Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pew Internet Study: How People Learn About Their Local Community

 

A 5-part Pew Internet Study came out this week that takes a deeper look at “How people learn about their local community” We found some of the facts to be particularly interesting and wanted to highlight a few of them here:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Web is the New Phone Book - All Businesses Should Be On the Web

Seattle Web Promotion will help you with your Web Presence.
The next level is creating a Web Presence if this makes sense for your business or service. Our WEB Presence includes a website and or BLOG that you can provide to your clients or potential customers to confirm to them:  "Yes, I am on the web."  
WEB Presence includes
All of the Business Web Basics accounts above and
A Simple Website on your choice of Google/Sites, Weebly, WIX, Orbs, Gogopin, or Webs.
A Wordpress Blog with automation to help simplify posting.
If you have a Facebook account, a Business page can be created.

One of my Wordpress blogs can be viewed here http://localwebpromotion.wordpress.com/
One of my Orbs websites can be viewed here http://localwebpromotion.orbs.com/
One of my  Webs websites can be viewed here http://seattlewebpromotion.webs.com/

The Introductory Investment for WEB Presence is $300.

The Web is the New Phone Book - All Businesses Should Be On the Web

Seattle Web Promotion will help you with your Web Presence.
The next level is creating a Web Presence if this makes sense for your business or service. Our WEB Presence includes a website and or BLOG that you can provide to your clients or potential customers to confirm to them:  "Yes, I am on the web."  
WEB Presence includes
All of the Business Web Basics accounts above and
A Simple Website on your choice of Google/Sites, Weebly, WIX, Orbs, Gogopin, or Webs.
A Wordpress Blog with automation to help simplify posting.
If you have a Facebook account, a Business page can be created.

One of my Wordpress blogs can be viewed here http://localwebpromotion.wordpress.com/
One of my Orbs websites can be viewed here http://localwebpromotion.orbs.com/
One of my  Webs websites can be viewed here http://seattlewebpromotion.webs.com/

The Introductory Investment for WEB Presence is $300.

Posted via email from David Anders The Computer Guy

Seattle Web Promotion will help you with your Business Web Basics

The Web is the New Phone Book  -  All Businesses Should Be On the Web
David Anders  |  The Computer Guy
(206)  286-8438  MailTo:SeattleWebPromotion@Gmail.com

Seattle Web Promotion will help you with your Business Web Basics.
Business Web Basics: includes the following accounts and others:
Google PlacesSuperpagesManta
Yahoo LocalYellowpagesWhitepages
Bing BusinessLocal.comMerchantCircle
Yelp Business PageCitySearchAbout.me

The above are some of the most popular and useful directories.
These accounts may already exist, we will verify your claim and enhance them.  
The Introductory Investment for this Business Web Basics is $150.
You can read a more complete description at http://seattlewebpromotion.weebly.com/business-web-basics.html

 

Seattle Web Promotion will help you with your Business Web Basics

The Web is the New Phone Book  -  All Businesses Should Be On the Web
David Anders  |  The Computer Guy
(206)  286-8438  MailTo:SeattleWebPromotion@Gmail.com

Seattle Web Promotion will help you with your Business Web Basics.

Business Web Basics: includes the following accounts and others:
Google PlacesSuperpagesManta
Yahoo LocalYellowpagesWhitepages
Bing BusinessLocal.comMerchantCircle
Yelp Business PageCitySearchAbout.me

The above are some of the most popular and useful directories.
These accounts may already exist, we will verify your claim and enhance them.  
The Introductory Investment for this Business Web Basics is $150.
You can read a more complete description at http://seattlewebpromotion.weebly.com/business-web-basics.html

 

Posted via email from David Anders The Computer Guy

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Best TED Talks listed by a TEDx organizer

Oh man! As a TEDx organizer and as a general fan, I've been waiting for this question all my life.

Let's break this up a bit.

  • In the mood to see demographic data come to life in front of you?

Hans Rosling

It's the talk I send people to introduce them to TED. A classic.

  • In the mood to learn something new about music and be inspired?

Benjamin Zander

The second talk I send people. Just an incredible speaker, I've never met someone who didn't love this talk. Got me to listen to classical music in a whole new way.

  • In the mood to feel excited about the education system?

Salman Khan

My favorite talk ever. Bill Gates comes on at the end and calls his method the "future of education." If you like data/engineering, you're especially likely to fall in love this this video.

  • In the mood to wonder at the mysterious nature of the human brain?

Jill Bolte Taylor

One of the talks to put TED on the map. Harvard neuroscientist happens to gets a stroke, achieves a nirvana-like state, and then studies what happened to her to figure it out.

  • In the mood to laugh and also reflect on how schools work and don't?

Ken Robinson

Another classic TED talk, Robinson discusses the importance of creativity. The talk is both charming and deeply thoughtful.

  • In the mood to reconsider how society treats creativity?

Elizabeth Gilbert

Another classic, the top talk for people interested in writing/the arts. Basically, we pressure artists in subtle and unfair ways with our modern conception of what it means to be a 'genius.'

  • In the mood to watch an incredible tech demo?

Pattie Maes

I don't know what's happened to this since then, but this technology was all the buzz when the talk came out. The MIT Media lab has a lot of good talks - I recommend the "Siftables" talk as well.

  • In the mood to smile and laugh at clever advertising?

Rory Sutherland

One of my very favorite talks, it's a clever look at how advertisers actually add value to the world. Also, hilarious. I recommend his other talk as well.

  • Interested in thinking about the role of women in business?

Sheryl Sandberg

One of the most discerning discussions of the state of women in society I've seen, by the COO of Facebook. Discusses the reasons that women hurt themselves professionally, encourages them to take charge.

