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<p>ZDNet introduces Doc (The DocuMentor), sponsored by RICOH. Through his blog, Doc will educate you about Document Management. So who is Doc? Doc is something of an enigma. He was born to a Russian ballerina and a German electrical engineer who some believe was running covert operations for shadowy corporate interests. Doc grew up in various locations in the United States, although no one seems to know precisely where, least of all Doc. His early schooling was unremarkable except for the time he was caught trying to replace all the mimeograph machines with high-tech color copiers that had mysteriously disappeared from a shipment to Albania. At MIT, he made a name for himself by transforming a large printer into a robot that hunts and eats Roombas. Professionally, he reportedly has seen the insides of more brands, versions, and generations of printer and printer-related hardware than almost anyone. Some say his obsession with paper, printing, and mechanical movement was either started by, or evidenced by, a traumatic childhood episode when he crawled inside an old Xerox 2400 and tried to print himself.</p> <p>Anyway, Doc has hands on experience with stuff like printer maintenance and fleet management, but his mastery of document management leaves no stone unturned. Important issues like sustainability, security, and regulatory compliance are top of mind for Doc, as are other business technology needs like networking and IT services, making him a true blue IT renaissance man. </p>

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Revisiting the Banning of Phone Books

Revisiting the Banning of Phone Books

Ultimately, the market will decide, as it often does, on where best to spend your advertising dollars. Doc thinks the days of printed phone directories are limited, but I can't tell you when they will no longer be effective.

November 29, 2011 by in Mobility

Print and Mobile Marketing, Together at Last

Print and Mobile Marketing, Together at Last

It's getting to be a wacky world out there when it comes to new ways of marketing. The latest trend is using mobile devices to tie to print and video campaigns. Using techniques such as bar-code readers in smart phones, or "augmented reality," marketers are pushing envelopes to the maximum.

April 8, 2011 by in Mobility

Really, Really Tracking Your Documents

Really, Really Tracking Your Documents

But sure enough, RFID tags have made their way into documents so they can be physically tracked as they move through an organization. Fascinating stuff, actually, and an interesting way to know just where every document is at any given time and who's working (or not working) on it. Okay, so maybe it's also a little creepy, but you have to admit it's efficient. Here's a video that describes the process and shows the cool RFID paper tray.

November 23, 2010 by in Mobility

Putting Your Life in the Cloud

Putting Your Life in the Cloud

Storing stuff in the cloud and using cloud-based applications is making more and more sense in the "digital me" world we live in. We record, photograph, and document our lives in more and more ways.

July 1, 2010 by in Mobility

Say Goodbye to Saturday Mail Delivery

Say Goodbye to Saturday Mail Delivery

Sadly, Doc is just old enough to remember when, during the holiday season, the mail carrier actually delivered mail twice a day. But then that was when there was a still a Sears catalog and people actually sent Christmas cards to one another. Now we have email, of course, and it’s put a lot of pressure on the US Postal service revenue. So now the Service is looking to cut back mail delivery on Saturday.

May 3, 2010 by in Mobility

Taking the Idea of "Mobile Printing" to an Extreme

Taking the Idea of "Mobile Printing" to an Extreme

Doc is a big fan of taking technology on the road, but I'm not sure how I feel about turning your car into a full-blown computer terminal, including the ability to print right from the dashboard. But that's exactly what Ford is doing with some of its new vehicles. Check out this video tour of the new computer capabilities inside the cab of a prototype Ford truck.

March 24, 2010 by in Mobility