• The Humanized Computer
    Those of you familiar with the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey will remember HAL 9000, the computer that was an interesting combination of trusted servant and omnipotent master. Although portrayed as ludicrously futuristic, the day of the HAL-9000 computer is rapidly ...More
    December 1, 2001 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Thoughts From the Road
    As I write this column, I have just completed my eigth airplane trip since our national tragedy on Sept. 11. At the end of my flight from San Diego to Philadelphia, a flight attendant got on the public-address system and sang "God Bless America." The applause from the ...More
    December 1, 2001 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Facility Maintenance
    As the fall and winter months approach, it is not only time to think about outdoor maintenance of your facility, but also maintenance of your office entry and area. The office is the first point of appeal a prospective tenant will see. It is imperative it be neat, tidy and ...More
    November 1, 2001 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Containerization: A New Marketing Edge
    The simplest and most profitable type of self-storage operation is one that operates as a commodity. It offers conventional self-storage units with no bells or whistles. If an owner can operate that way, stay full and apply steady rate increases over time, he is in ...More
    November 1, 2001 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • The Female Persuasion
    When self-storage owner Henry Oxnard began the design for a new facility, he took his employees' concerns to heart. "It started with the reluctance of our female employees to take inside units," explains Oxnard, who offers a free unit to all employees. "That evolved into ...More
    November 1, 2001 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • The Northeast
    I spend a good deal of time talking to real estate brokers all across this great country of ours. I am hearing some of them report the universal glow the industry has basked in for the last couple of years is now turning into cautious optimism in some regions of the ...More
    November 1, 2001 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Up in a Down Economy
    Records management is an anomaly in the world of business. The industry is good in an up economy but even better in a down economy. Why is this so, and what makes records management a can't-miss business for the next decade or more? Merriam-Webster defines the word ...More
    November 1, 2001 Cary McGovern Posted in Articles
  • PTI Integrated Systems
    When Lance Comstock, veteran self-storage security expert, acquired Preferred Technology Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1998, he envisioned a one-stop global company capable of delivering state-of-the-art security and management systems to the self-storage industry. With ...More
    November 1, 2001 Elizabeth Attree Posted in Articles
  • Protect Your PC
    Protect Your PCPart II By Doug Carner Last month's TechTalk column provided simple steps to vaccinate your business computers against malicious scripting viruses. This month you will learn how to safeguard your web surfing and business e-mail against deadly computer ...More
    November 1, 2001 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Self-Storage Finance
    With interest rates at record-low levels and a sagging economy, would this not be a great time for self-storage finance? One would certainly think the banks would jump at the chance to finance self-storage properties, given the low interest rates. Lower rates make it easier ...More
    November 1, 2001 RK Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Finance