  • In the mood to think about the dynamics of peace negotiations / be inspired?

William Ury

On how to "get to yes" in a negotiation. Good stuff.

  • In the mood to just be entertained with some sweet juggling?

Michael Moschen

An old one. Long, but worth it - the 'father of juggling' does some crazy stuff.

  • In the mood to see a talk about Reddit?

Alexis Ohanian

Can't leave this one out of this list!

There are many, many more, but this is more than a good start.

Posted via email from David Anders The Computer Guy

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

62 things you can do with Dropbox

http://www.macworld.com/article/161311/62_things_you_can_do_with_dropbox.html

 

62 things you can do with Dropbox

Ask Macworld editors to name our favorite apps, and most of us would mention Dropbox. The file-synchronizing service has revolutionized the way we use our Macs; we’re always looking for new things it can do.

Towards that end, a couple of months ago we posted a note on Macworld.com, asking readers, “How do you use Dropbox?” The response was incredible: Between our forums and email, we received nearly 250 suggestions. We sorted through them and then boiled them down to our 60 favorites. (We added two tips of our own at the beginning, to establish the basics.)

The Basics

1 Go to Dropbox and set up an account. Next, download and install the Dropbox app. Put files and folders that you need to access from various locations and devices into your new Dropbox folder. Then repeat these steps on your other Macs, Windows PCs, and iOS devices. One benefit of storing important files in Dropbox is that it automatically retains older versions of your files, so you can revert to them if necessary.

2 Create folders in Dropbox, and then create symbolic links to those folders on your Mac. Once you’ve done this, whenever you appear to be saving a file to a folder on your Mac (to ~/Documents/Work, say) you’re actually saving it to Dropbox (/Dropbox/Work).

There are a couple of ways to create symbolic links. To do it manually, open Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities) and enter ln -s ~/Dropbox/newfolder ~/path/to/symbolic/link (adjusting as necessary for the locations of your folders). So, for example, if you wanted to move your Documents folder to Dropbox, you could do so and then enter this command in Terminal: ln -s ~/Dropbox/Documents ~/Documents.

If you’d rather not futz with the command line, you could instead use utilities such as MacDropAny ( ), SymbolicLinker (), or DropLink to accomplish the same thing.

What you store

3 It’s probably impractical to put your entire user folder in Dropbox, but you can put the most important folders there: The Documents folder is an obvious one. The Music and Photos folders might work if you have enough Dropbox space. (Remember, you can upgrade from the 2GB that Dropbox gives you for free to 50GB [$10 per month] or 100GB [$20 a month] paid accounts.) Create symbolic links to those folders from your various machines, and you’ll have essentially the same Mac wherever you go.

4 If your hard drive is especially small, make room on it by moving some of your files to Dropbox.

5 Many of us store the files and folders for active projects on the desktop. Put them in Dropbox instead.

6 Scan important personal documents—your passport, driver’s license, marriage certificate, and so on—and store the scans in Dropbox; that way, you can get to them anytime you need to provide a copy.

7 Archive the original installation files of your apps so that you can install (or reinstall) them as necessary on any of your Macs.

PDF copies of user manuals
Store copies of user manuals (see #8).

8 Download PDF copies of the user manuals for products you own—appliances and home-entertainment equipment especially—from the vendors’ Websites, and then save them all to Dropbox.

9 As long as your music collection is small (or your Dropbox storage allotment sufficiently large), store your iTunes media in Dropbox: Create an iTunes Media folder in Dropbox and copy your media files to it. In iTunes, go to iTunes ▶ Preferences, select the Advanced tab, and select the Dropbox folder as the iTunes Media Folder Location. (You shouldn’t sync the iTunes Music Library.xml file; doing so can reportedly make iTunes unstable.)

10 Synchronize Address Book contacts by moving the ~/Library/Application Support/Address Book folder to Dropbox and then creating a symbolic link from its old location to its new one.

11 If you use an inventory app such as Home Inventory () or My Stuff () to keep track of your belongings, save its data files in Dropbox. If the worst should come to pass, you’ll have a full list of items to refer to for insurance purposes.

12 Several third-party utilities—notably 1Password () and TextExpander ()—let you store their data files in Drop- box; you make the change in each program’s preferences. Even if there isn’t explicit Dropbox support, you can sometimes synchronize an app’s data files by (a) finding out where those files are stored and then (b) using the symbolic link trick to move them to Dropbox.

13 Add an extra layer of protection to Dropbox’s own security by creating an encrypted container within your Dropbox folder. Several third-party utilities—including TrueCrypt—will help you do so; or you can use OS X’s own Disk Utility to create an encrypted disk image. Don’t use OS X’s FileVault with Dropbox; they do not get along.

sync app data
Sync data for apps like TextExpander (see #12).

14 Programmers: Check an Xcode project out of the source-control system at work and into a Dropbox folder. At home that night, fire up Xcode, pointing it at the same Dropbox folder, and continue working. When you get back to work the next day, check the project back into source control.

15 Web developers: Use Dropbox to store “local” copies of files you’re working with on live servers. As you change those files, from different locations, they’ll synchronize, so you’ll always have current copies to work on.

16 Move the Web Receipts folder to Dropbox, and then edit the Save To Web Receipts Folder workflow so it points to the new location. Unfortunately, because that workflow is actually a Python script, editing it is nontrivial; you can’t use Automator to do it. The instructions are available online, if you care to search. It’s probably simpler to just create a new Save Receipts shortcut instead.

