, installed on their mobile device so that DHCS would have the enforce policies and the ability to wipe it if it were lost or stolen. The Good Technology software creates an "unbreakable partition" between personal and business data, Cruz pointed out.

"DHCS mandated to have all mobile devices encrypted," Cruz said, adding encryption is something that's required and audited by the agency that's part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The information-security officer last year who initially objected to the BYOD idea, thinking it too risky, had his job changed so that he now reports directly to Cruz, who says he think the job of security staff is not to stop IT but to help mitigate risk.

But Cruz hasn't been able to fend off the objections of California's state-employee unions so easily -- they don't want DHCS employees to have to bring their own phones. It may be "we can't force rank-and-file employees to buy phones," Cruz acknowledges. Negotiations are ongoing, and it's not clear right now whether there will be a compromise or what it will be exactly.


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