TechnoZen

The best web browser home screen, bar none

Web browsing can be the bane of my productivity. There. I wrote it. Actually, I did write it once before, in this blog post about RescueTime. I recently figured out another way to use RescueTime to boost my productivity, and it’s so simple I can’t believe I

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Slow Internet connections

I wish I could tell you this common problem had an easy solution, but all too often it doesn’t. That said, consider these basic tips before you call your Internet service provider to sound off.

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Limit your screen time

If you know me, this might sound funny coming from me: I encourage people to get away from screens of all kinds, computer, TV, phone and otherwise, as often as they can. I actually follow this advice. For instance, the main reason I don’t have an iPad

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10 smartphone security tips

Ryan Fahey at InfoSec Institute sent me an article about security tips for Android phones. After I read it, I realized the title of the article implies a scope much narrower than the article offers. The tips in this article go beyond just Android – they apply to

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Getting website statistics

For a self-described geek, I don’t spend enough time tracking my website’s performance or improving upon it. Then I got a message via my website’s contact form that got me thinking about my site’s place on the web.

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Pulling text out of PDFs

My favorite way to research is to ask questions of subject matter experts. They take you right to the core of a topic and help you consider angles you didn’t know about. My second-favorite way to research is to read documents online and pull text from them

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The most common reason computers slow down

Your computer has been running well for a long time, but lately it’s been limping along. Why is that? Here’s the most common reason:

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Securing your LinkedIn account

Over the past year or so, well-publicized hacks into email services and social networks have prompted me to change several passwords. Of particular concern is all the spam I get from Yahoo addresses. The problem has died off, but several months ago I must have sent an

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Rescuing my time

I won’t say I get distracted too much during the workday, but I’d like to know how productive I am without having to manually track my time. So for the past few months, I’ve been using RescueTime. In essence, RescueTime tallies the time you spend using specific

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My interview on BlogTalk Radio – Getting Started on LinkedIn

Back on April 29, 2013, Cindy Stradling interviewed me on BlogTalk Radio. Stradling heads Athena Training and Consulting, a group of professionals who provide training, coaching and consulting services to all sorts of businesses. We spoke about the basics of LinkedIn, dwelling on how to get started

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