Good advice!

Posted on 05. Mar, 2013 by in Consult

goodadviceWritten by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer Newspaper, Cleveland, Ohio.

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.. Read More…

New Google Glasses

Posted on 22. Jun, 2012 by in Consult

The glasses run a form of Google’s Android operating system that appears to be both voice-controlled and, less familiarly, view-controlled: A bar of small icons floats just above the wearer’s line of sight, and by looking upward, the wearer can interact with the icons to view the weather, send text messages, and do much of what a smartphone can do. In addition to smartphone functionality, however, the Google glasses attempt to interact with the world that it sees in front of and around the wearer, “augmenting” or supplementing the reality that the wearer experiences.  Read more.

See Google’s YouTube video for what your day can be like!

Become an Amazon Affiliate

Posted on 18. Jun, 2012 by in Consult

Online shopping has become more and more popular. It’s so much easier to price compare online without running from store to store. Seems like lately the stores don’t even stock the item I’m looking for and they recommend that I order it online – why did I bother coming into the store?!

If you have a website and/or blog, you are probably writing about products and making recommendations, even if that is not your main form of income for your business. Why not get a little credit for making sound recommendations to your readers? Read More…

EverNote Software

Posted on 02. Jun, 2012 by in Consult

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I’ve been using for client calls when we need to get more than one of us on the call at the same time.  It’s working great.

This week I noticed that it has a sync with EVERNOTE software. You can download it or just use in the browser. I haven’t done the download yet. I believe I can sync with my phone too. I’ll search for the EverNote app for Android. Read More…

What’s the interest in Pinterest

Posted on 01. Jun, 2012 by in Consult

You may have heard about Pinterest lately.  It’s a growing social networking website, much like Facebook, that allows everyone to share photos.

Pinterest calls itself a “Virtual Pinboard”. It’s symbol is the letter “P” on a red circle. A “pin” is an image. You can push the image or pin into your boards to save and organize your favorites. Read More…

Google Docs -> Google Drive

Posted on 29. May, 2012 by in Consult

If you have a need to work together as a team and collaborate, I would suggest using Google Documents, or Google Docs for short.

You can login using a gmail account, and it’s easy to setup if you don’t have an account yet.

I recommend this software because you can:

  • Create & collaborate
  • See what each person is entering as they type it
  • Your documents are stored online and not lost Read More…

Ordered New Business Cards

Posted on 25. May, 2012 by in Consult

I just ordered new business cards*.  It’s fun to put together an updated look! You know I had to pick a red background since my company is named “Reddin’ Up”.

I wanted to include my primary contact information — name, phone, email and website addresses. This year I included my QR code. I’m sure you have started to see these codes on everything now.

QR code refers to Quick Response Code, meaning that our lives are so busy we can’t take the time to type in a website address anymore. Read More…

Make Good Art

Posted on 24. May, 2012 by in Consult

Have you watched the Neil Gaiman Commencement Speech? He’s a writer speaking at an Arts school graduation.

It’s so inspirational, you need to watch it!  Here’s the takeaways that I got from it:

  • He didn’t attend college, became a writer making it up as he went along. Used his imagination.
  • Didn’t follow the ‘normal’ path. He created a list of everything he wanted to do in his life. And kept doing the things on his list. Read More…

New 3M Projector

Posted on 10. May, 2012 by in Consult

At our NAPO-Ohio meeting yesterday, 3M presented many new products.  One was this cute little projector.  You can’t tell by this image, but it’s only 4″ x 4″ x 2″.  Pop in your laptop bag and go!

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Photo Software

Posted on 11. Apr, 2012 by in Consult

I recently purchased Photoshop Elements ($99) for updating photos for a client website. I’m not sure yet if I love it. I’m quicker right now with MS Paint and my Nikon camera software PictureProject for cropping and resizing photos. I always want to check out what all Google+ software offers.

Here’s a list of software that you may want to check out .. Read More…

TeamViewer Software

Posted on 12. Mar, 2012 by in Consult

Had a need with one of my clients to demo some software, with a few people, from a distance. We were searching for a package that would let 2 other people see my computer. I already use so we can call each other for meetings, but we needed to share the screen.  We, of course, wanted a free option. Read More…

2007 Intranet Design Award

Posted on 01. Mar, 2012 by in Consult

I was very fortunate to work with a great group of people at AEP.  In 2007, our team received an award for our design on the AEP Corporate Intranet from Nielsen Norman group.

The team was made up of graphic designers, programmers, computer network analysts, and usability analysts.

The result was a great looking, functional web design.  It consisted of company news, useful links, local weather (for a hundred locations), executive profiles, links to departmental blogs, and various other corporate information.

Free Conference Calls

Posted on 07. Feb, 2012 by in Consult

Do you have a need to get a few people on the phone at the same time? I do for my business, and a friend recommended this site —

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Lotus Notes

Posted on 03. Feb, 2012 by in Consult

I started working on Lotus Notes databases back in 1992, when it first came out. I’ve enjoyed the process of creating quick databases that are both easy to use and effective business process improvements.

I started working at AEP in May 1998 in their Lotus Notes group. We created many Notes databases for all lines of business — generation, transmission, customer service, IT & HR, legal, etc. We’re now working on a Notes assessment project to see if the platform is still giving us that competitive edge that is needed. It’s a “digital” organization project of sorts.

Our assessment is showing us that we have over 1100 Notes databases in production.  Of those, close to 400 are no longer used and can be retired. We have approximately 300 that can be easily transitioned to SharePoint, accessible via the browser and connects well to Outlook and Office products such as Word and Excel.  The remainders are harder to transition and replace and we’ll continue to look for alternative solutions for these.