The $1.3 Trillion Price Of Not Tweeting At Work

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On June 6, Larry Ellison–CEO of Oracle, one of the largest and most advanced computer technology corporations in the world–tweeted for the very first time. In doing so, he joined a club that remains surprisingly elite. Among CEOs of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, a mere 20 have Twitter accounts. Ellison, by the way, hasn’t tweeted since.

As social media spreads around the globe, one enclave has proven stubbornly resistant: the boardroom. Within the C-suite, perceptions remain that social media is at best a soft PR tool and at worst a time sink for already distracted employees. Without a push from the top, many of the biggest companies have been slow to take the social media plunge.

A new report from McKinsey Global Institute, however, makes the business case for social media a little easier to sell. According to an analysis of 4,200 companies by the business consulting giant, social technologies stand to unlock from $900 billion to $1.3 trillion in value. At the high end, that approaches Australia’s annual GDP. How’s that for a bottom line? Read more here.

via The $1.3 Trillion Price Of Not Tweeting At Work | Fast Company. By Ryan Holmes|August 30, 2012

How To Properly Treat Old Glory –
United States Flag Proper Etiquette

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United States of America Flag

How many of us really know how to properly use, display, store, display or treat our magnificent “Old Glory”? What are the Standards of Respect, the right way to raise and lower the flag, saluting the flag, and lots more?

This Independence Day,  I hope you’ll join me in taking some time to review, explore and pass along to our children, grand children and anyone else how we should all treat and respect our flag. Have a wonderful Independence Day!

STANDARDS of RESPECT

The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are: Read the rest of this entry »

Linked-Out!
Millions of LinkedIn Passwords Leaked

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linkedin logo smallA hacker has reportedly leaked nearly 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords. LinkedIn on Wednesday issued an apology to its members for the security breach. While the passwords are encrypted, security officials warn that hackers will likely be working to decrypt the stolen passwords, and account users would be smart to change their passwords as soon as possible.

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10 Apps Murray Can’t Live Without #6 – Realist Value Map

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Realist Value MapMy first five “Ten Apps Murray Can’t Live Without” started with  Seamonkey, DropBox KeePass and Evernote and PandoraJam.

This months app I can’t live without isn’t really an app – it’s a link – but I can’t live without it!

Realist Value Map is pretty close to the real estate industry’s standard Realist Tax application. Realtor’s use the Realist Tax application for a wide variety of things – property tax information, loan history, and of course – property value profiling.

With Realist Value Map, you can search anywhere in the United States and get a pretty quick, accurate idea of what your property value is – way more accurate than some of the other web sites like Zillow, Redfin, etc. in our opinion.

If you want to get a good estimate of how much your property is worth today, click here to go to our Realist Value Map page.

10 Apps Murray Can’t Live Without – #5 PandoraJam

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PandoraJamMy first four “Ten Apps Murray Can’t Live Without” started with Seamonkey, DropBox and KeePass and Evernote.

This months app I can’t live without is a fun one! PandoraJam, but PC users please note – this is a Mac only app. You’ve all heard of Pandora, but what if you could get the songs playing on Pandora onto your computer, iPod and iPad?

Well now you can. PandoraJam automatically loads Pandora (and your stations), and then automatically loads them into your iTunes library! It’s the greatest, easiest and free-est way to build your music library.

I for instance wanted some early Cuban jazz, so I fired up PandoraJam, searched Pandora for “Desi Arnez” (remember I Love Lucy?), and muy rápido – I had dozens of classic Cuban jazz songs loaded onto my Mac – muy bueno!

There’s a free version and a paid version. Here’s the difference according to them.

The download is a fully-operational free trial version of PandoraJam. It is identical to the purchased version, except that recording and wireless streaming of audio stops after a few songs (but can be restarted with a click of the mouse). The restrictions are removed once the product is purchased and the associated registration information is entered in the registration dialog.

PandoraJam costs US $15. Existing users upgrade for free

Get PandoraJam free now and give it a trial, then spend the best 15 bucks of your lives and rock on! Click here to learn more about PandoraJam. I also upgraded my Pandora account ($3 month) to get rid of the annoying ads, you may want to too.

