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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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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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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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November 12, 2013

The Power of Video

I am a huge advocate of utilizing video in the church world.  I don't think it's used enough and I see it as the most effective form of media especially within the context of a morning service. A powerful video can take you into another person's world and experience their culture. It can capture a moment, an emotion of a…
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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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