April 2014

System Alert: Heartbleed Security Vulnerability

By |April 9th, 2014|

As many of you have heard by now, a serious security vulnerability was recently discovered that allowed attackers to access decrypted HTTPS traffic and as a result access secure information in an unencrypted format. The vulnerability is known as the “Heartbleed” bug.

First and foremost, none of the ASAP systems were affected by this bug and no ASAP data was ever compromised directly through this vulnerability. ASAP systems do not in fact use the code libraries (OpenSSL) that contained this particular bug.

But because of the extensive nature of the vulnerability we are strongly suggesting our users, especially those with administrative rights, to change their ASAP system passwords. While ASAP was never […]

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January 2014

ASAP Extends Its Platform with API

By |January 23rd, 2014|

One of our goals at ASA in 2013 was to build out integrations with 3rd party applications. To accomplish this, we have built some robust APIs. We already have some clients utilizing the APIs for their own purposes and we have used the APIs to build out integrations with several other software platforms. So we figured now was a good time to officially announce and launch our ASAP API.

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October 2012

Merchant Accounts… Who can understand the ins and outs?

By |October 22nd, 2012|

Why does every client of ours squirm, fidget, mumble and start cursing under their breath when we bring up merchant accounts? Could it be the sheer complexity and hidden fees and, to put it mildly, outrageous pricing that merchant accounts get away with? I’ve got an MBA and a CFA, so for me, the self-proclaimed Financial Know-it-all at ASA, it only took a few years of in depth work and exposure to finally get a grip on these things. So I don’t expect our clients to know or even want to know all the details about merchant accounts to avoid making mistakes when signing up for one. So what do […]

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August 2012

Technology: Does it really have to keep getting more complex?

By |August 1st, 2012|

These days, there is a new must have gadget released practically every month. The new iPad (and yes, I bought one… make that two), the new phone, new computer, new television. But look at these devices. You never just plug it in and start using it. There is always the need to sync with this, merge with that, download those, buy these. And if you want to change the screen background, click ten times and maybe, just maybe you’ll get to where you wanted to be. But then the phone rings and you lost your place.

Gadgets keep getting harder to use and more complex. Granted, they do more. But seriously, […]

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June 2012

Live from UBTech 2012, it’s “Ten Inspiring Technologies & Replicable Examples”

By |June 21st, 2012|

Another blog post from one of the many sessions at UBTech 2012. This one is called “Electronic Constructivism 2012: Ten Inspiring Technologies & Replicable Examples”. The audience is looking nervous and the woman who just presented the speaker announced that she’s out of her wheelhouse on this one, I think the title is intimidating. “Technology You Can Use Now” would scare people less (I’ll pitch it to them next year).

And here we go:

10. Gapminder

A very cool way to display and interact with statistics. They’ve got an online tool but the desktop version is slicker. The founder actually gave a great TED talk a while back (just happen to have the […]

My first UBTech Session: “Connected Education – The Collaborative Campus”

By |June 20th, 2012|

Some notes from my first UBTech session, “Connected Education – The Collaborative Campus”, given by Greg Kovich from Alcatel-Lucent (who is impressed that we all managed to get up this early while in Las Vegas; little does he know that the last time we all got up was yesterday morning…).

The gist of the session is how to use existing technologies to improve communication and enable more actual discussions/collaboration between students and teachers, students and students, teachers and teachers. The point we’re striving for is where we can replicate as many of the “features” of a face-to-face meeting as we can without actually being in the same room.

What are those features? […]