 

10 Apps Murray Can’t Live Without – #4 Evernote

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Evernote LogoMy first three “Ten Apps Murray Can’t Live Without” started with Seamonkey, DropBox and KeePass. This month’s app I can’t live without is Evernote. Have you ever honestly said “I don’t know how I ever lived without that app!” Well here is mine, honestly. Evernote allows you to easily take notes on just about anything, anywhere, anytime, with any device and seamlessly sync them with all your devices on the fly for reference anywhere, anytime – well you get the picture.

Evernote is free for every device (there is a premium version that has more features and more storage, but I find the free version more than adequate) – Mac, PCs, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, Blackberries, etc. You download the app on to your devices, set-up a Evernote account, and all of your text notes, images, photos, snapshots, clip web pages clippings , and in some cases audio notes are stored on the Evernote “cloud”, that’s how you can access all your stuff anywhere at anytime.

To find out more and download Evernote go to: http://www.evernote.com.

#2 & #3 of the 10 Computer Apps Murray Can’t Live Without

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Two months ago,  I started my “Top-Ten list of Apps I Can’t Live Without with Seamonkey”, you can read the article here, or read all of “The 10 Computer Apps Murray Can’t Live Without” here.

This month, since I missed a month I’m going to tell you about two apps that when used together allow you to manage and store passwords and user names securely and access them no matter where you are (as long as you have an internet or mobile connection).  Here’s how I do it.

keepass logo#2 – Keepass and KeePassX (a computer and mobile app)

I don’t know about you, but I have at least 100 different sites, apps, accounts or whatever that I need to have user names and passwords for. I started out years ago with a post-it note on my bulletin board, and soon it was on to an Excel spreadsheet. Problem was, if for any reason some bad person got into my computer, they could easily open the spreadsheet and get and get all my passwords.

I used a Mac only app for years, but recently I found KeePass (KeePassX for Mac). Keepass is a highly encrypted open source app that allows you to store your user names, passwords, site URL’s, notes and more in an easy to use and SAFE database.

It’s Free, But….

KeePass once again is Open Source – that means it’s free! But, if you want to use it without being at your computer there’s a catch. It is not a “cloud” app. That means that the app resides on the hard drive of a computer somewhere and that means if you are on your smart phone, you can’t get to your KeePass on your computer to retrieve your passwords, right?

Not exactly….

Here’s How You Can Use KeePass Anywhere!

Well, how do you access KeePass if it’s not a cloud app and it is on my computer hard drive (you ask)? Not only is KeePass a computer app, it’s available for mobile devices like iPhones, Android phones, etc. (download links below). If you have KeePass on your computer, and you have KeePass on your mobile, you can access it anywhere, here’s how.

DropBox To The Rescue!

DropBox is a free (up to 2 gigabytes of storage free, more for $$) cloud application that allows you put ANYTHING into your DropBox on your computer, and then share it with ANYONE that you give access to! You can share photos, documents and in this case your KeePass database when you put the KeePass database into the DropBox folder on your computer. Another great benefit to DropBox is that it securely stores the documents in your DropBox on their servers, so you can to access the stuff in your DropBox from any computer anywhere as long as there is an internet connection.

Simply go to the link below, download DropBox onto your hard drive, then create a DropBox account online. Now, when you

Wrap It All Up – Passwords and User Names Anywhere – Anytime.

1. Put your KeePass database in your DropBox.

2. Download the DropBox and KeePass mobile apps for your mobile device.

3. Open DropBox on your mobile device and voila – your KeePass database is there for you to access and even edit if you like.

This works great for me, it’s all free, it’s secure, it takes minimum set-up, and it is easy to use once it is set up. Hope you like it!

More Information and To Download

KeePass

KeePass Info: http://keepass.info/

KeePass PC & Mac Download (look for the correct version for your OS):
http://keepass.info/download.html

KeePass Mobile Download (look for the correct version for your device):
Go to the app store for your mobile device

DropBox

DropBox is free. However, if you decide to get DropBox, email us here. We will send you an invitation to get DropBox and by doing it this way we can get additional space above the 20gb free limit for free. Just thinking…..

