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June 20, 2015

Pinteresting

The pros and cons of Pinterest, from the perspective of a non-tech-chick. I'm not really techy.  I cheat because my husband is so techy that some of the lingo and ideas accidentally rub off on me, so I seem techy sometimes.  I am, however, a regular person who uses a computer, and so I feel that qualifies me to give…
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June 19, 2015

FTP Clients

I still do a lot of work with websites. Most of the sites I create and manage are built with Wordpress. If you're familiar with developing websites, you know that you need FTP access to make it happen. FTP (file transfer protocol) is basically the way you move files from your computer to your server where the website is hosted.…
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June 16, 2015

Mailchimp Vs Constant Contact

One of the departments I work with in our office had a request from their website authors to have a subscribe button for their blog. This was new territory for them and something I personally hadn't set up for anyone. The process started first with figuring out what needs a subscription service would fulfill. They currently had email service through Constant Contact…
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June 9, 2015

Android Kids Games for Galaxy Note 4

Once we got Kid's Mode on the Galaxy Note 4 figured out, the biggest question was what games do we download? We have two boys, age 2 and 4, and here are a few Android Kids Games that they love. Monkey Preschool. Our boys absolutely love this game, especially our two-year old. Our four-year old still plays it every once…
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June 3, 2015

Sky Guide – The Definitive iOS Astronomy App

This is one of my favorite times of the year to look at the night sky. It's warm enough here in Minnesota to be outside at night without freezing your tail off. Even though summer brings rain and storms, there's always enough clear nights to stargaze. Even in the suburbs where we live, we're able to see a lot of…
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June 3, 2015

Dropbox Vs Google Drive Vs OneDrive

Two years ago we need a file sharing service in our department at work, so I looked into all the options available. As I mentioned in a previous post, I like to do short Pros and Cons and see which option works would work best for us. Back then Dropbox was by far the best option, but Google and Microsoft…
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May 19, 2015

Download Photos from a Galaxy Note 4

My wife maxed out the storage on her phone, so I had to figure out how to download photos from a Galaxy Note 4 to a Mac. I've had some trouble in the past transferring the photos, but have always figured it out. This time, however, I think the lack of free space complicated things. I tried Samsung Kies, but…
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May 18, 2015

Timeline and My Go-to News Apps

I think I'm a news junkie. I read the news on my phone a few of times a day, follow news outlets on Twitter and listen to news radio on my commute.  There was a time I wouldn't miss the local evening news at the end of the day, but those days are gone since it's now served directly and immediately…
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May 15, 2015

How to Post Instagram Photos in Twitter as Native Photos

I remember many things from long ago: "Where's the Beef?" commercials, 99 cent gas, and when you could view a photo from Instagram on your Twitter feed. Now when you share from Instagram, all you get is the Instagram url link that takes you back to their site. I sure miss the good ol' days. IF to the rescue! IF…
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May 14, 2015

Download YouTube Videos

I run slides and videos for a good number of events and inevitably a speaker will find a video on YouTube that they want to show (and usually with some disregard to quality) to the audience. So what do I use to download YouTube videos?  I've tried a number of different resources like browser add-one and media players with streaming…
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May 12, 2015

Turn Off Your Email Notifications

Most weeks I work 40 hours Mon-Fri. There are occasional anomalies where I find myself working a weekend for an event, but for the most part there are fixed hours each day where I am punched in. Years ago during the emergence of smartphones, I was thrilled with the prospect of being able to receive work emails and send an…
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January 31, 2015

How to Stop Autoplay Videos on One Website

I've long been a news junkie. I have no allegiance to one news source, and I've skipped around new websites over the years. Right now I'm digging USA Today as my primary mobile app and NBC News as my main website. The only problem I have with nbcnews.com (as with most every news site) is that when I click on…
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January 29, 2015

Why Do We Like Instagram?

Let me say from the outset, I use Instagram and mostly enjoy the social experience. I love following and connecting with friends and photographers. It really has elevated the visual social media experience. So much in those regards that Facebook bought it outright and apps like Twitter and Flickr have been playing catch up. What's interesting is that the app…
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January 28, 2015

Facebook Messenger Alternatives

When Facebook updated the iPhone app and tried to force everyone to download Messenger, I refused. I still haven't downloaded it. I never will. I may be a bit rigid on this one, but I still think it's ridiculous to have to use two apps for one social media platform. I see three ways around it. The first being completely…
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Samsung Galaxy Note Kids Mode
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October 28, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Kids Mode

We recently upgraded phones and after some research, I got the iPhone 6 and Jill got the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. We like the idea of being on different platforms and in theory having the best of both worlds in the same family. Ultimately our choices came down to which phones have the best camera and functionality for kids. The…
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May 8, 2014

Evernote Redux

It's been over two years since my last write-up on Evernote when Inc magazine named them the company of the year in their December 2012 issue. I have since then been faithfully using it as my go-to note app. In fact I cringe every time I see someone opening the Notes app on their iPhone and beg them to consider Evernote.…
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January 14, 2012

Evernote

Inc magazine named Evernote the company of the year in their December issue.  When you consider the span of this software's reach, it's not difficult to imagine why they were selected.  The write-up is a fine piece describing the company's origins and makeup, but the beauty of the company is the software itself. Think of it as your digital memory. …
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January 2, 2011

NanoStudio

Ever since I got my iPod touch a couple years ago, I've always wanted a decent music creation app.  The best ones tend to get lost in the thousands of similar junky ones and at the same time you have to rely solely on reviews without being able to try it out without buying it. I resumed my search within…
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