To do so, navigate to /Library/PDF Services and move the existing Save PDF to Web Receipts Folder.pdfworkflow script somewhere else for safekeeping. Now move the Web Receipts folder from your Documents folder to Dropbox. Make an alias of it (not a symbolic link), and drag that alias into /Library/PDF Services. If you want to, you can rename the alias to make it more active—‘Save To Receipts Folder,’ perhaps.

17 Keep your iWeb domain files in Dropbox. (By default, they’re in ~/Library/Application Support/iWeb/Domain.)

18 Store all your plain-text notes in Dropbox. Plain text is the ideal cross-platform format, and there are many, many text editors (for both OS X and iOS) that are Dropbox-friendly.

19 Synchronize your browser bookmarks. If you use Safari, that means moving the folder ~/Library/Safari to Dropbox, and then creating a symbolic link from the old location to the new.

Firefox stores its bookmarks in a file called ‘places .sqlite,’ which is buried in the folder ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/random­sequenceofcharacters.default. You could synchronize that one file in Dropbox as you do other files. Or you could synchronize your entire profile‚ which includes your history, saved tabs, and more, in addition to bookmarks, by synchronizing that entire folder.

20 If you’d rather not go to the trouble of synchronizing bookmark files or profiles, you can always sync .webloc files linking to specific Websites.

sync iChat logs
Keep iChat logs in sync (see #21)

21 Sync instant-messaging transcripts: If you use iChat, move the iChats folder from Documents to Dropbox. Then open the Messages tab in Preferences and select that folder from Save Chat Transcripts To. If you use the Adium IM client, its logs are kept in ~/Library/Application Support/Adium versionnumber/Users/Default/Logs.

One file, many places

22 Keep your grocery list as a text file in Dropbox, where it will be accessible from anywhere via a smartphone or an iPad. You can add to it from anywhere; if you share it, so can your housemates, say.

23 Before you leave for a business trip, save work documents you’ll need in Dropbox. You can then access them from virtually anywhere via a Mac, an iPhone, or an iPad.

24 If you use both Macs and Windows PCs (whether they’re in the same location or in different places), you can access files stored in Dropbox from all of them. That doesn’t apply to data alone: Some cross-platform apps use the same format for their settings files on both Macs and PCs; Mozilla’s Thunderbird email apps is just one example.

25 Set up a Drop- DAV account, and then synchronize files from the iWork suite on the iPad with Dropbox.

26 Sync files with Android phones, using that platform’s Dropbox app.

27 If your company has more than one location, and you frequently shuttle between them, keep important files in Dropbox so they’re available wherever your office is that day.

28 Give meeting participants iPads, and sync all of those tablets to the same Dropbox folder. You can then distribute meeting agendas and background materials instantly to everyone at the same time.

One file, many users

29 Take advantage of Dropbox’s LAN Sync feature to directly synchronize Macs that are on the same local network. It’s simpler than configuring standard OS X file sharing.

30 Set up separate folders in Dropbox’s Public folder for different clients or coworkers, and then send the separate URLs to each. Alternatively, set up a different shared folder for each project, and then distribute that URL to all project participants.

share public files
Share files for different projects from Dropbox's public folder (see #30)

31 If you outsource some work to outside contractors, post the work files they’ll need in Dropbox and mail them the URL; you can then disable the links when the job is done.

32 Many email services have size limits on file attachments. To send files that are too big for email, post them to a shared folder in Dropbox instead.

33 Working with someone who doesn’t have a Dropbox account? Are the regular shared folders or the Public folder not working for you? Then use AirDropper (airdropper.com) to send and receive files. It’s Dropbox-compatible, so files transferred by AirDropper are accessible in Dropbox.

34 Instead of writing the minutes of a meeting by hand, record everything in audio and then upload the resulting .wav file to Dropbox. From there, you (or someone who works for you) can download it for transcription.

35 To share work files among coworkers, store them in Dropbox’s Public folder; Control-click (or right-click) on a file in that folder, select Copy Public Link, and share that URL. Or share a folder: At dropbox.com, Control-click on a folder, and then select Invite To Folder and provide an email address. Or select Share A Folder from the top menu.

36 You can save money on postage by scanning large documents and then depositing the scans in Dropbox. It’s a lot cheaper than sending those same documents via mail or some other delivery service.

37 If your teleconferencing service doesn’t have its own file-sharing tools (or if you use a generic VoIP service like Skype for your phone meetings), use Dropbox to share the files you’ll refer to on the call.

38 Have traveling workers store scanned receipts and expense reports in a Dropbox folder to which your accountants have access.

39 In projects that require multiple iterations of a document, use Dropbox’s built-in backup as an ad hoc versioning system; if you need to roll back to an earlier version of a work file, you can.

40 Store your company-wide help files and policy documents in Dropbox. That way, when you update one of them, everybody can access the same new versions at the same time.

41 Copy photos to Dropbox, and share the URL with family and friends.

42 Keep your resume in a Dropbox folder and then send out a link to it to potential employers.

43 Post PDFs of the menus (take-out or otherwise) for local restaurants in a shared Dropbox folder, and then use that to coordinate meals out with friends and family.

44 Share a Dropbox folder with parents, and point their Macs to that folder as the source for desktop and screensaver images. Then, when you post pictures of your kids to that folder, they’ll show up on the grandparents’ machines automatically.

Automating Dropbox
Create an Automator workflow that moves selected Finder items to Dropbox (see #56)

45 Keep a far-flung family up-to-date on the latest goings-on by posting personal newsletters to a shared Dropbox folder.

46 Use Dropbox to collaboratively care for aging relatives: If the people who are collaborating on an elder’s care live in different places, everyone can post updates to medical and personal information in Dropbox, so everyone has the same information; you can also leave notes for each other in a text document.

