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Curt Smothers

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Freelancer with cross-industry writing experience in education, technology, and social sciences.

About Me

Curt is an experienced, mature (and "retired but not tired") freelance writer living in beautiful Colorado. He served 25-years in U.S. Navy as a professional administrator on 5 Navy ships and at U.S. and overseas shore headquarters. He specialized in personnel and general military administration and technical writing.

His post-military career was as a vocational education specialist in a California community college.He also was an adjunct instructor in Business Department and taught PC operating systems and office software.

His latest focus has been as a freelancer where, during the past few years, he has written over 2,000 online pieces (white papers, presentation scripts, articles, blogs, personal statements, course outlines--you name it!). His clients have routinely complimented his work and left rave reviews.

(See for example, https://app.blogmutt.com/dashboard/writer_profile/b1231af6848785825a465dbcc0136aa5 )

Curt is a talented writer and can be your go-to guy for any writing assignment, large or small.


Industries I Write About

Information Technology & Services

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Computer Software

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Computer & Network Security

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Financial Services

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Accounting

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Business Supplies & Equipment

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Legal Services

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Automotive

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Medical Practice

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Education Management

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E-learning

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Construction

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Higher Education

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Leisure & Travel

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Political Organization

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Military

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Health, Wellness & Fitness

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Public Safety

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Writing & Editing

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Computer Games

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My Writing Samples

My portfolio on WIX.com

A representative sample of my writing on a variety of subjects.

http://cjsmothers.wixsite.com/portfolio

Personnel Security

An article on keeping your data safe by looking after your people.

http://www.cdsitconsulting.com/beware-of-disgruntled-workers/

Office 365 for Government Workers

A piece I wrote on examples of hybrid cloud.

https://intelice.com/move-to-the-hybrid-cloud-with-microsoft-office-365-for-government-users/

Healthcare industry is most targeted by cyber attackers

A cautionary article on why the health industry needs more data protection.

http://ctoinformer.com/security/healthcare-industry-is-the-most-targeted-by-cyberattackers-says-survey/

5 Reasons You Need a functional DBA

A description of the need, duties, and benefits of having a designated database administrator

http://www.manageforce.com/blog/5-reasons-why-you-need-an-experienced-remote-dba

Filing your tax return after an extension

I wrote this piece for a client who concentrates on tax law.

http://www.dukhontax.com/filing-your-federal-tax-return-after-filing-for-an-extension/

Sample Press Release

A partially redacted press release I wrote for an IT managed services firm.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRS3S8MYnCVdnm4J7bc033HPmwaUPow3wPuLSJpbBpFhA_uGwHCUdgHBbA-zrK4TXCq-RoPjA_maG9M/pub

The top 5 issues challenging health care executives in 2018

I wrote this piece for a major technology services provider.

http://blogs.rivetlogic.com/sweng/2018/01/31/top-5-health-it-challenges-for-2018/

Who benefits from the 2018 Tax Overhaul Plan?

A brief rundown of the new 2018 Tax Act.

http://www.wealthauthority.com/articles/who-benefits-from-the-tax-overhaul-plan/

All About Bitcoins

A succinct description of the cryptocurrency​ known as Bitcoin.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRMADuzmCSsgeH-g4coeCKIpYYsXL_o-RP9qin0LZx0gL50fxPVaG3lLgj039VnfBtSy-HbiM70Ds-t/pub

Experience

Freelance Writer

5-star level writer for a variety of e-commerce, technology, and educational clients.

Company: Writer Access

I worked there from 1/2014 until now

Computer Instructor

Taught PC operating systems, data base and office software.

Company: College of the Sequoias, Visalia, CA

I worked there from 1/2001 until 6/2003

Vocational Education Specialist

Administrative aide to Dean of Vocational Education. Wrote course materials, grant requests, and instruction manuals for college students.

Company: College of the Sequoias

I worked there from 6/1993 until 1/2003

Community Development Analyst

Assisted Community Development Manager in promoting the city to new​ prospective businesses.

