I got a call from a client who needed to quickly convert a Word document into a PDF, and they really did not want to have to install an additional application to accomplish this task. I found that Google Docs offers the ability to do just this. All you need is a Google account. Read More
At one point during WordCamp 2007, there was a woman sitting in one of the front rows who explained that she was using WordPress as a blog to capture moments in her niece’s life. I thought, how cool is that! WordPress could be used like a digital scrapbook. Read More
One of the things I find interesting during second in-home break/fix calls, or a recent follow-up of another technician, is how lazy PC technicians have become when it comes to a general cleaning.
I have been in the business for quite a while, and I am amazed at how much positive feedback from after service surveys when doing a general system cleaning I receive, such as using compressed air and/or some sort of cleaning wipe. Read More
Recently, some friends asked me about installing a wireless router on their network. The need was to get an Xbox 360 connected to Xbox Live. My friend currently uses a cable connection through Brighthouse Networks, and after doing some research via Google, I was shocked to find time-after-time in multiple areas, Brighthouse Networks is trying to charge an outrageous $14.95 per month for what it calls Home Networking. For what this charge is for, I am not sure.
A few years ago after becoming active in the Kern County community, I found this report titled, Conectados: Connecting Los Angeles Underserved Communities, which was completed by The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) in April 2003. The TRPI is a Latino think tank that is a free-standing, nonprofit policy research organization which is headquartered at the University of Southern California. Read More
For those field engineers and technicians who may be starting out and building a bag of tools, you may be surprised to find that The Home Depot has a great selection and decent prices when it comes to various network-related tools and products. Read More
Bakersfield companies would be wise to take advantage of adding a map listing in Google’s Local Business Center (LBC). It’s currently free and an easy way to give your company more exposure on the Internet when it comes to mapped searches. In addition, Google has other new and innovating uses of this data which will help your company stay up-to-date with emerging search technologies.
I listen to the Daily Source Code podcast with Adam Curry. In DSC episode #529, Adam was troubleshooting his Internet and WiFi connections. As he had access to the telco closet in his building, Adam kept describing a wiring harness that he did not know the name of, which is a 66 block.
I thought it would be no big deal to call-in and leave a message, especially as that is what we promote on the Stockcarzone podcast, listener feedback. Boy was I wrong. Leaving feedback via voicemail is easier said than done. I definitely have a new appreciation for all the Stockcarzone listeners, and anyone else who puts themselves out there and leaves feedback. Not only did I feel rigid when I called-in, I ended up sounding rigid.
Jan ’12 Update: Unfortunately the plugin player I was using conflicted with the new theme I’m using 🙁 However, here’s the mp3 link.
I was so nervous. So much so, that Adam had a little fun with my call. So to highlight my 15 seconds of DSC fame, at the bottom of this post you can listen to the clip from DSC episode #530.
I had a rare look into the record industry during a VOIP install project which included two major recording labels. Without divulging too much as to who the labels were, this article sums up some of the thoughts about what I saw from an outsider’s view.
Prior to the rollout, I was curious about what kind of portable media players I would find in employees’ workstations. Instead, I saw nothing but CD-based listening systems, almost like it was taboo to have any music in digital format.