DropBox Info: http://www.dropbox.com/features

DropBox PC & Mac Download (look for the correct version for your OS):
http://www.dropbox.com/features

DropBox Mobile Download (look for the correct version for your device):
Go to the app store for your mobile device

The 10 Computer Apps Murray Can’t Live Without

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Here’s my  list of the 10 computer apps I can’t live without. I try to keep them both Mac and PC, but some are not cross platform compatible, anyway – here we go! I’m adding one per month, so check back for the rest.

#1 – Seamonkey (a computer app)

What the heck a Seamonkey is anyway?   Mozilla (remember Netscape Navigator?) named this app after the real thingMozilla  is an “open source” community that provides such better-known apps as the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird email client. Seamonkey is cool because it has a Firefox like browser, a Thunderbird like email client AND a built in WYSIWYG HTML editor, an IRC chat client, a news group client, and an easy to use address book (download links below).

There are so many advantages of using Mozilla apps over especially the Microsoft apps (Internet Explorer and Outlook), the biggest being security. You have a lot better chance of avoiding being the target of malicious emails and web viruses by using Mozilla products. Sad but true, hackers most often target Microsoft products. That’s reason enough to switch, isn’t it? Add to that the ease of use and stability of Mozilla, and you’re nuts (sorry) for using IE or OE!

As part-time web page designers and developers, we have another huge reason not to use IE – we hate it. It is the biggest single source of coding headaches in the universe. Developers can code all day long and have their web content work just fine – as long as they don’t view it in IE. We are forced to throw “conditional comments” into the code to have our beautifully coded work “work” right with IE. So, throw out IE (please!!!) and coding for the web would be a trillion times more efficient and simple.

Currently, the browser market share looks something like this.
October 2011:  IE-22.4%, Firefox-40.6%, Chrome-30.3%, Safari -3.8%, Opera-2.3%

* Source: http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

That’s 22.4% for IE (boo), and you can figure out the rest (yeah!). What’s it mean? IE is loosing market share to the good browsers. Mozilla has zoomed ahead in the last couple of years, and Chrome, Google’s new browser, is sure to bite even more into that market share very quickly.

Where does Seamonkey fit in? Seamonkey’s browser looks, feels and behaves much the same as Firefox, it works great, but seems to have just a few more issues with certain web sites that develop only for the major browsers (IE, Firefox, etc.). We use both Seamonkey and when we need to – Firefox, but you could use both Firefox and Thunderbird like a lot of folks do just as easily as you use IE and Outlook Express, with a lot less stress, a lot more efficiency, and way more fun.

Well there you go, now go get it – because its there!

Seamonkey download page (look for the correct version for your OS):
http://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

Or if you prefer Firefox:
Mac OSX: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/upgrade.html
Windows: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/download.html?product=firefox-3.5.5&os=win?=en-US

Thunderbird:
Mac OSX: http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/download/?product=thunderbird-2.0.0.23&os=osx?=en-US
Windows: http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/download/?product=thunderbird-2.0.0.23&os=win?=en-US

Two months ago,  I started my “Top-Ten list of Apps I Can’t Live Without with Seamonkey”, you can read the article here, or read all of The 10 Computer Apps Murray Can’t live without here.

 

This month, since I missed a month (sorry I was busy, find out doing what here) – I’m going to tell you about two apps that when used together allow you to manage and store passwords and user names securely and access them no matter where you are (as long as you have an internet or mobile connection).  Here’s how I do it.

 

keepass logo#2 – Keepass and KeePassX (a computer and mobile app)

 

I don’t know about you, but I have at least 100 different sites, apps, accounts or whatever that I need to have user names and passwords for. I started out years ago with a post-it note on my bulletin board, and soon it was on to an Excel spreadsheet. Problem was, if for any reason some bad person got into my computer, they could easily open the spreadsheet and get and get all my passwords.

 

I used a Mac only app for years, but recently I found KeePass (KeePassX for Mac). Keepass is a highly encrypted open source app that allows you to store your user names, passwords, site URL’s, notes and more in an easy to use and SAFE database.

 

It’s Free, But….

 

KeePass once again is Open Source – that means it’s free! But, if you want to use it without being at your computer there’s a catch. It is not a “cloud” app. That means that the app resides on the hard drive of a computer somewhere and that means if you are on your smart phone, you can’t get to your KeePass on your computer to retrieve your passwords, right?