47 Share photos from your travels with folks back home by posting the pictures from your iPhone to a shared Dropbox folder.

48 If you’re the default tech-support person for your friends and extended family, create shared help documents or screencasts that answer the most frequently asked questions.

49 Collect family history documents and photographs from widely scattered relatives in one shared folder.

50 Ask each student to create a Dropbox account and then submit their homework to a shared folder in it; no more “I forgot my computer” excuses.

51 Store reading assignments that are in PDF or some other digital format in a Dropbox folder. If you make annotations in an app like GoodReader, your notes will then be available from anywhere.

Beyond the basics

52 Go to the Send to Dropbox Website (sendtodropbox.com), click on Connect To Dropbox, and provide your Dropbox credentials. You can now email files to Dropbox. That makes all sorts of scenarios possible. For example, create a document in Google Docs and then opt to share it. In the Share drop-down menu, select Email As Attachment and provide your Send to Dropbox email address; the Google Doc will appear in Dropbox’s Attachments folder.

53 Open email attachments on the iPad in GoodReader. Review the document and then save it from GoodReader to Dropbox. When you get back to your Mac, a copy will be waiting for you in your Dropbox folder.

54 Use Dropbox as a backup for your backup. Assuming that your Time Machine backup sets aren’t too huge, periodically save one of them to Dropbox. If both your computer’s hard drive and your backup drive should fail, you could still recover some data. Or, if you notice that your Mac is acting funny, quickly copy important files to Dropbox, in case your Mac really falls apart.

55 Save incrementally between Time Machine’s hourly backups: Save a copy of whatever you’re working on at the moment to Dropbox, adding some sort of time-stamp to its filename.

56 Create an Automator service that copies or moves selected files in the Finder to Dropbox (with permission to overwrite existing files), and then launches the Dropbox app for immediate synchronization.

Hazel + Dropbox
Create a rule in Hazel to automatically process files that are saved to a specific Dropbox folder (see #59)

57 Normally, Dropbox saves versions of your files for 30 days. If you have one of the for-pay Pro accounts, you can install the Pack-Rat add-on. Dropbox will then save those files indefinitely.

58 If you have a file on a remote Mac that you need to access from your iOS device, use SSH or a VNC app like LogMeIn to connect to the Mac and then copy the file to your Dropbox folder; when you next sync, the file will be available on your iPhone or iPad.

59 Automate Dropbox folders by using OS X’s Folder Actions or Noodlesoft’s Hazel (). For example: Save iPhone photos to a Dropbox folder that Hazel monitors. When it sees that a new photo has been added to the folder, it can then apply some image processing and copy the processed version to another folder on your Mac or in Dropbox.

60 Forget about complicated file-sharing settings: Just install the Dropbox app on all of your devices.

61 Configure your BitTorrent client to monitor a Dropbox folder and immediately initiate downloads when a new .torrent file is added to it. You can then copy a file to that Dropbox folder to initiate the download. (Just make sure your client is configured to save those downloads to somewhere other than Dropbox.)

62 If you need to give the same message to a bunch of different people, don’t call them one by one and read from a script. Instead, record the message and post the recording to a public Dropbox folder. Then email the link to everyone.

What You Shouldn’t Sync

Users have reported problems when they’ve tried to synchronize some files via Dropbox. One common thread among those problems is that if a program checks for conflicted copies of its data files, Dropbox could confuse it.

The three biggest apps for which we’ve seen reports about problems are:

  • iTunes (the iTunes Music Library.xml file);
  • iPhoto (its libraries);
  • and Quicken (its data files).

No matter which apps you’re synchronizing via Dropbox, you should be careful to close those files as soon as you’re done with your immediate editing session. That way you won’t inadvertently leave a file open in one place and create file conflicts when you try to open it from another.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Apple - About Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1433

About Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Built right into OS X Lion, Lion Recovery lets you repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without the need for a physical disc.

The Lion Recovery Disk Assistant lets you create Lion Recovery on an external drive that has all of the same capabilities as the built-in Lion Recovery: reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari.

Note: In order to create an external Lion Recovery using the Lion Recovery Assistant, the Mac must have an existing Recovery HD.

To create an external Lion Recovery, download the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant application. Insert an external drive, launch the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant,  select the drive where you would like to install, and follow the on screen instructions.

When the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant completes, the new partition will not be visible in the Finder or Disk Utility. To access Lion Recovery, reboot the computer while holding the Option key. Select Recovery HD from the Startup Manager. 

For detailed information on this update, please visit: About Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Lion Disk Maker - build a bootable USB key from Mac OS X Lion’s Installer

http://blog.gete.net/lion-diskmaker-us/

What is Lion Disk Maker?

Lion Disk Maker is a small application programmed with AppleScript that you can use with Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 to burn a DVD or build a bootable USB key from Mac OS X Lion’s Installation programm.

Download the application ( ZIP file, 380 KB).

As soon as you launch the application, it checks the presence of Mac OS X Lion Install in the /Applications folder, or tries to find one using Spotlight. Then, it proposes to build a DVD or create a USB bootable install disk.

To burn the DVD, you’ll need a SuperDrive and a writable DVD (single layer, 4,7 GB). To build a bootable disk, you’ll need a 4GB (minimum) USB or Firewire drive or an SD-Card. WARNING! The whole contents of the drive (including every other volume from this drive) will be erased! Please backup any data on another disk if necessary.

If you have any question, or wish to report a bug, please send an e-mail: webmaster AT  gete DOT net.

FAQ

I am told I have no copy of Mac OS X Lion Install available.

Mac OS X Lion Install is automatically erased after you upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion. If you need to download it again, open the Mac App Store, open the Purchase page while pressing Option (Alt) key. You’ll be able to download Mac OS X Lion Install again.