Company: City of Visalia, CA

I worked there from 1/1991 until 6/1993

Administrative Officer

Served ashore and at sea in a variety of administrative and personnel specialist roles.

Company: United States Navy

I worked there from 6/1970 until 7/1986

Languages I Write In

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

Flatfile vs. Relational Data Bases

My blog will be an instructional piece on the difference between flat file and relational databases and how VoltDB incorporates the benefits of both in database structure and application.

Content type: Blog Post

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Why you need a DBM

A business rests on the foundation of its accumulated data. A DBM could be a full-time employee, or farmed out on a DBaaS basis. My piece will describe why your company is a great fit for the latter.

Content type: Blog Post

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Scrivener is one solid piece of writing software

You are writing a company manual with many chapters, and so far your word processor is not up to the task of matching our organization and writing style. My article will review a great writing software product. According to the software author, "Scrivener is part of a new breed of writing software which focusses more on providinga solid open-ended writing tool (as the word processor does) rather than a writing process,which presumes a system upon you."

Content type: Article

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Barcodes are the perfect partner to inventory and asset tracking

My piece will explain the basics, advantages, and applications of barcode inventory and supply chain management.

Content type: Blog Post

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White Paper: Outsourcing IT Services--No Cons, only Pros

You're not a heavy hitter like IBM or Target, but you have your niche. You can level that niche up some by outsourcing your heavy IT load.This white paper will explore all aspects of outsourcing and describe why it is the better alternative to the back room configuration of services and spaghetti wire.

Content type: Whitepaper

Keywords: Outsourcing,Managed IT services

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Don't pass on PaaS

How platform as a service can calm the waters of your data lake.

Content type: Blog Post

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How CRM and Business Intelligence shake hands

Customer resource management is the best customer retention tool. It is, after all, easier to retain the customers you have than constantly mining for new ones. The piece​ will go into the basics of CRM and how BI is more valuable than BS.

Content type: Blog Post

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What Republicans need to do to hold on to the House in 2018

If the Republicans want to hold on to the House of Representatives in 2018 they need to continue responding to their base and step aside while Democrats continue to self-destruct. My article will offer that advice and chronicle the Democrat's demise as they have abandoned the populist politics of FDR in favor of catering to minorities.

Content type: Article

Keywords: political organization,house republicans

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What the 2018 tax law means to small business

Hold on to your hat, it could be a bumpy ride! The next tax law is the most business-friendly government initiative in quite some time. Send me an order, and I will write you an 800-word blog that meet or exceed your expectations. (I have written dozens of pieces for financial clients.)

Content type: Blog Post

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What the new tax law means for your child's future

Those little bundles of joy are also tax savers. The new 2018 Tax Act has doubled the child tax credit as well as changed the rules on applying the 529 savings account interest. Send me an order and I will expand on this subject and write an 800-word blog that will meet or exceed your requirements.

Content type: Blog Post

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Dental Implants vs. dentures (No comparison, really)

I am an experienced freelance writer and have written many blogs for dentist clients. I also had all-on-four dental implants six years ago after years of chronic periodontal disease. I'm a fan. I'd love to put together a blog or two for you on this subject.

Content type: Blog Post

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Data backup is the first step in disaster preparedness

But there is more to it. Disaster preparedness is a coordinated process, and companies need a plan. My blog will discuss the elements of that plan, in which data backup plays a key role.

Content type: Blog Post

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The first maxim of quality assurance: Whatever is measured actually gets accomplished

And the second maxim is that people do best what the boss inspects. My piece will focus on staff quality assurance and how your product makes it easier for the customer to do what you want them to do (use your product) than what they want to do (flail around on spreadsheets).

Content type: Blog Post

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An interesting history of contact lenses

Piece will cover the history of contact lenses dating back to Leonardo DaVinci's observation that human sight could be corrected by manipulating the refractive quality of the human cornea. Piece will chronicle a "hall of fame" in contact lens developers and inventors through the 1948 breakthrough by Kevin Touch in 1948. (Touchy accidentally invented a lens that covered only the cornea, without touching the sclera.