 

Not exactly….

 

Here’s How You Can Use KeePass Anywhere!

 

Well, how do you access KeePass if it’s not a cloud app and it is on my computer hard drive (you ask)? Not only is KeePass a computer app, it’s available for mobile devices like iPhones, Android phones, etc. (download links below). If you have KeePass on your computer, and you have KeePass on your mobile, you can access it anywhere, here’s how.

(KeePass info and download information are at the end of the #3 – DropBox post)

 

#3 – DropBox To The Rescue!

 

DropBox is a free (up to 2 gigabytes of storage free, more for $$) cloud application that allows you put ANYTHING into your DropBox on your computer, and then share it with ANYONE that you give access to! You can share photos, documents and in this case your KeePass database when you put the KeePass database into the DropBox folder on your computer. Another great benefit to DropBox is that it securely stores the documents in your DropBox on their servers, so you can to access the stuff in your DropBox from any computer anywhere as long as there is an internet connection.

 

Simply go to the link below, download DropBox onto your hard drive, then create a DropBox account online. Now, when you

 

Wrap It All Up – Passwords and User Names Anywhere – Anytime.

 

1. Put your KeePass database in your DropBox.

 

2. Download the DropBox and KeePass mobile apps for your mobile device.

 

3. Open DropBox on your mobile device and voila – your KeePass database is there for you to access and even edit if you like.

 

This works great for me, it’s all free, it’s secure, it takes minimum set-up, and it is easy to use once it is set up. Hope you like it!

 

More Information and To Download

KeePass

KeePass Info: http://keepass.info/

KeePass PC & Mac Download (look for the correct version for your OS): http://keepass.info/download.html

KeePass Mobile Download (look for the correct version for your device):m Go to the app store for your mobile device

DropBox

DropBox is free. However, if you decide to get DropBox, email us here. We will send you an invitation to get DropBox and by doing it this way we can get additional space above the 20gb free limit for free. Just thinking…..

DropBox Info: http://www.dropbox.com/features

DropBox PC & Mac Download (look for the correct version for your OS):http://www.dropbox.com/features

DropBox Mobile Download (look for the correct version for your device): Go to the app store for your mobile device

 

 

 

 

QR Codes – Get ’em, Use ’em, Read ’em

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Earth To Murray“Earth to Murray! Earth to Murray! Use QR Codes. They’re powerful. They’re easy. They’re free. Over.”

“Murray to earth. What the heck is a QR Code? Over.”

“Earth to Murray. Read this – goofstick. Over.”

“Murray to Earth. Roger. Wilco.”

 

  • What is a QR code?
    • Short for Quick Response code. A square, 2D bar code containing data that can be read by smart phones with cameras and other bar code scanning devices
  • What kind of data? (Just a few examples)
  • How do I “Get” a QR Code?
    • Our pals at Reynolds Marketing (yep that’s me – my “other” life) can generate print and web ready QR Codes for you quickly and at a reasonable price. They’ll even print up business cards for you! Call Murray Reynolds today at 951-506-1956 for details.
  • How do I “Read” a QR Code
    • First you get a FREE app for your smart phone (Android Market, iPhone Store, Blackberry Market), then you use your smart phone’s camera.
          • Apps: There’s lot’s of choices, but we use Barcode Scanner on our Android (also available for iPhone). Some of our clients have reported good iPhone results with Red Laser Scanner. BeeTagg has readers for those and Blackberry too.

That’s all there is to it. Here’s my QR Codes.

QR Code For Link To: TheReynoldsRealtyGroup.com

QR Code For Link To: TheReynoldsRealtyGroup.com

QR Code For: Murray Reynolds Contact Information

QR Code For:Murray Reynolds Contact Information

#1 of the 10 Computer Apps Murray Can’t Live Without

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Here’s my start of a list of the 10 computer apps I can’t live without. I try to keep them both Mac and PC, but some are not cross platform compatible, anyway – here we go! Check back for the rest, next week is a really good one!

1. Seamonkey

What the heck a Seamonkey is anyway?   Mozilla (remember Netscape Navigator?) named this app after the real thingRead the rest of this entry »