The best time to use Lion DiskMaker is when you just finish downloading Lion from the Mac App Store.

I encountered the following message :

The disk could not be created because of an error : An error occured : 1. hdiutil: attach failed – No such file or directory

This happens if you chose the wrong Mac OS X Lion Install application, or if you mounted manually the InstallESD.dmg file first.

The simple answer is: don’t do this :-) Lion DiskMaker is clever enough to detect your copy of Mac OS X Lion Install itself. Then it will mount the DMG file itself.

Yes, that’s cool, but I don’t have the complete Mac OS X Install app and I just kept the InstallESD.dmg file. So do I have to re-download Lion again?

There is a clever trick, courtesy of hardmac.com, which allows to use Lion DiskMaker even if you kept only the DMG file :

1) Create a folder « Install Mac OS X Lion » in /Applications.

2) Add the Contents/SharedSupport folders in it.

3) Add the InstallESD.dmg file in the SharedSupport folder.

4) Now add .app at the end of Install Mac OS X Lion folder. There should be a Forbidden sign on it, but it does not matter.

Now, Launch Lion DiskMaker and it should detect the app automatically. Then choose your USB key, and… GERONIMOOOOOOOOOO!

I just bought a brand new Mac with Lion pre-installed and no boot disk, can I use Lion DiskMaker?

No, sadly, it won’t work. You won’t be able to reinstall Lion from the Mac App Store… You’ll have to use the Recovery disk to reinstall Lion from the Internet, as explained in Apple’s Knowledge Base. Or use Apple’s own Recovery Disk Assistant.

Can I use a FireWire or SD-Card?

Yes, you can, though the USB drive is « universal » and works on any Mac.

My drive was completely erased!

Yup. This is how the software works, and you are warned before choosing the drive. Backup any file on your drive before using the software if necessary. And use a dedicated, small drive (a 4 GB USB key is incredibly cheap these days).

Can I redistribute this software ?

Sure, as long as you mention the author and don’t suppress any comment or change anything in its package.

Booting from the DVD is slooooow as hell…

A DVD will always be slower than a USB key, and it seems Lion’s disk image is not optimized for use with optical disks. If you can avoid it, well… avoid it, and use a USB key.

Lion DiskMaker is donationware

If you found this program useful and wish to make a donation, you can use the Paypal button below (I also accept iTunes Store vouchers ;-) ). However, if you wish to use it without paying, I am totally fine with this. I intend to keep the software free of charge.

Monday, August 1, 2011

How To Disable Google’s Personalization Of Search Results

How To Disable Google’s Personalization Of Search Results
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/disable-googles-personalization-search-results/

It’s never been a secret that Google uses your personal information (web history and browser data) by default to personalize your search results. Basically what it means is that what you see for some Google searches is (slightly) different from what other people see for the same searches.
You may like the feature (but want to switch it off for some searches) or you may want to disable it completely – it’s up to you and your purposes.

Help articles › Managing and using Google products › Web History › Basics
http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=54068&hl=en
Web History offers you more relevant search results and recommendations based on your web activity, providing you with a more personalized experience on Google.
To access your Web History, visit http://www.google.com/history

[My Web History seems to go back to Jan 2006]

 

Sunday, July 31, 2011

OS X Lion - Apple Support How-To Troubleshooting Document Updates

Apple Support How-To Troubleshooting Document Updates

OS X Lion: Installer reports "This disk cannot be used to start up your computer"

OS X Lion: Can I use AirDrop with my computer?

OS X Lion: About Auto Save and Versions

OS X Lion: Using FileVault 2 and Lion Recovery

OS X Lion: Diagnostic & Usage

OS X Lion: About wired and wireless keyboards

OS X v10.6, OS X Lion: Cannot install Mac OS X v10.6 or later on a volume used (now or prev) by Time Machine for backups

OS X Lion: Application icon has a prohibitory sign, or "PowerPC applications are no longer supported" appears

OS X Lion: iTunes opens to "created by a newer version" alert

OS X Lion: About Windows Migration Assistant

OS X Lion: About FileVault 2

OS X Lion: FileVault 2 and network users

Accessing 802.1X networks in OS X Lion

Known Issues with Adobe products on Mac OS 10.7 Lion

OS X Lion's Internet Recovery tool is one more nail in the DVD's coffin

Onyx 2.4.0b2 BETA for Lion

Lion Cache Cleaner

TinkerTool v4.6 (adds 10.7 support)

MacFixit OSX Lion 10.7 Questions and Answers - The Computer Guy, Seattle

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers, Lion edition   July 28, 2011
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20085006-263/q-a-macfixit-answers-lion-edition/?tag=mncol;txt
Question: Sharing data between operating systems in a dual-boot environment
Question: Extract Rosetta from Snow Leopard for use in Lion?

