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Google Keep – Strong but Simple
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If you’ve heard of Google Keep, perhaps you don’t realize that it’s more capable than you expect. It’s one of the most focused and useful apps in Google’s arsenal. On the surface it’s a stylish basic note taking app, but dig deeper and it ties into several other Google services, making it easier to get things done. Here are some ways to unleash the amazing...

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Your Business Website Needs a Blog
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Show of hands: Have you ever heard of the Internet? I think some of you have. [smile] I have been developing web sites since the 1990s, from pure html coded sites, through numerous iterations of development products (anyone remember Netscape’s “built-in” development space?), up to the present versions of several platforms. Presently I have built and maintain hosting for over 150 websites using WordPress...

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I PING You PING…
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My WordPress clients ask me about the emails they receive that notify them of Pingbacks from one of their posts. Here’s how this happens: I post something on my blog that someone else likes. That person posts something on her own blog that includes a link referencing my post. This automatically sends a pingback to me (if we both have pingbacks enabled in our blogs). My blog receives the pingback, then automatically checks the other blog post to confirm that the pingback...

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The Basic Mistake People Make on Twitter
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Twitter has been around since 2006, and I posted my first tweet early on in 2007. It wasn’t earth shattering, but I did handle the new idea of Twitter with elegance and sagacity, and got my point across in a mere 16 characters: Click Here to see my First Tweet I first wrote about Twitter here in this blog back in 2008 and shared my...

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Faster Than the Sound of Light
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Ever since I started using the telephone (back when we only had to dial 7 numbers for most calls!), I knew that the person on the other end was as near as a few milliseconds away. Of course, I never thought of “milliseconds” back then – our voices were carried across the wires at the speed of light (as we were told), so it...

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Mack McTask – Don’t Call Me a Consultant!
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by Marc Silverman (circa 1995) (This piece was originally written and published in 1995 for the Mac Street Journal, the New York Macintosh User Group’s printed newsletter. The Internet was barely known at that time, and the term “cell phone” was yet to become part of the language.) Mack McTask, a private computer consultant was recently interviewed at his office by a Mac Street...

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Tags – Not Just For Graffiti Anymore!
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Tags – Not Just For Graffiti Anymore! Bar Codes are so retro! Now we’re all using QR Code tags – the little matrix of black squares and shapes that are popping up on magazine articles, food and beverage packaging, and soon, no doubt, on somebody’s forehead. It’s called a “two-dimensional barcode,” and can be used to store a relatively large amount of information when...

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Show Me The Money!
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  Most people want to know where their money’s coming from. Some people, however, want to know where it’s going. I get to know both! There’s a web site that uses the full power of the Internet, and the power of its users, to let anyone track and analyze the movements of the paper currency they spend. Where’s George? It’s something that can be...

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It’s My Birthday (And I’ll Lie if I Want To!)
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It’s My Birthday (And I’ll Lie if I Want To! New Year’s Day 2009 came in with a few added surprises: Automated birthday wishes from a couple of web sites, and even some personal birthday messages from Facebook friends who I already know in real life. But my birthday is in the summer, so their early wishes, thoughtful as they are, landed today as...

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A No-Hype Look at Skype
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I knew about Skype – it’s an online application that lets anyone make audio and video contact from computer to computer as long as each person has Skype installed and running. You could use it to make Skype “calls” to and from anywhere in the world for free. I tried it, it was okay, and I let it go – I didn’t have a...

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Fly Me To Your Room
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Fly Me To Your Room Pictures on the Wing These days, digital photos are ubiquitous. And not only that, they’re EVERYWHERE. In your cell phone, in your digital camera, in your computer, even in your iPods or other PDAs. They’re everywhere for you to enjoy, but sharing them with others is a different story. “Free your pictures.” That’s the mantra at Picwing. Picwing is...

