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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 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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June 2, 2015

iOS Outlook App Review

My day job provides email via Microsoft Exchange. In the last few years, everyone in the office now has smartphones, a majority of which are iPhones. When we first set up our phones to send and receive emails, we were limited to the native Mail app. It works well, but it's a little lame. A few months ago, Microsoft released…
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May 25, 2015

Turn Off Double Notifications on iPhone

So I've had an iPhone for nearly two years now and I've lived that long with double notifications on every single text. It's always been annoying, but I guess never enough to do anything about it. Apparently it's a system default to repeat the notification. Alas it's a new day and for the first time, I ventured into settings to…
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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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