Question: Installing Lion on multiple machines

Question: How to re-download the Lion installer

Question: Installing Lion on a Mac being sold

Question: Performing a clean install with OS X Lion

 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mac OSX Lion 10.7 MacWorld Links

MacWorld - OS X Lion: The Complete MacWorld Review
http://www.macworld.com/article/161026/2011/07/osx_lion_review.html

Macworld - Installing Lion: Our complete guide
http://www.macworld.com/article/161064/2011/07/installing_lion_complete_guide.html

MacWorld - How to make Lion more like Snow Leopard
http://www.macworld.com/article/161357/2011/07/how_to_make_lion_more_like_snow_leopard.html

MacWorld - Mac OS X Lion Application Compatibility
http://www.macworld.com/article/161308/2011/07/lion_app_compat.html

MacWorld - Upgrading to Lion at an Apple Store
http://www.macworld.com/article/161305/2011/07/lion_apple_store.html

MacWorld - Mac 911: The 5-minute Lion Configuration
http://www.macworld.com/article/161247/2011/07/5minute_lion_config.html

MacWorld - Installing Lion: What you need to know
http://www.macworld.com/article/161065/2011/07/installing_lion_what_you_need_to_know.html

MacWorld - Hands on with Lion Recovery
http://www.macworld.com/article/161088/2011/07/hands_on_lion_recovery_mode.html

MacWorld - How to make a bootable Lion install disc or drive
http://www.macworld.com/article/161069/2011/07/make_a_bootable_lion_installer.html

MacWorld - Installing Lion: Our complete guide
http://www.macworld.com/article/161064/2011/07/installing_lion_complete_guide.html

MacWorld - Should you do a "clean install" of Lion?
http://www.macworld.com/article/161203/2011/07/should_you_clean_install_lion.html

Macworld - How to install Lion over Leopard
http://www.macworld.com/article/161087/2011/07/install_lion_over_leopard.html

MacWorld - Get your Mac ready for Lion
http://www.macworld.com/article/160943/2011/07/get_your_mac_ready_for_lion.html

MacWorld Mac 911: Last word on Lion and application compatibility
http://www.macworld.com/article/160783/2011/06/lion_app_last.html

MacWorld Mac 911: Lion compatibility; native or not?
http://www.macworld.com/article/160626/2011/06/native_not.html

Some of my other blogs, pages and links.
David Anders Wordpress   David Anders Posterous
LocalWebPromotion Wordpress
   LocalWebPromotion Tumblr

 

 

Mac OSX Lion 10..7 MacWorld Links

MacWorld - OS X Lion: The Complete MacWorld Review
http://www.macworld.com/article/161026/2011/07/osx_lion_review.html

Macworld - Installing Lion: Our complete guide
http://www.macworld.com/article/161064/2011/07/installing_lion_complete_guide.html

MacWorld - How to make Lion more like Snow Leopard
http://www.macworld.com/article/161357/2011/07/how_to_make_lion_more_like_snow_leopard.html

MacWorld - Mac OS X Lion Application Compatibility
http://www.macworld.com/article/161308/2011/07/lion_app_compat.html

MacWorld - Upgrading to Lion at an Apple Store
http://www.macworld.com/article/161305/2011/07/lion_apple_store.html

MacWorld - Mac 911: The 5-minute Lion Configuration
http://www.macworld.com/article/161247/2011/07/5minute_lion_config.html

MacWorld - Installing Lion: What you need to know
http://www.macworld.com/article/161065/2011/07/installing_lion_what_you_need_to_know.html

MacWorld - Hands on with Lion Recovery
http://www.macworld.com/article/161088/2011/07/hands_on_lion_recovery_mode.html

MacWorld - How to make a bootable Lion install disc or drive
http://www.macworld.com/article/161069/2011/07/make_a_bootable_lion_installer.html

MacWorld - Installing Lion: Our complete guide
http://www.macworld.com/article/161064/2011/07/installing_lion_complete_guide.html

MacWorld - Should you do a "clean install" of Lion?
http://www.macworld.com/article/161203/2011/07/should_you_clean_install_lion.html

Macworld - How to install Lion over Leopard
http://www.macworld.com/article/161087/2011/07/install_lion_over_leopard.html

MacWorld - Get your Mac ready for Lion
http://www.macworld.com/article/160943/2011/07/get_your_mac_ready_for_lion.html

MacWorld Mac 911: Last word on Lion and application compatibility
http://www.macworld.com/article/160783/2011/06/lion_app_last.html

MacWorld Mac 911: Lion compatibility; native or not?
http://www.macworld.com/article/160626/2011/06/native_not.html

Apple releases $69 USB Lion Installer
http://www.macworld.com/article/161769/2011/08/apple_releases_69_usb_lion_installer.html

Apple Store Link - $69 USB Lion Installer
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD256?mco=MjQ1MzkyMDY

Apple releases 10.7.1 Lion update
http://www.macworld.com/article/161781/2011/08/apple_releases_10_7_1_lion_update.html

About the OS X Lion v10.7.1 Update
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4764

Is your printer compatible with Lion?
http://www.macworld.com/article/161696/2011/08/how_to_find_out_if_your_printer_is_compatible_with_lion.html

Some of my other blogs, pages and links.
David Anders Wordpress   David Anders Posterous
LocalWebPromotion Wordpress
   LocalWebPromotion Tumblr

 

 

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Friday, July 22, 2011

AllExperts Question July 2011, PowerMac G4 can not modify CD-RW

My AllExperts Mac OSX Q&A   http://en.allexperts.com/q/Macintosh-OS-1063/indexExp_16292.htm

Q:

PowerMac G4 - OSX 10.4.11

I cannot modify a CDRW  even though I am the administrator . Get Info shows my name as owner
the read write is dimmed, the access is dimmed, the Ignore Ownership is checked but I still have no  control over the the disk.It tells me it cannot be modified. What gives

A:

Internal CD drive? - look in System Profiler and check the Disc Burning - the drive may not be a CD-RW drive.
Can't modify A CD-RW? Or ANY CD-RW?
Have you ever been able to do this?
If you have, what brand was able to be modified? Using the same brand now?
Was the CD-RW created on your computer? Was it created on a Mac? If created on a PC, there can be problems with modification, or it can be locked.
I would test with a New Blank CD-RW and test.
Highlight the CD-RW and get info. Uncheck Ignore Ownership, close Get Info, open it again, and see if the options have changed.
You can look up your computer's specs at   http://everymac.com