Content type: Blog Post

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Business Process Management

You have all the tools and technology you need to do business tasks, but are you really focused on using everything at our disposal to improve business processes? Blog will be about BPA and how it: 1) simplifies and removes many complicated (and often redundant) business processes, 2)streamlines communications, and 3)creates ownership for each step of a process.

Content type: Blog Post

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Horror stories on the third-party front

You are a diligent manager and have placed safeguards, which so far have kept your data secure. One day you get a call from one of your suppliers that an employee of theirs has lost an unsecured laptop and may have compromised persona and financial information for your customers. My blog will highlight recent breaches involving third-parties where the "party of the first part" got hammered by a fine or sanction. Moral of the story: you can't outsource responsibility.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Third-party breaches

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The State of Database Technology, Part 2 : Latency at the speed of light

We have come a long way from Rolodex cards and dBase. Blog will highlight VoltDB's integration of data entry, processing, and analytics and what it means for business intelligence.

Content type: Blog Post

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Using AI to stay ahead of hackers

The good news is that AI is useful in learning how hackers exploit backdoors, front doors, and human firewalls. The bad news is that hackers can use AI as well. Piece will be about the role of AI in cyber threat assessment, detection, and prevention.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence

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All On Four Implants Beat Dentures

Suffering from chronic periodontal disease or multiple missing teeth? Check out all-on-four dental implants and experience a life-changing improvement in your looks and dental health.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: dental implants

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How Artificial Intelligence is Thwarting Hackers

In the perpetual leapfrog between hackers and countermeasures, AI and machine learning are stepping up to the plate.

Content type: Blog Post

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Heads up! What you should know about overhead crane operator safety

Blog will highlight Canadian safety regulations and how TriTech's safety course will keep everyone safe.

Content type: Blog Post

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Security questions still plague cloud users

If the cloud security concerns are still holding you or your customers back in fully committing to the rich “as-a-service” opportunities, you’re not the Lone Ranger. According to a recent study by 451 research, “security is still the biggest issue keeping organizations from using cloud computing.” Second only to security are worries about complying with regulations or the nightmare scenario of losing control of data. My blog will highlight security questions customers need to ask.

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Oracle security in the cloud

If the cloud security concerns are still holding you or your customers back in fully committing to the rich “as-a-service” opportunities, you’re not the Lone Ranger. According to a recent study by 451 research, “security is still the biggest issue keeping organizations from using cloud computing.” Second only to security are worries about complying with regulations or the nightmare scenario of losing control of data. My blog will highlight security questions customers need to ask.

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Are cloud security issues still holding you back?

If the cloud security concerns are still holding you or your customers back in fully committing to the rich “as-a-service” opportunities, you’re not the Lone Ranger. According to a recent study by 451 research, “security is still the biggest issue keeping organizations from using cloud computing.” Second only to security are worries about complying with regulations or the nightmare scenario of losing control of data. My blog will highlight security questions customers need to ask.

Content type: Blog Post

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Smart cloud architecture overcomes security concerns

If the cloud security concerns are still holding you or your customers back in fully committing to the rich “as-a-service” opportunities, you’re not the Lone Ranger. According to a recent study by 451 research, “security is still the biggest issue keeping organizations from using cloud computing.” Second only to security are worries about complying with regulations or the nightmare scenario of losing control of data. My blog will highlight security questions customers need to ask.

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Riding toward the cloud despite security worries

If the cloud security concerns are still holding you or your customers back in fully committing to the rich “as-a-service” opportunities, you’re not the Lone Ranger. According to a recent study by 451 research, “security is still the biggest issue keeping organizations from using cloud computing.” Second only to security are worries about complying with regulations or the nightmare scenario of losing control of data. My blog will highlight security questions customers need to ask.

