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Unsaved document on a Mac

David, an editor friend of mine, recently bought a Mac. In a blog post, he mentioned keeping his Windows computer until he’s sure that he can run his business using a Mac. While he’s on the road to that conclusion, I thought I’d post a Mac-specific tip

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The true value of a computer

Many people choose their computers mainly (if not solely) by price. That’s understandable, since non-tech-savvy people don’t know how to evaluate the relative merits of different makes and models. Initial purchase price does matter, of course. But if you’re concerned about ALL the money you’ll spend on

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Social media: a better explanation

People commonly tell me they don’t get this Facebook-Twitter-Linkedin-Youtube-Myspace-whathaveyou world of ours. I don’t blame them. In our enthusiasm, we’ve created a jumble of spaghetti using social media.

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What’s Google Wave?

In 2009, Google created this thing called Wave. Google tried to explain what Wave is for, but their explanations and blog fall a little short for me. That’s why I’m glad authors Gina Trapani and Adam Pash chose to demystify Wave by writing and publishing The Complete

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Threading email

top level of an email thread

Anybody who uses Google Mail knows what threads are – “chains” of emails related by topic and usually ordered by date. They differ from the ordinary “inbox view” where emails appear ordered by date of arrival, “From” address or other criteria. Why are threads useful? Threads (or

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What iPads Did To My Family

Plenty of buzz surrounds Apple’s new iPad, even though many people ask “but what is it for?” If you don’t know what it’s for, check out this amusing blog post, “What iPads Did To My Family.” Less techie readers might want to skip the “Some Context” part

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Insight on complexity

So much complexity in software comes from trying to make one thing do two things. This blog, Signal vs. Noise, caters to a techier audience than the one I’m aiming for with this blog. That said, the above quote applies to so many things beside software that

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What is the cloud?

The Arctic Obiter, a publication of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories, reprinted an article of mine about law practice management using software as a service (SaaS, aka cloud computing). While I wrote this two-page article for lawyers, the business concepts surrounding SaaS that I discussed

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Organizing email folders (mailboxes)

Top-level email folders

Like file folders on your computer (Windows Explorer or the Finder on the Mac), you can put folders in other folders in your Mail program. Why would you do this? Consider these possibilities: You deal with 20 clients whose email you keep in their own client folders.

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Taming your inbox – filing email

Why does your email so often bother you? There’s spam, there are unwanted jokes and chain email, there’s the hassle of checking it all, and probably a dozen other reasons. Maybe the main reason email gets on your nerves is this: you keep every email you get

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