Start up in Safe Mode (shift key down)  check the status -  there may be non apple software interfering.
Open Disk Utility (utilities folder) and see what it says about the CD

Doing monthly maintenance is a good idea.
I use AppleJack most frequently  
http://www.macworld.com/article/135377/2008/09/applejack15.html

Good Luck
David Anders
The Computer Guy, Seattle
Fremont, Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

AllExperts Mac OSX question July 2011 Mac Mini Desktop Icons and Erratic Mouse

My AllExperts Mac OSX Q&A   http://en.allexperts.com/q/Macintosh-OS-1063/indexExp_16292.htm

Q:

My PC is mac mini, OS X.4.11.
An odd anomaly has begun when I boot up the PC.
All icons on desktop have enlargened to max size, the text within
is enormous, folders the same. If I shut down and restart, 4 or 5 times, 3the problem vanishes, only to return again.

SIMULTANEOUSLY, my apple pro optical mouse has begun to
be quirky, the cursor leaps and jumps around, settles down, then
gets wacky again for 2 or 3 minutes. I have never seen this quirkiness before and don't know how to troubleshoot it !

A:

Running a monthly maintenance utility is one of my main recommendations - Mac or Windows.
On Mac, I prefer AppleJack. It runs in Single User Mode (white text on a black screen). This allows it to run fsck (file system check) the same utility that Safe Mode runs at atartup and Disk Utility runs on hard drives other than the current startup drive.
AppleJack review  http://www.macworld.com/article/135377/2008/09/applejack15.html
AppleJack download   http://applejack.sourceforge.net/

Another option is YASU (yet another system utility)

The size of the Finder Desktop Folders is set in the Desktop View Options under View menu
If you change the settings to your preference without any other programs running and no Finder Windows open and restart the Mac it may fix it.
OR delete the com.apple.desktop.plist in your USER > LIBRARY > PREFERENCES  folder

The flaky mouse is most likely a dying battery.
Second mostly likely a less than ideal surface - try a manila folder.
Third most likely, the mouse needs replacing.
Fourth, the lense on the bottom needs cleaning.
SEE   http://www.google.com/search?q=osx+erratic+wireless+mouse

Good Luck
David Anders
The Computer Guy, Seattle
Ballard, Queen Anne, Fremont, Magnolia

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How to Predict Results from SEO - and How Not To - by Wil Reynolds

How to Predict Results from SEO - and How Not To - by Wil Reynolds
Should you spend the time and money to optimize your site to get higher rankings for certain keywords? How much extra sales will you achieve? What's your Return On Investment (ROI).
When you're trying to predict results you'll get from organic search engine optimization -- especially ROI -- you find all sorts of complications. Let me outline problems you'll encounter in click-through rate data, personalized search, as well as changes in the search engine results pages: image results, local results, shopping results, and news results. Then, I'll explain where to get the best data to predict your ROI.

Web Presence is Simple - Local Web Promotion not so much

   People are looking for you and your business on the internet.
  70% of US households use the Internet as an information source when shopping locally for products and services. (Kelsey Group)   Product research and comparison shopping happens online, but 67% of those purchases happen offline. (Accenture)
  43% of all searches on Google include a geographical identifier (city, town or zip code).
  86% of those people followed up with a phone call.
  61% of those people ended up making a purchase offline.
  25% of all commercial Internet searches are conducted by users looking for local merchants. (Kelsey Group)

   People EXPECT you and your business to be on the internet.
For the first time in history, the majority of consumers are using the Internet rather than the phone book to find local products and services.
And local search is an area where local businesses can compete on a level playing field with larger name brands.

Old paper advertising mediums simply do not have the capacity to display the features and content that every local business owner should be using…
  *  Links to your website, ecommerce page or blog
  *  Up to 10 pictures of your business
  *  Videos of your business, products or services
  *  Downloadable special offer coupons
  *  A map with directions to your business

Most of these internet local listings are free
All that is required is basic business info, hours, tagline, logo, photo and some time.

   Web Presence is Simple
A free website?  Just something for the business card?

A free blog?  Just to demonstrate your digital presence?

Check out ScribeFire to help with your blog posting.

   Local Web Promotion is Not
Helping people with their Local Web Promotion since 2010.
Explain the options. Advise on a course. Create the structure. Connect the pieces. Plan the maintenance.

Start with a Gmail account.
Claim your Google Places Business Listing.
Create your Google Personal Profile.
Create a Google Blogspot blog.
Create a Google Sites website.
Open a Google Analytics Account to track your websites and blogs.
Open a Google Picasa account for storing photos used on your sites.
A Google Youtube channel can store your videos.
An iGoogle portal can show your other site's RSS feeds.
A Wordpress blog would be useful.
A Posterous blog will take your email sent to it and put it on all your blogs.
Tumblr blogs have their adherents.
A YELP Business page is crucial for some businesses.
Bing Business Portal will give you a Business page for free.
Yahoo has a business center as well.
A GoGoPin business website can do tricks with your FaceBook Page.
And of course Biznik, LinkedIn, Yellowpages, Superpages and other local linstings.

David Anders   The Computer Guy, Seattle  (206) 296-8438
Or email me at - mailto:localwebpromotion@gmail.com

My Local Web Promotion Blogs
http://localwebpromotion.wordpress.com
http://localwebpromotion.posterous.com
http://localwebpromotion.blogspot.com

Monday, June 27, 2011

How a Shoestring Staff With a Minuscule Budget - Viral Marketing - Web Presence

How a Shoestring Staff With a Minuscule Budget Turned Mondays Meatless

And the amazing part is that all this happened with zero advertising, no fancy PR firm and a shoestring staff.