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How to become a data-driven organization

At what point does intuition/experience take over from data in driving decisions and strategy in a business? The extent that gut feelings outweigh data analysis is more a critique on the latter than an uncheck on the former. My piece will discuss how data-driven organizations can flourish in a fast-moving business environment and how to collect, use, and benefit from the data to better drive decisions.

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Fun blended classroom activities for language teachers

This article will highlight several online language instruction platforms that students can access for vocabulary, grammar, and conversational practice--at their own pace.

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Demystifying Web Telecom Services

What's all this about VoIP and Sip trunks? What the heck is a T1 trunk, anyway? My blog will put all the services you provide into plain, buyer English. I envision a 550 to 800-word piece that will meet or exceed your expectations.

Content type: Blog Post

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Add a Fixed Annuity to Your Retirement Portfolio

Every tax filing season we scratch our heads and wonder why those savings accounts yield so little, yet we still have to pay taxes on the interest. Let's break that cycle and consider investing our moribund nest egg in a fixed annuity. My article will provide an overview for investors on the marvelous investment and tax savings opportunities available in the annuities product market.

Content type: Article

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How Dental Implant Surgery Can Change Your Life

I underwent all-on-four dental implant surgery 6 years ago. After years of periodontal disease, pain, and tooth loss, I elected to undergo full upper and lower teeth replacement. It was costly, but I was fortunate to have the savings to cover the cost. (I could have had the costs financed, though.) My article can either be a first-person testimony or a description of the process and how life-changing dental implant surgery can be.

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Your "human firewall" is your first line of defense against hackers.

It's not all about the backdoor when it comes to cybersecurity. Your people need to be alert, aware, and careful. Big threats can come in the form of innocent looking "click here to claim your prize" messages on phishing emails. My 800+word blog will emphasize the soft-targeting scammers practice in their never-ending, leapfrog threats against the good guys.

Content type: Blog Post

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AI and Meeting Management

My article will be a tongue-in-cheek description on how AI would come in handy for managing a meeting designed to invent a better camel. Did you hear the one about how a camel is really a horse designed by committee. AI and meeting management will be theme, of course.

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Corporate Strategy and the Future of IoT

'The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to have a massive impact on the world economy over the next decade with the potential to touch virtually every aspect of our society on a global scale.” AT&T Networking Exchange Blog. My piece will highlight that future and will provide stats, prognostications, and advice on dealing with the IoT revolution.

Content type: Article

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Artificial Intelligence Will Make Meetings Less of a Chore

This will be a 500-word blog on how developments in artificial intelligence will help automate business meetings from scheduling to minutes with benefits for everyone in between.

Content type: Blog Post

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Small Businesses "By the Numbers"

Blog will demonstrate both narratively and statistically why our country's nearly 30 million small businesses are the wire mesh of the backbone of our capitalist system. I will source census, tax, and business stats and send a huge shoutout to our small business community.

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Big Data Gets High Marks in Education Applications

I am a retired vocational education specialist. I have seen how student data can be a gold mine for education planning, student counseling, and navigating the straights and narrows of government education grants and programs. My piece will provide insight on big data in the education world.

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Scary Cyber Threat Predictions for 2018

Artificial intelligence and machine learning, hivenets and swarmbots, next-gen morphic malware all lurk on the dark web. My piece will describe those and other cyber threats.

Content type: Article

Keywords: cyber threats,malware,backup

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How to write for cloud customers

I am an experienced content writer and have written dozens of pieces on the benefits of cloud computing. My blog will provide advice and pointers in pitching to and writing for cloud service providers.

Content type: Blog Post

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White paper: All you need to know about HIPAA

If your medical organization wants to stay ahead of the regulators, you need to get joined at the hip with HIPAA. This will be a 1,500-word white paper on the basics of HIPAA and the few million reasons why medical organizations need to be in compliance. Those few-million reasons are the multimillion-dollar fines that can result from personal medical information data breaches.

Content type: Whitepaper

Keywords: HIPAA,Personal Health Information

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