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Outdoor Fun With GPS
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Here’s a hobby where all you need is a $30 billion satellite system, and a handheld GPS device. Luckily, someone lent us the satellites! Most Internet-related pastimes require us to sit at our computers far too long – games, chat rooms, weblogs, newsgroups – all demanding our interaction while we gaze at our screens and key in our words or actions. Now I’ve embraced...

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Hello Chumby
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Hello Chumby. New watches come out from time to time, cars are updated yearly as “this year’s models” are unveiled; new flavors of Ben & Jerry Ice Cream are always being developed. These are all just variations of products that already exist. But every so often a completely new category of product appears. Sometimes it’s cool and unique (the Segway, perhaps), sometimes it’s unexpected...

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Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing
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What are you doing? I’m wondering whether it’s at all possible to make a statement that’s not more than 140 characters in length that says something pertinent. (Okay, that’s 139.) What are you doing? Demonstrating how people worldwide have found that posting “tweets” that are seen by folks who follow them is a timely way to communicate. (138, easy.) What are you doing? Reading...

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This Hoax is Serious!!!
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This is serious!!! I would do it for you. Actually the subject of the above email when it arrived in my email box was “Fwd: FW: FW: FW: : Fwd: This is serious!!! I would do it for you.(corrected)” Those extra forwards told me that somebody who knows me thought this was so urgent for me to read that he didn’t hesitate at all...

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Free Software For Sale!
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Free Software For Sale You can get more than you pay for! A long, long time ago, when the world was young, people loved getting free software for their computers. This usually meant that they were getting it from someone else who bought it, or more likely, from someone who already got it from someone else. People who did this were called “Software Pirates,”...

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Password Please
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Password Please Better Safe Than Sorry… PC Magazine reports that these are the 10 most used passwords, ranked in order: password 123456 qwerty abc123 letmein monkey myspace1 password1 blink182 (your first name) I’d bet yours isn’t on this list, but you might use a similar “weak” password – even for your most sensitive information or financial web sites – that’s as easy to remember...

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You Are Your Data
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You Are Your Data When it goes, you go… What would happen if you forgot your printout of the presentation, or the notes you planned to use for an important meeting? You’d call the office to have someone email or messenger it to you. What if you realized you left your briefcase in the cab, on the train, or somewhere that it might not...

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The -Final- Word on Spam
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The Final Word on Spam And that word is… Spam is so pervasive that this is my 3rd article about some aspect of it. And it should be my last article about spam because I’ve stopped mine. And you can stop yours. Here’s how, in one word: Gmail. Sign up for a free Gmail account from Google. Your spam will stop. (My definition of...

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Spam-Proof Email Addresses
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Spam-Proof Email Addresses Outwit the Spam Harvester Robots Automated programs scour the web looking for email addresses to “harvest” for email lists that eventually will be used to send the unsolicited emails we all know as spam. It’s simple for one of these programs to recognize an email address – if it has the “@” character it’s almost certainly an email address. Some web...

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You’ve Got Spam!
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I’ve been approved! That mortgage I never applied for has been approved! This is one of the more family-friendly email subjects we’ve all received. If you get Spam emails regularly, you’re already familiar with the way the subjects seem to ebb and flow. This week, I started getting those cryptic emails filled with unrelated words: acilitate cuisine crewel adjutant standeth cos hostess corporeal rensselaer...

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Phishing for Phools
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Hi there! We’re your friends at PayPal. You know it’s really us because the PayPal logo is at the top of this page, and here’s real proof – our big Verification Symbol! Something happened and we lost your access info. We need to get this info from you again or we’ll have to suspend your PayPal account and all of your records might be...

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Meta Tags for Search Engine Magic!
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Want to get a top ranking in search engines? No problem! All you need to do is add a few magical “meta tags” to your web pages, and you’ll skyrocket to the top of the listings. If only it were so easy. Let’s make it clear: Meta tags are not a magic solution. Meta tags are not a magic solution. Meta tags are not...

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