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March 17, 2015

Adobe Acrobat Alternative

I've used Adobe Acrobat in the past mostly for combining PDFs or trying to compress the document to get a smaller file size. I had a personal copy of it from my CS3 suite, but at work I have a CS6 software set that didn't have it. The first time I needed it, I downloaded a trial of Adobe Acrobat…
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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

How to Migrate from Drupal 7 to WordPress 4

Over the past couple of weeks I tackled a project a little beyond me. I needed to move a site from Drupal 7 to Wordpress 4.I'm very familiar with Wordpress, but Drupal was completely new to me.  It was difficult to find anything initially that helped. Most of the searches led to pages years old or to MySQL tutorials a bit…
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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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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 22, 2013

MightyText

If you don't sit at a computer most of the day for work or own an Android phone, this isn't for you. (more…)
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January 21, 2012

Sufficient Quality Pt 1

Technological advances in the last few years have allowed non-professionals to create video, photo, and web content just short of professional grade, but short enough for no one to notice. (more…)
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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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December 11, 2009

Fox News Blues

Ok, first the disclaimer - This is NOT political commentary.  I'm not entering a left/right debate here.  This is an observation based simply on the content of foxnews.com and why it turns me off. I am a website snob both creatively and ethically.  As an amateur web designer, I avoid ugly and overly busy websites.  I also try to avoid…
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October 13, 2008

Rumors

There are entire websites devoted to rumors... most notably the rumors that float around the possible release of an Apple product. A few times a year, they have an Apple Event and Steve Jobs speaks at a conference and reveals the latest product. It's fun to watch people talk about what it might be. And then there all the "photos"…
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September 29, 2008

CNN Top Stories

I generally get my online news from CNN simply because I like how cleanly the site is organized (a touch of OCD from my early boyhood days - organize the baseball cards first by team, then the next week by number, then the next week by position, then the next week by last name... etc.).  I'm always amazing at the…
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April 25, 2008

What’s in a Name?

Okay, so this was a little disturbing to me. I went to a resource we use to find pictures and typed in "camp" looking for a pic. I was surprised when Auschwitz pictures came up. I guess my "campy" image of lakes, cabins, etc left me a little unprepared to find a concentration "camp" on the screen. Odd, really, how…
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March 28, 2008

Evil Genius

So yesterday at 2pm Jill came by work and plopped her Macbook on my desk. It wouldn't boot up. We have Applecare warranty so I went online and scheduled an appointment at their "Genius Bar" for 4pm. Upon arrival, their tech diagnosed the problem and replaced the failed hard drive at no charge (cuz of previous purchased Applecare) all in…
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