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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

Do Anything Online – June Edition

The internet has a ton of online resources for almost anything you can think of. Here are a bunch of sites with tools that I've found handy without having to even download an app or pay a dime. SmallPDF - PDF compression, merge, conversion, etc. online-convert.com - Converting videos, audio, document, etc. clipconverter.cc - Download Youtube videos Pixlr - Online graphic…
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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 12, 2015

Graphic Design Software

My day job responsibilities are split between administration and communication with an emphasis on graphic design and film. In the last two years, I've taken on more graphic design projects than ever before and it has really stretched me. I had no formal training, but enough experience over the years to keep a lot of our graphics "in-house" at work. People…
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June 11, 2015

Twenty-First Century Parenting

We're in a new era of parenting facing challenges no other generation has faced before. No, we're not doomsayers lamenting on the good ol' days or Debbie Downing the times in which we live. We are hopeful because of the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for our children. They really can do almost anything they can imagine. What we are…
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June 11, 2015

Finding Music for Films

The underlying audio tracks of your film set its mood. If you're editing a recap of a youth activity, you'll want something energetic. If you're telling a story of someone's personal triumphs you'll need something moving and uplifting. A poorly picked track can make even a well shot film feel awkward. I might be a bit nit-picky, but I usually spend about an hour or more just trying to find the right track for whatever I'm creating. Most of the time I know exactly what I'm looking for to match the mood of the film in my head. It's a tedious process, but there's not much room for error. For example, in our I Dare You to Dream promo, we…
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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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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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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 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 5, 2012

Noisetrade.com

I've known about noisetrade.com for a while, but haven't really explored it much until tonight.  If you'd like to discover new music as well as some hidden well known gems, you have to check out the website.  It's all free music with an email and a ZIP code.  There's also a way to tip, tweet, or purchase the album via…
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May 13, 2011

Obi-Wan Kenobi is Dead

I know I shouldn't like this because this parodies the US as the Galactic Empire, but it is one of the most creative web pages I've seen in a while.  I especially love Yoda's comment on the article... "Until body I see, believe it I will not."   Check it out for yourself: http://bit.ly/jOmU4G
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April 1, 2010

Today’s Top Online Pranks

Looking for some laughs?  Check out some of the best online pranks happening today.  I especially like ABC's show lineup tonight.. Empty House!  Uncle Jesse still lives in the attic... priceless.  Here are some more for your surfing fun. ABC GOOGLE STARBUCKS GOOGLE UK WHITEHOUSE BIEBER OR DIE COLLEGE HUMOR
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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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February 26, 2009

Thanks everyone

Yeah!  Thanks to everyone for making this day possible.  While it was months ago that Jill made the top spot on a "Jill Reed" google search, I was stuck on page 5 - and tragically on page 8 at one time.  Today if you type "Matt Reed" in a google search, you'll find our website on the front page!  It's…
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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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