Build a presence online: Although this concept is obvious these days, it’s still not easy to do. In January 2009, there was just one blogger who was regularly touting meatless recipes on Mondays. Today there are more than 150, including the Food Network’s Dish blog. Elam, who — full disclosure — is a friend, says he engaged bloggers by highlighting them on Meatless Monday’s site with a wall of fame.
My Tagline - David Anders  The Computer Guy, Seattle  Local Web Promotion, Web Presence

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Email Basics Blog

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Email Basics - Things You Should Know

Multiple Email Clients View Online
You can have two or six email clients viewing your email at the same time.
Why would I do that?
If your email exists in two email clients, you have a backup of your email available at any time. This can be useful in troubleshooting email problems.
If one email client corrupts and loses all your email you have a backup.
I use Webmail in my browser for my email??
You can also use an email client to access your Gmail, or AOL, or HotMail or Yahoo email. You may find that useful.

Thunderbird and Postbox Express are two free email clients for Windows and Macintosh.

Email Backup - IMPORTANT

If you feel your email records are important, and you do not backup your email, you may be seeking disaster.

Macintosh - Email Backup is an easy to use, automated email backup solution. I have not tested this utility extensively. There is a free and pro version $10
Download

Windows - Static Email Backup can easy backup your message store from Windows Mail, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, Outlook, Becky!, Thunderbird, IncrediMail and Eudora. $50 for all client support $25 for one client.
Download Trial

Email Maintenance - IMPORTANT

Almost All Email Clients require monthly maintanence.
If not done, you can lose all your emails and addressbook.
If the email database becomes too large, it it is not compacted once in a while, or rebuilt the danger of loss increases.
Sending an email to the trash is not enough, you have to empty the trash also.

Macintosh Entourage - Start Entourage with option key down and select Compact database: Use this option to compact and to back up the current database files. You can use this option to help recover some space from the database.
SEE Entourage HowTo
Why It’s Critically Important to Backup Entourage

Mac and Win Thunderbird - To reclaim that space for the current account and compact folders in Mozilla Thunderbird, Netscape or Mozilla:
* Select File | Compact Folders from the menu.
If your folders are big and you have deleted lots of (large) messages since the last compacting, this can take some time.
Thunderbird Tips

Windows Outlook -
The larger your PST file gets, the more chances are for it to become damaged. This happens because, while the PST file size is increasing, Outlook needs more and more resources to complete your tasks, so it becomes slower and more prone to errors.
To Force Compact Databse
In folder view, right click on Personal Folders
click on Properties for "Personal Folders"
Click on the Advanced... button
Click Compact Now button
How to repair Outlook folders
Outlook Tips

Email Help & Support

Helpful Emails - The Other Basic Subjects

blogger email facebook linkedin plurk posterous wordpress

This Post was pasted from Thunderbird to Firefox

[This is being written in Thunderbird email client on a Mac]
An email about Creating the structure of your Web Presence for your Local Web Promotion was written
It contained links and a signature with a PNG logo image that was originally on my Laptop Hard Drive
the signature also contains mailto:  links and a blogsite link.
The email was in Thunderbird on a Mac and pasted into Scribefire in Firefox on the Mac.
It was posted to my wordpress.com blog by Scribefire and was faultless.
I will copy, paste and post this with scribefire to the three blogs below

http://scribefire.com

http://davidanders.wordpress.com

http://computerguyseattle.blogspot.com/

http://davidanders.tumblr.com
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David Anders
The Computer Guy, Seattle
davidanders@gmail.com
Local Web Promotion, Seattle
localwebpromotion@gmail.com
My WordPress Blog
(206) 286-8438

Using ScribeFire to post to your blogs

[This is being written in Thunderbird email client on a Mac]
An email about Creating the structure of your Web Presence for your Local Web Promotion was written
It contained links and a signature with a PNG logo image that was originally on my Laptop Hard Drive
the signature also contains mailto:  links and a blogsite link.
The email was in Thunderbird on a Mac and pasted into Scribefire in Firefox on the Mac.
It was posted to my wordpress.com blog by Scribefire and was faultless.
I will copy, paste and post this with scribefire to the three blogs below

http://scribefire.com

http://davidanders.wordpress.com

http://computerguyseattle.blogspot.com/

http://davidanders.tumblr.com

--
 

David Anders
The Computer Guy, Seattle
davidanders@gmail.com
Local Web Promotion, Seattle
localwebpromotion@gmail.com
My WordPress Blog
(206) 286-8438

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

LWP - Choosing a Password

If you plan to increase or begin your Local Web Promotion, choosing a password to use on all the sites and pages you create is one of the first steps.
Forgetting passwords (especially many passwords) is a common problem.
Choose a word that is 8 characters or longer.
Choose a word that contains an 'A' 'S' 'O' 'I' 'L'
Change the A to an @
Change the S to an $
Change the O to a 0 (zero)
Change the i to a ! (upside down i)
Change the l (el) to a 1 (one)
Etc.
Some sites require all or some of these - letters, numbers, symbols, capital letters, lowercase letters.
Most sites require 8 or more characters.
Use a database or list to keep track of your sites, pages and passwords.
Write them down three times and tape one to the ceiling.
I have developed such a database and will post it online, soon.
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David Anders
The Computer Guy, Seattle
davidanders@gmail.com
Local Web Promotion, Seattle
localwebpromotion@gmail.com
My WordPress Blog
(206) 286-8438

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mac Thunder Sig Test

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The Computer Guy, Seattle
Local Web Promotion, Seattle
My WordPress Blog
davidanders@gmail.com
(206) 286-8438

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