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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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The Data Liberation Front

The Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose singular goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products.  We do this because we believe that you should be able to export any data that you create in (or import into) a product.  We help and consult other engineering teams within Google on how to "liberate" their products. 


Great things are happening at Google!  This is another fine example of how they are practicing "Not being evil"  by making it easy to control and manage your data.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Google Goggles!

Use pictures to search the web.

A picture is worth a thousand words.No need to type your search anymore. Just take a picture.
Find out what businesses are nearby.Just point your phone at a store.
This is just the beginning - it's not quite perfect yet.Works well for some things, but not for all.
Your pictures, your control.Turn on 'visual search history' to view or share your pictures at any time. Turn it off to discard them once the search is done.
I'm a dedicated iPhone user who is not happy with my my cellular provider, who will remain nameless:)  Here is yet another killer app from google that has me seriously considering a droid.  iPhone Apps vs. Android Apps 

Monday, December 14, 2009

Questions? Is Facebook clueless, unethical or just unlucky? Why?

Did you read the new TOS of Facebook?  If you didn't then you are sharing your info with "Everyone".

1. Is Facebook clueless, unethical or just unlucky? Why?
2. Will Facebook’s latest behavior result in more lawsuits and/or
industry regulation?
3. Do you trust Facebook with your information?

Check out this informative article by Jason Calacanis

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Facebook: Russo's Pizza Fan Club

Russo's Pizza has been serving delicious food to the West Michigan area for 20+ years.

I'm a huge fan of Russo's Pizza because Mike Russo and his staff serve fresh ingredients with exceptional flavor each and every time!

Want to try a fantastic dessert? Ask for the cannolia! It's made fresh and goes fast so ask early and often:)

or paste the following link in your browser:
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Michigan Blizzard of 2009

The current blizzard conditions of snowing, blowing, ice, and sub zero wind chill has been raging since December eighth two thousand nine. The storm has caused school cancelations, road closures and massive chaos throughout West Michigan communities. The level of awareness and the ability to prepare for these circumstances has allowed us to be able to cope much better than we have in the past. We should alway remember to be prepared when travelling out in this weather no matter how long or short the distance. Must have items to have with you in your car during winter travel in no particular order:
  1. Jumper cables: So you can help someone or help yourself with a jump.
  2. Blankets: Keeping warm while waiting for a wrecker that could take hours is essential.
  3. Cell phone: even if you have an old one that doesn't have a service plan you can still dial 911 for free.
  4. Protein or Granola bars: because you have to eat:)
  5. Flashlights: The LED style are very effective and can be seen for a long way.
  6. Flairs: Can get the attention of passing vehicles and serve a warning to other passing motorists to steer clear of the area.
  7. Extra set of: clothes, gloves, hats, and a scarf.
  8. Communicate: Tell a friend or family member before you leave, and when you get to your destination.
  9. If you don't have to leave then don't:)
Happy and safe travels!

PO BOX 120011
Grand Rapids, MI 49528
(616) 389-0314
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Black Friday 2009

Black Friday deals are everywhere!  Hungry? Check out Soc Trang Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant  Near M-6 and Kalamazoo, Between Meijer & Target.  

Soc Trang lunch selections start at $5.50; in addition lunch specials are available between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Bonus Black Friday Coupon!  (Buy one lunch get the second one free!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day 2009

To all of our Veterans:
I want to sincerely thank you for your dedication and sacrifice.  

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Best use: Gmail to text notification

Best use: Gmail to text notification:

Identify specific incoming messages, have them forwarded to your phone from gmail via text message so you know instantly when they arrive.

How to use your gmail account to forward a notification via text message.

Goto gmail ~Settings ~ Filters ~ Create a new filter ~ fill in the specific keywords or from category ~ Next step ~ Forward it to:

ATT = your 10 digit

Sprint = your 10 digit

Verizon = your 10 digit

T-Mobile = your 10 digit

Last step don't forget to hit the create filter button to finish!

Test it, then your done.

Great for the small business person that is on the road or out of the office.

It's a tremendous leap over your competition who don't use instant notification, if you actually follow up when you get the call:)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Slimbuddha Records presents HeerMee Studios!

Slimbuddha Records presents HeerMee Studios!

I had a great time working with Troy Horton and
his team of professionals at the Full Service Recording 
Studio located at the Lakes Mall in Muskegon Michigan.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking for 
professional recording quality at very reasonable prices.

Prices range from $35 for a 15-minute professional-quality audio recording, which includes an edited, burned CD, to $120 for a 60-minute video DVD. Call HeerMee Studios (231) 798-4200
Troy Horton

Wait five minutes...

Battling the common cold.  Sadly most everyone I know is sick and tired from the flu or cold.  The weather changes from warm and comfortable to freezing and wet.  This as we say is "Michigan Weather",  wait five minutes and it will change.  Learning how to deal with the weather can have a direct impact on your health.  I take daily vitamins as well as vitamin C packs with minerals.  Wash my hands frequently, and try not to rub my eyes!

When I'm sick I double up on the C.  Stock up on chicken noodle soup and keep the tea, lemon and honey flowing.  Oh and get lots of rest, not sure how to do that yet but I'm trying!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Search Engine Optimization = Cyber Snake Oil

A fool and his money are soon parted.” Thomas Tusser quotes (English Farmer and Writer. 1524-1580)

Snake oil salesmen out in cyberspace guaranteeing your web site will come up at the top of the google search results if you just pay them!   Beware small business owner looking to generate more traffic for a few dollars.  There really is no quick fix, one time submission or a magic url.  Just relevant content that is useful and accurate to the consumer looking to purchase your product or service.  Want to advertise effectively and stay under budget?  Try Google Adwords, keep your site up to date and relevant.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Drug commercials on television.

I tend to watch a moderate amount of television and I'm disgusted at how many drug commercials are aired. Most of them pray on the weak and desperate, with the promise of feeling better. Drug commercials should be banned and doctors should be accountable for prescribing the proper medications.