Bump is a quick and easy way to connect two phones. It is available on iPhone and Android, and it is free. Just search “Bump” from your phone’s App Store to download it.
Once you have downloaded Bump, you can easily share contacts, photos and calendar events by literally bumping phones with another user. The best part about Bump is that you can share as much or as little as you’d like. For example, you can share your entire address book, a few contacts, or just one contact. The same goes for photos and calendar entries. If you have an iPhone, and your friend has an Android, no problem! This application works across devices.
Thank you to my sister Meredith for telling me about Bump.… Keep reading
Could your business get by without an accountant or bookkeeper? Would you make any money if you didn’t have a sales team or showroom for your products? My guess is no, and technology is no different. It’s a crucial part of a business’s operations. Your business is probably very dependent on technology, and at the very minimum you need your computers and networks to be up and running at all times. But are you happy with just the bare minimum, or are you thinking of the big picture?
Over the past few decades, businesses have had a pattern of relegating the IT function to a department or a service technician. Terms like “business-IT alignment” became popular. This fancy terminology might sound good, but it is bogus. To quote a great article from Smart Planet:
“Can you imagine people talking about ‘aligning’ accounting and finance to the business? Or ‘aligning’ … Keep reading
Gene Murphy, Systems Engineer and Photoshop Guinea Pig
This week’s App of the Week is Photoshop.com mobile, available on iPhone and Android devices. PS mobile is free, and it’s a great app to use for easily editing the pictures you take and store on your phone.
Simply visit the App Store or App Market on your phone and search for “Photoshop.” The app is free to download. Then open the app and select the photo you wish to edit.
I jazzed up this picture of Gene by cropping it and adding a cool border:
Photo credit: Kathy Hurley
It is easier than ever to share photos with friends and family using online tools and mobile devices. Most of you are probably already using at least one of these tools, but I just want to give you an overview of what’s out there.
Image hosting websites
These sites allow you to upload and share your photos, either publicly or privately. They also feature services where you can have photos printed and mailed to you.
Social networks are probably the fastest way to show pictures to your friends and family. Since your friends are automatically notified through your newsfeed or timeline, there’s no need to send out email invitations to everyone you wish to share them with. The drawbacks: there aren’t options for printing, and it’s more difficult to share your photos with a select group of people.
Excel sparklines are tiny graphs that can fit into a single cell in an Excel spreadsheet. They are useful for visualizing large quantities of data, like stock prices, inventory levels, or daily sales.
To use sparklines:
Using Google Reader to Efficiently Read News and Blogs
If you’re like me, you read a lot of blogs and online news on your computers and mobile phones. Instead of having to jump from news site to blog and back to news site, why not try an RSS feed reader? It organizes all the articles from the blogs and websites you like into one place.
If you have a Google account (Google Apps, Gmail), sign in using that. If not, you can create one in a few short minutes.
The next step is to add “feeds” to your reader. You can do this by clicking “Add a Subscription” and typing in the URL of the blog or news site you want to add, or you can just type in the name of the website you’d like to add. You
I recently changed my email signature. I found that after a year of using my Nexxtep email account, my signature was getting out of control, with several logos, four different ways to contact me and two advertisements. I had to tame the beast.
I looked online to see what people had to say about “email signature etiquette” and to be honest, there are no “rules” about what your signature should look like. Why? No one can agree! Some think a simple name, title and company is enough. Others think email signatures are a form of expression, and you should take advantage of them by adding logos, graphics and inspirational quotes.
Here is what I ended up with. I chose to take out the logos, because, although I like them, they don’t always display correctly in the recipient’s inbox. I also removed most forms of contact, because most people don’t need … Keep reading